The purpose of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber Foundation Scholarship Award is to motivate and assist Greater Sacramento’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and other supportive students in pursuing and completing an educational degree or vocational certificate.
Applicants must reside in or plan to attend a university, college, or school in one of the following counties: Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sierra, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba. The student must be enrolled in the 12th grade of high school or in a university or college, or a qualified vocational school, or intended to be so enrolled in Fall. The student must submit a full completed scholarship application. Applications that are not fully completed will be disqualified. The student must have a minimum 2.9 cumulative grade point average or equivalent grading. Applications are open from March 1st through June 30th.
Awards and Conditions
Scholarship winners will be notified in writing or by phone call by end of July. At least $4,000 of scholarships will be awarded, of no less than $750 for a vocational or $1,000 for a collegiate institution each. One-half of the award will be paid upon verification of enrollment at the institution listed on the application and the student’s grade point average. The remaining half will be paid at the end of the first term of instruction upon verification of the student’s grade point average. The scholar is responsible for getting verification to the Foundation. Scholarship recipients agree that the Foundation may post their photographs, names, goals and objectives on the Foundation’s website. An applicant may, without any adverse impact on the consideration of his/her application, indicate in writing on the application that any award remain confidential. In such event, attendance at the dinner will not be required, the recipient will not be identified by name at the dinner, and the Foundation will not place that recipient’s information on the Foundation website. However, the Foundation cannot further guarantee confidentiality.
Scholarship award decisions are made by the Scholarship Committee of the Rainbow Chamber Foundation. Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:
* Academic achievement based on grade point average
* Life experiences
* History of involvement with the LGBT community or in related issues and activities
* Quality of written expression.