ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri Courage Scholarship (MCS) and Pride St. Louis, Inc. announced today their strategic and financial partnership. In an effort to leverage resources and lower administrative costs, the two organizations will work together to provide more scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, and ally (LGBTQIA) Missouri students who show courage in their communities and who need financial assistance to begin or continue their higher education.

Courage Scholarshi“We were honored that Pride St. Louis reached out to us to explore a partnership," stated Jacob Wilson, Missouri Courage Scholarship’s Founder and Co-Chair. "As an established, well-respected LGBTQIA organization, Pride St. Louis is able to help us reach students across the state and reward those working to create safe, affirming communities for all."

"This partnership will enable funding of even more scholarships for Missouri students, helping achieve the missions of both organizations,” Wilson continued.

The partnership will also allow MCS to operate under the umbrella of Pride St. Louis’ 501c3 non-profit tax protections, hence donations made to MCS will be tax exempt.

“As an organization that has worked with the St. Louis and larger Missouri communities for many years, we know the importance of working together with like-minded organizations to make the most of every dollar we raise," said Leon A. Braxton, Jr., Pride St. Louis Director of Scholarships and Community Outreach. "In this case it was a perfect match - the Pride St. Louis Scholarship Committee is always looking for more opportunities to help Missouri students."

The goal of the two organizations is to hand out up to $20,000 in scholarships in 2016, and continue to raise money for even more scholarships in the future.

“I see this as a long-term opportunity for two organizations that celebrate diversity and support higher education for the LGBTQIA community and its allies,” added Geneviève Steidtmann, MCS Co-Chair.

MCS acknowledges, affirms, and rewards the courage of those graduating seniors and current college students who have demonstrated their willingness to work for change in their community to advance the lives of LGBTQIA people and other groups who have historically faced discrimination.

Pride St. Louis has a longstanding support of scholarship within the LGBTQIA community.

"Taking the initiative to support our own community is essential: the foundation which enables us to better educate, empower and push towards the future of equality,” offered Matt Harper, Pride St. Louis President.

The overall mission of Pride St. Louis is to foster an understanding and tolerance of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Ally community in the general population by raising awareness through educational programs and events including an annual Pride Festival to ultimately achieve unity and harmony.


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