Niche College Scholarship

Rise Up Scholarship

April 15, 2025
Awards Available: 3

Scholarship Description

The Rise Up Scholarship - In Honor of Marja V. Kudej, funded by the Casa BruMar Foundation, aims to support LGBTQIA+, nonbinary youth, and their straight and cis allies in their educational pursuits. It provides financial aid to students under 25 residing in Virginia who are attending or planning to attend a four-year college or university. This scholarship recognizes the socioeconomic and health disadvantages faced by the LGBTQIA+ community and seeks to promote inclusive advocacy and community service.

Scholarship Details

  • Designed for LGBTQIA+, nonbinary youth, and allies
  • For students attending or planning to attend a four-year college or university
  • Financial aid for tuition, room and board, or books and supplies
  • Primary recipient receives up to $1,000 per year, for a maximum of 4 years
  • Additional one-time awards possible, based on funding availability

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to LGBTQIA+, nonbinary youth, and straight and cis allies
  • Aged 25 or under
  • Residency in Virginia at the time of application
  • Enrollment or plans to enroll in a four-year college or university

Application Process

  1. Submit an essay (up to 1000 words) or a video (max 3 minutes) explaining your role in the LGBTQIA+ community
  2. Essay/Video should demonstrate how the scholarship will benefit your education and future impact
  3. Include a sponsor's contact information who can attest to your advocacy (non-relative adult)
  4. Provide an unofficial transcript to confirm GPA upon selection
  5. Recipients over 18 to provide legal name, under 18 to provide guardian's contact info Scholarship Search