The J. Tracy Hermann scholarship was created to provide financial support for a high school graduate who displays leadership toward LGBTQ+ equality. The Community Center seeks to help mitigate the prohibitive costs associated with post secondary education and to make a brighter future possible for young LGBTQ+ people.

Candidates take active roles in their communities and are agents of change. Candidates may have started a GSA or anti-bullying campaign, mentored younger students, pushed boundaries as an out athlete, written cutting edge articles in their school paper, engaged in student government, combated bullying by being an active bystander, raised money for an LGBTQ+ cause, or worked with local government to expand non-discrimination policies. We are excited to hear from candidates about the forms their leadership takes. $500 scholarships will be awarded to selected candidates who identify as LGBTQIA+ or act as allies.

The Community Center youth scholarship is named after The Community Center’s former Executive Director, J. Tracy Hermann, a highly esteemed civic leader who brought many communities together through his steadfast commitment to equality and justice for all.

New York Resident in Dutchess, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Putnam, or Ulster County

Identification under the larger LGBTQIA+ community and spectrums of marginalized gender and sexual identity including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender, Non-binary, Genderqueer, Agender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, and Demisexual identities or active allyship to those communities.

There are no requirements of financial need, however financial circumstances will be taken into consideration.

There is an annual application period in early summer. Please subscribe to our email list or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on future open application periods.