The Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center education fund is named after the 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. This fund was created to provide financial support for high school graduates who display leadership toward LGBTQ+ equality.

The Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center seeks to mitigate the prohibitive costs associated with post high school/HSE graduation to make a brighter future possible for young LGBTQ+ people. We are seeking candidates who have taken active roles in their communities advocating for change. We are open to all types of agents of change, for example: candidates who have started an anti-bullying campaign, mentored younger students, pushed boundaries as an out student leader or athlete, written articles addressing a need for change, engage in student government, started or participated in a GSA, and other styles of advocacy with the goal of change for the greater good. We are also excited to hear and learn about other styles of leadership that may not be listed here.  We will be awarding 10 participants up to $500.

Deadline: August 30th, 2022


  • NY Resident in Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan or Ulster County
  • Identifies as LGBTQ+, or as an Ally
  • Graduating Senior/Current College Student
  • A Letter of Recommendation from a Non-Family Member/Friend

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J. Tracy Hermann Education Fund

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Hudson Valley LGBTQ+ Community Center Agreement

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