Funding & Scholarships

This page highlights the scholarships and funds coordinated by The Diversity Center and the Center for Gender Equity.  Additionally, there are various internal and external funding resources available to PLU students to support your academic success, wellbeing, and post college aspirations.  We invite you to schedule a meeting with us to share more about your needs and interests with the hope that we can connect you with resources that align.  Contact Information: Diversity Center Staff      Center for Gender Equity Staff

PLU students are also able to submit a CARE Form for themselves or a fellow student to communicate any concerns regarding overall wellbeing.  The Student Care Network follows up with all submissions and works to connect students with resources to support their needs which may include emergency funds.  Submit a Care Form

Black and African American Students

Good Trouble Fund
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of the day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” – John Lewis

Black and African American students are invited to apply to the Good Trouble Fund for funds that support their engagement in academic and cocurricular activities such as the costs such as books, study away, course fees, student/faculty research, professional associations dues, and co-curricular involvement. Up to $500 funds are available to students on a rolling basis as they are available and can be granted to a student one time in their duration at PLU. Students should complete the Good Trouble Fund form sharing the intended use and dollar amount requested. Following submission, all applicants will receive an email from a Diversity Center or Center for Gender Equity staff member to coordinate the request.

Undocumented Students

Undocumented Student Fund
The Undocumented Student Fund provides financial support for PLU Undocumented Students seeking resources for legal fees, academic success, and leadership development.  In the past, this fund has supported requests including access to course materials, DACA applications, emergency gap fund, lawyer consultations.  Undocumented Students seeking funding for course materials can do so on the Undocumented Student Resource Page.  For all other funding questions and requests, please contact undocu@plu.edu to connect with an Undocumented Student Task Force member.

LGBTQIA+ Students

Algers LGBTQ Scholarship
The Alger LGBTQ+ Scholarship is a $1750 per semester, award designed to lift up and affirm LGBTQ+ students at PLU.  This scholarship is attached to an internship position that requires that the recipient commit 5hrs/week as The Queer and Trans Programming Intern at the CGE.

Leadership Scholarships

Rieke Scholarship 

Rieke Scholars are students who advocate for diversity, social justice, and sustainability within their communities.  Students who receive and accept the Rieke Scholarship award commit to participating in a community of learners with a focus on individual professional development, group collaborations, and influencing system for social change for a full academic year.  Rieke Scholarships are awarded each spring to current and incoming PLU students.

Katherine Kandel and Elizabeth Oleksak Scholarship 

The scholarship shines light on the immense importance and influence of women in community, especially those women who have been invisible in the history of our society.  The scholarship represents a belief that power and influence should not be limited by gender, race, sexuality, class or access to education. Each spring the scholarship will be awarded to a PLU student committed to support the mission of the Center for Gender Equity through research or programming.