Scholarship Program

We award eleven $1,000 scholarships each year to Rowan County high school seniors - public, private, or home schooled - who are LGBTQ or allies. Since its creation in 2008, our scholarship program has awarded $103,000 to 103 deserving students.
See more details about each of our scholarships below.

We are no longer taking applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Thank you to all who applied and congratulations to our recipients!
We will begin taking applications for the 2023-2024 school year in winter 2023.

This scholarship is named in honor of Salisbury native Anne Stanback and her wife, Charlotte Kinlock. A 2006 inductee of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, and graduate of Yale Divinity School, Anne's work as Executive Director of “Love Makes A Family” led the way nationally, and was instrumental in bringing marriage equality to Connecticut.

This scholarship is named in honor of Salisbury native Linda Ketner. While building her own legacy as a philanthropist, activist and businesswoman, Linda believed service to the community is one of our most important personal attributes. This scholarship is awarded to those active in community service.

This scholarship was created in honor of Roger and Linda Hull's gay son. The Hull's wanted the recipient of this scholarship to be active in their faith community.

This scholarship was created by benefactors Tom and Joyce Caddell in memory of Russell, an accomplished musician who died of AIDS in 1988. This scholarship is awarded to a student who is active in performing arts or pursuing further education in performing arts.

This scholarship is named in memory of Scotty Ray Gilbert, a past board member and entertainment director of Salisbury Pride, Inc., who died unexpectedly in 2012, and is funded by Salisbury Pride.

Created at 10th anniversary celebration of Salisbury Pride in June 2022, this scholarship is named for the many founders of Salisbury Pride, two of whom include Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG founders Mike Clawson and Carol Williams-Swoope.

This scholarship is named in honor of NC businessman Bob Page, founder and CEO of Replacements Limited near Greensboro. Page is a longtime supporter of PFLAG and active advocate of LGBTQ rights. This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing a career in business.

This scholarship is named in memory of the two Salisbury businessmen, philanthropists, and PFLAG Dads, Ralph Ketner and Bill Stanback, who were early supporting members of Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG. Formerly known as the Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG Equality Scholarship, this is awarded specifically to a straight ally and advocate of the LGBTQ community.

This scholarship is named in memorial of an early supporter and past president of Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG, Carol Williams-Swoope, after her unexpected death in January 2020. A local humanitarian, she worked for Food Lion Offices and helped start their Department of Diversity and Inclusion. As a tireless LGBTQ advocate she also supported many social justice causes, both local and national. This scholarship is awarded to those who demonstrate a passion for social justice.

Our newest scholarship is named in honor of Laurene C. Bralley, a mother, ally, and friend whose determination inspired those who knew her to never give up and persevere against all odds.

In 2017, we introduced this faculty award, named for Bob Johnsen, who was the first faculty advisor for North Rowan High School's GSA and current Carson High School GSA advisor. This award is given to a teacher or faculty member identified by our scholarship applicants as a person who openly stands for and supports LGBTQ+ students and the Gender & Sexualities Alliances in their schools.

To apply, download our scholarship application here. Email your completed application to or mail to:

Salisbury-Rowan PFLAG
Attn: Scholarship Administrator
1080 Wentwood Lane
Salisbury, NC 28147

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the program!