About the HPF Scholarship

The Hudson Pride Foundation scholarship award was created as a way to reward community involvement and encourage Columbia County students to pursue a college education. Each year, one Columbia County School District High School graduating senior, who has demonstrated a real commitment to promoting and supporting LGBT equal rights and made a positive difference in the LGBT community in some measurable way, will receive $1,000 for each year of college (up to 4 years).

Scholarships are also available to previous winners who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university or other post-secondary institution and has maintained a 3.0 GPA or better.


The 2016 Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship Winners

The main mission of the Hudson Pride Foundation has always been to raise money for our scholarships. Going to college is expensive, and while our scholarships will not cover all of the costs or even most of the costs it will at least cover some of the costs. Every little bit helps.

Why do we focus on education? Because an educated mind is more likely to embrace equality, fight for justice, and push back against prejudice, bigotry and misinformation. An educated mind is an open mind. We strive to open more minds. -The Hudson Pride Foundation


Mikala Menegio-Stahl

2016 graduate of Chatham High School in Ghent. Mikala will continue her education at American University in Washington, DC, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Arabic.

Mikala will be receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship.


Zachary M. Krein

2016 graduate of Hudson High School. Zach will be attending college at Columbia Greene Community College in August 2016 and will be a Science major.

Zack will be receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship.


Amber Harris

2015 graduate of Hudson High School. Amber will be attending the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in the fall.

For the second year in a row, Amber will be receiving the "Hetrick Martin Institute/Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship" presented by Mr. Thomas Krever, CEO of the Hetrick-Martin Institute.


Sam Engel

2015 Graduate of Chatham High School. He will be attending Gettysburg College in the fall.

For the second year in a row, Sam will be receiving "The Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship sponsored and presented by The Barlow".


Nick Ganey

2013 graduate of Hudson High School. Nick will be receiving his FOURTH and final Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship. Nick will be entering into his Senior year at Boston University.

Nick will be receiving the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship. 


Past Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship Winners

2015: Lauren Borosky, Nick Ganey, Amber Harris, Sam Engel
2014: Lauren Borosky, Nick Ganey, Rachael Seider, Claire Villanova
2013: Lauren Borosky, Charlie Ferrusi, Nick Ganey, Rachael Seider
2012: Lauren Borosky, Charlie Ferrusi, Rachael Seider
2011: Charlie Ferrusi
2010: Charlie Ferrusi, Timothy Howard

To date, The Hudson Pride Foundation has given out $23k in scholarships!  Thank you to all of you for your support.




The Hudson Pride Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization. The Hudson Pride Foundation relies on private donations, grants, and local businesses for our efforts. The Hudson Pride Foundation is a registered 501(c)3, and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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