P.R.I.D.E. Scholars Success Program

The P.R.I.D.E. Scholars Success Program is committed to the success of all its LGBTQ+ students. Its main objective is to assure that LGBTQ+ students have the necessary support systems at Cerritos, in and out of the classroom; and to encourage self-actualization through Perseverance, Resilience, and Innovative Development in Education.

The P.R.I.D.E. Scholars Success Program serves as an expansion of the P.R.I.D.E. Scholars' educational journey by providing multiple opportunities to challenge themselves and to explore potential in different capacities. Additionally, there are several opportunities for students to cultivate community; and to discover and embrace unique facets of their identities throughout their journeys as P.R.I.D.E. Scholars.

Students do not have to identify exclusively as LGBTQ+ to join the program; allies are welcome to participate.

There is no deadline to complete the Program. It has been designed so that a student may complete it within one semester; however, participating students will have the entirety of their academic journeys at Cerritos College to complete it.

Program Requirements:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Must be in good standing with Cerritos College.
  • Attend the LGBTQ+ Career Planning Workshop.
  • Attend at least one LGBTQ+ Leadership Workshop.
  • Meet with the LGBTQ+ Program Facilitator three times to assess your Program Standing.
  • Accumulate 125 P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship points.
  • Complete the end-of-the-program survey.


P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship Points are accumulated through intentional engagement with the LGBTQ+ Program and the variety of programming it houses and hosts throughout the year. Engagement has been partitioned into the following three (III) tiers under the P.R.I.D.E. Scholars Success Program:

  • Volunteer & Engagement (I)
  • Leadership & Professional Development (II)
  • LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Communities* (III)

*Tier III of the P.R.I.D.E. Scholars Success Program, LGBTQIA+ Living Learning Communities, is expected to expand to include additional components for Fall 2024 and all semesters thereafter:

The higher the tier, the more rigorous the tasks and expectations are; however, the completion of these engagements yields a greater amount of P.R.I.D.E. Scholarship points as a positive consequence. 


Completion of the Program

Upon successful completion of the P.R.I.D.E. Scholars Success Program, Scholars are invited to walk in the annual Long Beach Pride Parade with Cerritos College, receive a P.R.I.D.E. Scholars Announcement at Lavender Graduation, and earn the totem of P.R.I.D.E. Scholars: an LGBTQ+ Tote Bag comprised of exclusive P.R.I.D.E. Scholar and Lavender Graduation regalia.


Program Benefits

  • Advocacy and allyship development
  • Cultural workshops and activities
  • Direct resource linkage
  • Field trips
  • Leadership opportunities
  • LGBTQ+ career programming
  • Mentoring
  • Resume crafting and expansion
  • Social support and community building
  • LGBTQ+ student success planning


Program Application

Students who meet the requirements and are interested in joining P.R.I.D.E. Scholars must submit an Application Form & Agreement to the LGBTQ+ Program's office The Applications Form & Agreement may be submitted to the LGBTQ+ Program in person in the Equity Center, or they can be emailed to lgbtq@cerritos.edu .

The P.R.I.D.E. Scholars Success Program Syllabus and the Participation & Agreement Form are located in the Equity Center in the Santa Barbara Building on campus. The digital versions of both documents may be located online; and students may submit the Participation & Agreement form online.

Appointments & contact information:

For any questions or inquiries, please contact the LGBTQ+ Program Facilitator at lgbtq@cerritos.edu. If you would like to schedule an appointment with the LGBTQ+ Program Facilitator, please visit this booking page.

Please note, the LGBTQ+ Program's office hours vary. Bookings are subject to change.