These awards can be used toward tuition any postsecondary institution.
The burden of paying for college and adjusting to college life can be tough enough – but it only gets harder for LGBTQ students, who may be ostracized for being different. This guide aims to reduce the stress of college for LGBTQ students by assisting with one key element: financial aid. Read on to find scholarships and other financial aid for LGBTQ students – plus learn expert tips for overcoming hurdles during the application process, such as gender identification and parental estrangement. This site provides a filter to search for scholarships.
Stonewall Community Foundation
The Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund was established to cover up to two years of schooling for immigrants here in New York City who identify as LGBTQI. Scholarships from this fund are intended to provide a measure of economic stability for those who stand at the intersection of marginalization that can be created by being both LGBTQI and an immigrant. Applications may be submitted to Stonewall Community Foundation via e-mail, postal mail, or fax. Find more information here.
SOLGA Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize Competition
The American Anthropological Association -Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA) offers this award for a scholarly anthropological paper, written by a student, on a gay or lesbian topic. The prize consists of a $400 cash award and a letter of commendation from the Prize Committee. (The prize is not specifically for tuition, but rather is intended to reward excellent graduate student papers.) The deadline is in mid-June.
Deaf Queer Youth Scholarship
The Deaf Queer Resource Center sponsors a $500 scholarship for deaf lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer students who are out about their sexual orientation/identity. Candidates must be currently enrolled in high school or college, be under the age of 25, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. US Citizenship is required. Deaf Queer youth of color are especially encouraged to apply. Selection is based on a written or video essay. The deadline is July 15.
Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarships
The Gamma Mu Foundation awards $19,000 in individual scholarships to gay men who want to continue their education beyond high school at a college, university, or through a vocational or professional training program. The program supports a wide range of educational options, including vocational and technical training, as well as Associate’s, Bachelor’s and graduate degrees. The deadline is March 31.
The LEAGUE Foundation awards scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender high school seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and who are actively and substantially involved in community service. Scholarships include the Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (name used with permission of the Shepard family), named for the Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 for his sexual orientation, and the Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline is in mid-April. For more information, write to LEAGUE Foundation, c/o Charles Eader, 1 AT&T Way, Room 4B214J, Bedminster, NJ 07921 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award
The American Psychological Association’s Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues) offers this award to support graduate student research into psychological issues relevant to gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, groups or communities. The scholarship amount is up to $1,000. The deadline is February 1, with applications available after November 1. For more information, contact:
Susan Kashubeck, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University
Dept. of Psychology
222 Psychology Building
Lubbock, TX 79409-2051
Live Out Loud Annual Scholarship
The Live Out Loud Annual Scholarship provides five $5,000 scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who have shown exceptional leadership, courage, and achievement. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors in the tri-state area (NY, CT, NJ). Award selection is based on leadership and community service involvement. Students will be asked to submit a completed application, six short essays and two letters of recommendation. Finalists will be brought to our office for an interview. The deadline is in mid-March. For more information, email email@example.com. You can also learn more about the Young Trailblazers scholarship on the Live Out Loud web site.
Messenger-Anderson Journalism Scholarship and Internship Program
The Messenger-Anderson Journalism Scholarship and Internship Program offers several $10,000 scholarships ($5,000 for the first year and $2,500 for the second and third years) to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students pursuing a degree in journalism and communications at an accredited four-year college or university. High school seniors and current undergraduate students are eligible to apply. A GPA of 2.8 or better is required. The award is sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). Winners are required to participate in the Messenger-Anderson Scholarship Intern Program at NGLTF offices in Washington, DC, or New York City during the summer. The deadline is in mid-February. For more information, contact:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
NGPA-Education Fund Scholarships for Aviation Students
The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) Education Fund provides scholarships to members of the gay and lesbian community (including straight allies) who are pursuing an aviation career as a professional pilot. Applicants must be accepted at or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with an aviation-related curriculum (e.g., aerospace, aerodynamics, engineering, airport management) in pursuit of a degree leading to a career as a professional pilot or accepted to or undergoing a course of study in a recognized professional pilot aviation training program in an institution of higher learning, aviation technical school, or government approved flight school. Scholarship funds cannot be used to pay for the basic Private Pilot Certificate; they must be applied towards advanced fight training at a government certified flight school or to college tuition if enrolled in an accredited aviation degree program. More than $60,000 has been awarded in scholarships; in 2007, NGPA-EF intends to award at least three scholarships totaling $9,000. The application deadline is March 1.
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA)
NLGJA provides several scholarships and awards for “students who demonstrate a commitment to providing fair and accurate coverage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.” These include the $3,000 Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship (deadline mid-January) and the $3,000 Kay Longcope Scholarship (deadline mid-January), as well as the Excellence in Journalism Awards.
NWSA Graduate Scholarships in Lesbian Studies
This award provides financial assistance to graduate students doing a Master’s thesis or Ph.D. dissertation research in lesbian studies. Students do not need to be enrolled in a women’s studies program. Preference is given to candidates who are National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) members. The scholarship amount is $500 per year. The deadline is February 15 of each year. For more information, contact:
National Women’s Studies Association
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 301
College Park, MD 20742
Roy Scrivner Research Grants
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) sponsors the Roy Scrivner Research Grants for graduate and postdoctoral research concerning the study of lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and family therapy. There are two graduate student grants of up to $1,000 each and one postdoctoral grant of up to $10,000. The deadline is November 1. For more information, contact:
Scrivner Research Grants
American Psychological Foundation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
URL: www.apa.org/apf or www.hookerprograms.org
Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF)
TSELF awards several scholarships for transgender-identified students in the helping and caring professions, including social services, health care, religious instruction, teaching, and law. The awards are sponsored by the International Foundation for Gender Education. The deadline is February 1. For more information, contact:
International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE)
TSELF Awards Committee
PO Box 540229
Waltham, MA 02454-0229
An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, Inc.
The Lesbian Leadership Scholarship program, for both undergraduate and graduate students, provides awards for projects that address lesbian social, cultural and educational needs. Consideration will be given to academic performance, honors, personal or financial hardship and especially service to the lesbian/gay community. Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, have financial need, and demonstrate a commitment or significant contribution to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The scholarship amount is $2,500. The deadline is May 1. Applications in PDF and text formats and additional information may be found on the Uncommon Legacy Foundation web site. For more information, contact:
An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 33727
Washington, DC 20033
The Point Foundation
The Point Foundation is a national, publicly-supported scholarship fund that provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Awards amounts vary based on need, and are renewed annually until the completion of one’s degree as long as key expectations are met in the “Contract of Excellence” signed by each Scholar, which includes a requirement to maintain a 3.5 GPA. Past award amounts have ranged from $5,000 to $28,000 per year. The deadline is March 1. The Point Foundation also sponsors the Carlos Enrique Cisneros Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ students attending American University (Washington, DC). An online application form is available on The Point Foundation’s web site. For more information, contact:
The Point Foundation
PO Box 11210
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 1-866-33-POINT (1-866-337-6468)
Fax: 1-866-39-POINT (1-866-397-6468)
Zami offers the Audre Lorde Scholarship and several other $1,000 scholarships to gay and lesbian undergraduate and graduate students of African descent who are making significant contributions to their communities. Zami is Atlanta’s premiere organization for lesbians of African descent, and the award’s emphasis is on service to the lesbian community. The deadline is May 15. For more information, contact:
PO Box 2502
Decatur, GA 20031
Queer Foundation Scholarships
The Queer Foundation sponsors a high school seniors English essay contest to promote queer studies. Winners receive $1,000 scholarships for study in queer theory or a related field such as queer medical, legal, or social issues. Applicants should be LGBTQA high school students. The deadline is February 14. More information and contest rules at http://queerfoundation.org/html/scholarship_application.html or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PFLAG National GLBT Scholarship Program
The PFLAG National GLBT Scholarship Program was established by Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 2003 to help support the education of GLBT youth and allies. It includes eleven award programs. The scholarship program was funded by the estate of Palmer B. Carson. The $2,500 scholarships include:
- Palmer B. Carson-PFLAG “Sakia Gunn” Scholarship for GLBT Community Involvement
- Palmer B. Carson-PFLAG “Esera Tuaolo” Scholarship for Athletic Achievement
- Palmer B. Carson-PFLAG Scholarship for Nevada/Reno residents
- Palmer B. Carson-PFLAG “Jeanne Manford” Scholarship for GLBT Leadership
- Palmer B. Carson-PFLAG Scholarship for GLBT Advocacy
- Dow Scholarship for Allies
- PFLAG National Donor Scholarship
The $1,000 scholarships include:
- Palmer B. Carson-PFLAG Regional Scholarships (13 scholarships)
- Scholarships for science, engineering, business or finance (5 scholarships)
- The Jeff Iorilla and Roel Hinojosa Scholarship for liberal arts
- PFLAG Scholarship for students with at least one gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender parent or guardian.
To be eligible, a candidate must be a graduating high school senior who self-identifies as either a GLBT person or supporter and who demonstrates an interest in service to the GLBT community.