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Funding Your College Education: LGBTQ

Scholarships

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship $1000-5000

The purpose of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in high school; undergraduate, graduate or professional school; or trade or vocational school who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

https://gapafoundation.org/scholarships/
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Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship $1500-3000

First awarded in 2006, this scholarship is named after Laurel Hester, the Ocean County, N.J. Police Lieutenant who successfully battled county freeholders for the right to leave her pension and other benefits to her surviving domestic partner, Stacie Andree. Open to LGBT identified high school graduating seniors.

http://www.leaguefoundation.org/laurel-hester-memorial-scholarship/

4/15/21
LIVE OUT LOUD Educational Scholarship Up to $5000

The LIVE OUT LOUD Young Trailblazers Scholarship was created to provide financial support to LGBTQ+ identifying youth with financial need. Through this scholarship, LGBTQ+ youth can apply for funds to pay for education-related expenses to pursue a degree from an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational program Applicants need to be from the Tri-State area (New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey).  Open only to graduating high school seniors who identify as LGBTQ+.

https://www.liveoutloud.info/programs/scholarship/

3/15/21
Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship $1500-3000

Since 1999, with the support of the Shepard family, the LEAGUE Foundation has honored Matthew’s memory by awarding at least one scholarship to a student who had demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity and understanding in the community. Open to LGBT identified high school graduating seniors.

http://www.leaguefoundation.org/matthew-shepard-memorial-scholarship/
4/15/21
New York Ramblers Scholarship Fund $2500

Established in 2016, the Ramblers Scholarship supports student athletes pursuing an undergraduate education who self-identify publicly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI), or as demonstrated and committed straight allies. Awardees will receive a one-time scholarship, paid directly to their school to cover tuition fees. Up to two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded publicly each summer. Open to undergraduate athletes.

https://nyramblers.com/scholarship/

6/1/21
Out To Innovate™ Scholarship $2500-5000

NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate™ Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Students in STEM, following NOGLSTP’s inaugural Out to Innovate™ Career Summit for LGBTQ+ People in STEM. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

http://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/scholarships/
6/5/21
Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship $500

The Scholarship is open to all current high school seniors, and college freshman, sophomores and juniors (ages 27 and younger) who demonstrate an active commitment to fighting AIDS and taking on roles of public service and leadership (e.g. providing peer-based prevention and education; engaging in advocacy or grass-roots activism; raising public awareness; and/or delivering practical, emotional or treatment support to people living with HIV/AIDS), and who plan to continue to find ways to make a difference in the epidemic through their careers or through public service opportunities after their education is complete.

https://www.aidsmemorial.org/pedro-zamora-schollarship
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Point Foundation Scholars Fill in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs

Point is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients (“scholars”) extends far beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

https://www.pointfoundation.org/thepoint/scholarship/

1/25/21
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship $1500-3000

Established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker, this fund encourages and supports LGBTQ women in their quest for higher education.  The TDRS awards scholarships to students in two categories: 1) graduating high school seniors who plan on attending an accredited college or university; and, 2) already matriculated students in any year of study, including graduate school. 

https://www.stonewallfoundation.org/scholarships/
Applications open in 3/21
Levin-Goffe Scholarship for LGBTQI Immigrants Up to $25,000

The Levin-Goffe Scholarship provides a measure of financial stability to undergraduate students who are both LGBTQ or intersex and undocumented immigrants. We welcome applications from refugees and individuals seeking or granted asylum.

https://www.stonewallfoundation.org/scholarships/

Applications open in 3/21
Victor Agnoni Visual Arts Foundation Scholarships $1500

Open to LGBT identified high school students with a visual arts portfolio enrolled in a 2 to 4-year college or technical school for the upcoming fall semester.

https://www.vavaf.art/apply

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Gammu Mu Foundation $1000-2500

Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and the desire to pursue additional training through academic or vocational endeavors. The applicant must be a gay man (with the exception of the “Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship In Memory of Ray Williams” and the "Phil Papel Memorial Scholarship" which will be awarded to two LGBT students) under 35 years of age, have completed high school (or GED) by June of the current year, and be a U.S. citizen. Preference is given to 1) students who are living in, have come from, or plan to attend school in a rural and/or underserved area; 2) students who have overcome issues of discrimination and/or marginalization within their community; 3) students who demonstrate leadership qualities and pursue goals to benefit the LGBT community; and 4) students who demonstrate a strong academic performance.

https://gammamufoundation.org/scholarship-guidelines/

Applications open 3/1-3/31/21
NOGLSTP Scholarships Varies

NOGLSTP established the Out to Innovate™ Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Students in STEM, following NOGLSTP’s inaugural Out to Innovate™ Career Summit for LGBTQ+ People in STEM. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community.

https://www.noglstp.org/programs-projects/scholarships/

Applications open 4/1-6/5/21
Leroy R. Aarons Scholarship Award Up to $5000

The scholarship award for the 2020-2021 academic year will provide up to $5,000 in tuition funding to an LGBTQ student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists’ mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community. Open to undergraduate and graduate students.

https://www.nlgja.org/resources/aarons/

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Pearl Berlin Scholarship Fund Up to $3000

This scholarship honors Pearl and her lifetime of work as a fearless advocate for equality and same-sex marriage. The inaugural scholarships will be awarded in the spring 2020 to graduating seniors who have demonstrated leadership in the LGBTQ community.

https://guilfordgreenfoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarship/

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PeproTech Diversity Scholarship Up to $40,000

It's our Diversity Council's latest initiative to foster a more equitable and inclusive future-within our own walls and in the greater scientific community. The scholarship awards up to $40,000* to one current or incoming college student who self-identifies as a minority. The recipient will demonstrate great passion and potential in the Sciences, with an interest in pursuing a career in the field. Applicants must self-identify as a minority candidate, including but not limited to LGBTQIA+, African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American.

https://www.peprotech.com/en/diversity-and-equality

1/31/21