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LGBTQ Scholarships

More and more scholarships are being made available specifically to those in the LGBTQ community and we want to do our part to help you find them. Organizations like the Pride Foundation and the Point Foundation, among many others, have been offering these opportunities for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities for years and the number of organizations and awards continues to grow.

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Acorn Equality Fund Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 9/23/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Acorn Equality Fund Scholarships provide financial support for college for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender students; allies; or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender parents from Downstate Illinois. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $4,000 with $35,000 being disbursed in total. There are five types of scholarships awarded by the Acorn Equality Fund. You may apply for all [...] More

American Atheists Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • American Atheists celebrates activism by awarding scholarships to students who engage in atheist activism in their communities and schools. American Atheists awards two $1,000 O’Hair Scholarships and four $500 President’s Scholarships to atheist students in the United States. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to be awarded a scholarship, but you do have to attend a U.S.-based institution. [...] More

American Red Cross - Leaders Save Lives Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 8/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • To qualify for the American Red Cross Leaders Save Lives Program (referred to as “Program”), each Blood Program Leader must be currently enrolled in high school, college, university, technical school, trade school or community college and must host an American Red Cross blood drive in the United States scheduled between June 1 – August 31st. The student may not adopt an existing blood drive. [...] More

APIQWTC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/14/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • APIQWTC (Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community) is a fun, welcoming, multi-generational group of Asian & Pacific Islander queer women and transgender people in the Bay Area who are building community together. We are the legacy of API queer activism, stemming from earlier-founded organizations going back to 1987. APIQWTC is a wholly volunteer-based organization that [...] More

Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund are for students who will be pursuing post-secondary, undergraduate education in an accredited institution or program during the coming school year and who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or have a LGBTQ parent. Applicants must have resided for at least one year in the State of Oregon or in Clack, Cowlitz, Skamania, or Wahkiakum Counties in [...] More

Beloved Arise Queer Youth of Faith National Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 3/10/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • We're excited to present the Queer Youth of Faith National Essay Contest for high school seniors who identify as LGBTQ+ and a person of faith. $10,000 in academic scholarships will be awarded. The top five essays will be awarded $2,000 each in scholarship awards.

    Tell us why your faith or spirituality is important to you. How has your faith shaped you as a person and helped you in hard times? [...] More

CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • The CFPCA LGBT Endowed Scholarship provides financial support and hope to meritorious students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues. Preference is given to currently enrolled Wayne State University LGBT students, although all Wayne State University students are invited to apply. All current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at least half-time with [...] More

Charlotte Pride Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Charlotte Pride Scholarship aims to improve economic mobility for LGBTQ and ally college students from the Charlotte metro area by funding college scholarships. Eligible applicants must be from eligible counties (see website), demonstrate financial need, have taken either the ACT or SAT, and have a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to full-time students and to part-time students in their [...] More

Dr. Paul Ernsberger Research Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 8/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The mission of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance is to change perceptions of fat and end size discrimination through advocacy, education, and support. The goal of the Dr. Paul Ernsberger Research Scholarship is to provide financial support to graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program with an accredited U.S. college or university. Dr. Ernsberger’s decades of [...] More

eQuality Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $6,000
  • eQuality Scholarship Collaborative awards scholarships to honor and encourage California students for their service to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community. Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible for most scholarships. Awards are available to graduating high school [...] More

Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Sacramento Chapter of PFLAG is pleased to be able to offer the Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship to LGBTQ students from the Sacramento area. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, including vocational and technical schools; demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBTQ+ community; and, have a 2.5 GPA. For more information or to apply, please visit the [...] More

Forward Freethought First in the Family Humanist Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/24/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Black Skeptics Los Angeles will award scholarships to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist, and/or secular. Preference will be given to applicants who are the first in their families who go to college, are or have been in foster care, are homeless or undocumented, or identify as LGBTQI+ students. [...] More

Gene and John Athletic Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Stonewall Community Foundation strengthens the LGBTQ community and movement by making smart, values-driven investments in dynamic organizations, projects, and leaders. We take education seriously, knowing that it has the power to help LGBTQ people overcome complex social and economic barriers. For nearly 15 years, we have partnered with donors to create scholarships that provide unique [...] More

George Choy Memorial Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/5/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • At Horizons, we feel the racism and division that continue to poison our world, including within our beloved LGBTQ community. Horizons is home to a number of scholarships and fellowships supporting the LGBTQ community in higher education and training in the SF Bay Area and beyond. We believe that investing in our community's future leaders will help create the world we envision.

    The purpose [...] More

Grand Rapids Trans Foundation Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Grand Rapids Trans Foundation Academic Scholarship helps transgender students with education-related expenses while pursuing a degree or certificate from an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational program with a satellite campus or permanent presence in Kent County, MI. This award is open to people of any age who identify as transgender (including non-binary, two-spirit, third [...] More

Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of the Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship is to provide financial assistance for students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT issues, to promote visibility of LGBT life and to foster service and activism in the larger community. Preference is given to LGBT students. Applicants must be degree-seeking students with a minimum 2.0 GPA. For more [...] More

GSBA Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2024
  • Amount: $13,000
  • The GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund awards scholarships to LGBTQ+ and allied students who exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities, and are actively involved in school and community organizations. Founded in 1991, the GSBA Scholarship & Education Fund has awarded over 700 scholarships totaling over $4.5 million. The mission of the GSBA Scholarship Fund is to invest in [...] More

Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • Applicants for the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective Scholarship must be a resident of Connecticut who has been accepted for studies at an accredited two year or four-year college or university for the coming academic year for the purpose of completing an associate or bachelor's degree program. Must identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ), or be from an LGBTQ [...] More

LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/14/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships, applicants must: be a graduating high school senior enrolled in a college or trade school in the US or Canada; be a US citizen; have a 3.0 GPA; and, identify as LGBTQ. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

LGBTQA+ Fashion Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/17/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • In an effort to encourage LGBTQA+ high school students to pursue a career in the fashion industry—whether in fashion design, marketing, merchandising, or other related fields—we offer an incentive through our scholarship program. Students must be at least a high school senior and have a 3.25 GPA. Students must submit all relevant materials, and have a desire to work in the industry after [...] More

NCJWLA - Richard V. Hotson, Jr. and Stephen L. Teller Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Students

  • Application Deadline: 10/18/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Awards are based on a combination of academic merit and financial need. Applicants who do not provide current and complete transcripts and financial information documentation, will be disqualified. Please contact the scholarship coordinator if you have any questions about your documentation before the application deadline. Applicants can apply for up to two (2) NCJWLA scholarships and reapply [...] More

Northern Michigan University Allies Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/20/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • NMU ALLIES is an organization at Northern Michigan University for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Its purpose is to provide an avenue for faculty, staff, and students who wish to offer visible support for a safe university environment for faculty, staff, and students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or other sexual and gender minorities. Throughout [...] More

NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/7/2023
  • Amount: $500
  • The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a research award in recognition of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation research project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

  • Application Deadline: 6/4/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students which 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.

    One scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one will go to a [...] More

Out to Protect Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 5/28/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Out to Protect offers a scholarship award for individuals who identify as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transgender and who are pursuing a career in law enforcement by attending a basic law enforcement training program. This could be a basic police academy, sheriff’s academy, corrections academy, or 9-1-1 dispatcher academy. We believe that one of the best ways of eliminating homophobia in law [...] More

Pacific Gas & Electric Company PrideNetwork ERG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2024
  • Amount: $6,000
  • Employee Resource Groups not only help bring our employees together, but provide an essential bridge of communication to our customers, regardless of culture, age, gender or other defining elements. As part of the support these groups provide to the communities we serve, ERGs offer scholarship opportunities for those pursuing higher education. PG&E and its employee groups offer a wide range of [...] More

Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Paula Ford-Martin Memorial Fund is a Connecticut-based nonprofit organization. Our mission is to honor the life of Paula Ford-Martin, an advocate and loving mother of gay and transgender youth, by providing scholarship funds to outstanding young champions for the LGBTQ+ community. We encourage all those with an interest in LGBTQ+ advocacy to apply for our scholarship, regardless of their [...] More

Pearl Berlin Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/24/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Pearl Berlin Scholarship is dedicated to celebrating and supporting continuing education for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied students who exhibit courage and leadership in their schools and communities. Applicants must be residents of Guilford, Forsyth, Rockingham, Randolph, or Alamance County, North Carolina. The scholarships will be awarded to graduating, [...] More

Penn State Barry H. Marshal Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/16/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) provides a comprehensive range of education, information, and advocacy services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity offers multiple scholarships to Penn State students who are interested in and have shown a commitment to the Penn State LGBTQ+ community. Each scholarship has specific requirements for [...] More

Penn State Bruce Miller and Dean LaVigne Trustee Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/16/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD) provides a comprehensive range of education, information, and advocacy services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity offers multiple scholarships to Penn State students who are interested in and have shown a commitment to the Penn State LGBTQ+ community. Each scholarship has specific requirements for [...] More

PFLAG South Orange County Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/23/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Outstanding graduating high school seniors and college/vocational students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships offered through PFLAG South Orange County. Monetary awards of $500 to $2500 are available to residents (or children of residents) of Orange County between the ages of 17-24 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer/questioning, and to straight [...] More

PFund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • PFund is a vital resource and community builder for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving.

    Applicants must identify as LGBTQIA and live or attend school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Phoenix Pride Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Phoenix Pride Scholarship Program is a charitable program to provide scholarships to High school seniors, current college students, and adult re-entry students in our community who identify as LGBTQ+ and our allies attending any type of FAFSA accredited postsecondary school. The funds for this program are administered by the Arizona Community Foundation. Since its inception in 2005 (created [...] More

Point Foundation Flagship Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/21/2023
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Point Flagship Scholarship empowers LGBTQ students who are earning their undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees at accredited colleges in the United States. Point Foundation Flagship scholarship recipients receive financial support, access to multiple leadership development programs, mentorship or coaching, and the support of a community of scholars and alumni.

    Financial award is [...] More

Pride Foundation Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 1/6/2024
  • Amount: Varies
  • Our work is grounded in the simple, yet revolutionary belief every person should be able to live safely, openly, and genuinely in all the places we call home. This is the same belief that has guided our visionary leaders for more than three decades. Pride Foundation was founded in 1985, in the midst of the HIV & AIDS crisis, by a small but courageous group of people who came together to create a [...] More

Pride Scholarship at Michigan State University

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2023
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Pride Scholarship is given to an MSU undergraduate student selected through a competitive application process. Candidates should demonstrate academic achievement and involvement with, or contributions to, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Preference is given to incoming, first year (or transfer) students, although all undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Your [...] More

Quatrefoil Library Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Quatrefoil Library College Scholarship is a one-time scholarship open to all high school seniors or college students who are/will be attending college within the State of Minnesota. Quatrefoil is one of the country’s oldest and largest LGBTQ lending libraries and also serves as a community center. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Ramblers Scholarship for LGBTQI Student Athletes

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Ramblers Scholarship supports student athletes pursuing an undergraduate education in the U.S. who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI), or who are demonstrated and committed allies to this community. Applicants must be a graduating high school student who plans to attend a recognized undergraduate college or university in the United States OR is an [...] More

Richard B. Fisher Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • At Morgan Stanley, we strive to build an organization that is diverse in experience and background but consistent in reflecting our standards of integrity and excellence. One way we demonstrate this commitment is through the Morgan Stanley Richard B. Fisher (RBF) Scholarship Program, which is an integral part of our diversity recruiting efforts for college sophomores and juniors, helping to [...] More

RWA Internship Housing Stipend

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2023
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Internship Housing Stipend provides housing fees for individuals from a diverse background who have secured summer publishing internships. RWA wants to affirm the principle that when decision-makers in the publishing industry more closely reflect the diversity of society, RWA, the publishing industry, authors, and readers will benefit. The purpose of this stipend is to demonstrate RWA’s [...] More

SCF Aritzia Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Established by Aritzia, a fashion retailer with an innovative global platform, this scholarship supports LGBTQIA people in their pursuit of higher education. Four students will receive one-time scholarships of $5,000 each, paid directly to the student’s school. The application consists of 3 short essay questions, a letter of recommendation, and transcripts from your latest academic institution. [...] More

Singhaus Scholarship for the Performing Arts

  • Application Deadline: 6/14/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Sam Singhaus and his sister-in-law Marcy Singhaus were beloved and influential members of the Orlando Community, both passed in 2020. Sam grew up in Orlando, attending Boone High School where he participated in theatre and dance and would later be the recipient of a ballet scholarship and set his sights on New York. Throughout his career, Sam performed on Broadway stages, (La Cage aux Folles and [...] More

SOULE Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The 2020 SOULE Scholarship (Provided by the SOULE Foundation) was created to provide financial support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth of color who are pursuing a college degree. This scholarship program set to support the next generation of leaders who have already been working tirelessly on numerous programs, projects, and activities aimed at making schools and [...] More

Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/14/2023
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship will contribute to the creation of a critical mass of talented students that will fully represent our industry—it will provide an environment in which all can thrive academically and professionally. Through this scholarship, Stantec will award $200,000 annually. We believe everyone has a right to education, and we are committed to providing people in [...] More

Stephen Rice Memorial Fund Scholarship for GLBT Media

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2023
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The purpose of the Stephen Rice Memorial Fund is to provide an annual scholarship to a young Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bi, and/or Queer student pursuing a degree in Radio/Television/Film or Journalism. Our fundraising goal is between $50,000 and $75,000, which will enable the fund to be primarily self-­sustaining and provide an annual scholarship of $2,500. The Stephen Rice Memorial Fund is open [...] More

Tang Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2023
  • Amount: $60,000
  • The Tang Scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to four outstanding students annually, a scholarship of up to $15,000.

    Applicants must self-identify as Asian/Pacific Islander (at least 25 percent Asian/Pacific Islander ancestry), lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender and involved in the LGBT community; be a [...] More

The Alexander Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2023
  • Amount: $3,000
  • Founded in 1981, The Alexander Foundation is a public, non-profit, philanthropic organization. Through emergency, catastrophic, and holiday assistance, as well as educational scholarships, the foundation has created a tradition of caring for the LGBT community. Applicants must identify within the LGBTQIA+ community, be residents of Colorado, and be attending an accredited institution of higher [...] More

The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2023
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship is available to any gay or lesbian undergraduate student who is a resident of West Virginia. The scholarship applies to attendance at any institute of higher learning in the United States. The scholarship is awarded in August for the upcoming school year.

    An essay and proof of college attendance/acceptance is required by June 30th. The [...] More

The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2023
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship is for high school seniors or graduates who are planning to enroll or already enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university who are children of a gay or lesbian parent(s). Eligible applicants must: demonstrate academic and artistic excellence, as well as financial need; and, reside in the greater San Francisco [...] More
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