LGBTQ Scholarships

LGBTQ Scholarships

As we continue to push towards equality as a society, LGBTQ students still face obstacles that other students take for granted. Everything from feeling uncomfortable to identifying their sexuality on the FASFA to getting less support from their family, the LGBTQ community often has unmet funding needs for higher education.

The scholarship opportunities, like the ones listed below,  can help relieve some of these challenges. These scholarships may have additional qualifications other than being a member of the LGBTQ community. In other words, these scholarships may be awarded due to merit, geographic location and other qualifying factors.

Today’s universities want to actively cultivate a diverse student body and this includes providing funding sources and scholarships for LGBTQ students.  There are also several active professional and regional leadership organizations that participate in funding opportunities for LGBTQ students that are pursuing higher education credentials. The world is changing, and even though there is still a long way to go, the scholarships listed below are meant to help push for further acceptance.

LGBTQ Scholarships

wdt_ID Name Type Deadline Awards Given Amount Apply Description Eligibility
66 eQuality Scholarship Collaborative Scholarship 02/01/2019 Varies 6,000 Applicants for all scholarships must have demonstrated service to the LGBT+ community. Applicants of all sexual orientations and gender identities are eligible. Applicant must:
be a resident of northern or central California but may study elsewhere (see map of specific counties);
have completed or expect to complete high school or equivalent between 1 Jul 2014 and 30 Jun 2019; and
plan to attend or began attending an accredited post-secondary institution (college, university, or vocational/trade school) for the first time in 2019.
Applicants for the Bobby Griffith Memorial Scholarship must reside in Contra Costa County. Applicants for the James Ricciardelli Memorial Scholarship must intend to major in the performing arts.

In 2019, we expect to award 10 or more $6,000 scholarships to assist with post-secondary educational expenses. In 2018, we received about 110 applications for these scholarships.
67 Point Foundation Scholarships Scholarship 01/30/2019 Varies 13,600 Applicants must openly identify as LGBTQ and be attending a 4-year university or transferring to a 4-year university from community college. Point Foundation considers many factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including:
A proven track record of leadership and community involvement
Strong academic achievement
Working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community
Financial need
Must be enrolled or intending to enroll at an accredited college or university based in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, in the fall of 2018. Students enrolled or intending to enroll in a college or university in a United States territory are NOT eligible.
Must be “out” as a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community.
Must be enrolled full-time for the full academic year.
Must be enrolled in a degree-granting undergraduate or graduate/ doctoral program. Post-doctoral research programs are not eligible.
Students studying at community colleges, online programs, or trade schools, are NOT eligible. [But, if you are a community college student, check out our Community College Scholarship]
Community college students must be transferring to a four-year college or university.
Must be at least a senior in high school.
If selected as a finalist, the finalist must be in North or Central America on April 26-28 and be available to fly to Los Angeles in order to remain eligible for the scholarship. All travel expenses will be covered by Point.
68 Grand Valley State University LGBT Scholarship Scholarship 03/01/2019 1 2,500 The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance for students who demonstrate positive sensitivity to and involvement in LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender) issues, to promote visibility of LGBT life and to foster service and activism in the larger community.
Preference is given to LGBT students
It is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, enrolled full or half-time
Must be degree-seeking student with a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average and making satisfactory academic progress
Financial need, as demonstrated by a current completed FAFSA, may be considered
69 Hampton Roads Pride Scholarship Scholarship 05/01/2019 25 1,600 Since 2007, the Hampton Roads Pride Scholarship Program has assisted over 25 area students in attending the college, university, or trade school of their choosing. Scholarships are based on merit, academics, and community involvement.
70 IOWA'S MATTHEW SHEPARD SCHOLARSHIP Scholarship 03/01/2019 Varies 13,000 Iowa’s Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program works with highly motivated students who are interested in advice and assistance from adult mentors to accelerate their academic experience and performance, improve their adjustment to professional standards of behavior, goals, ethics and success and out-perform their age group in transitioning to adult leadership roles. Scholarship awards are based on academic aptitude, academic achievement, community service and financial need.
71 Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men Scholarship 11/30/2018 Varies 10,000 The Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education; to aspire to positions in which they contribute to society; to be out about their sexual orientation; and to act as role models for other gay men with similar potential. Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 to gay men who live in the five-county Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) and Camden County, who are matriculated in a degree program at an accredited college, graduate, or professional school anywhere, or to men attending such schools within the Philadelphia region.
72 LEAGUE Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship Scholarship 04/30/2019 12 2,500 Applications are usually accepted from January through April. Decisions are usually made in July. The program is open to self-identified Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender graduating high school seniors meeting the prescribed criteria. Family members and mentors are encouraged to work with applicants to help ensure their submissions are complete. Be an openly self identified member of the LGBT Community
Be graduating from high school in the year he / she applies for a scholarship.
Be a United States Citizen or be a legal immigrant.
Be attending an accredited college, university, or vocational school within the United States or Canada. Proof of acceptance is required.
Provide an OFFICIAL copy of his / her high school transcript showing a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better using a 4.0 scale or equivalent. Weighted average can be used in this calculations. If the applicant’s high school does not use a numerical grading system, then a complete description of the measures of success and requirements for graduation is required.
Complete 2 personal essays as outlined on the application form.
Provide at least 2 letters of recommendation from non-family members.
Prepare a detailed list of community involvement. “Extra-Credit” is given to those activities and leadership roles relating directly to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities.
Sign an acknowledgement form agreeing to the outlined terms and conditions of the application. (See application form)
73 Live Out Loud Scholarship Program Scholarship 03/01/2019 3 10,000 The LIVE OUT LOUD Young Trailblazers Scholarship was created to provide financial support to LGBTQ+ identifying youth with financial need who are pursuing a college degree. 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. This year Live Out Loud is awarding 3 scholarships for $10,000.00 each.
This award is open only to graduating high school seniors who identify as LGBTQ.
Applicants need to be from the Tri-State area including New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Award criteria are based on the demonstration of past leadership and community service involvement, academic credentials, personal essay, letters of recommendation, an individual interview, financial need, and future goals..
Applicants must send (a) the completed application form, (b) two letters of recommendation, (c) two essays.
Finalists must participate in an individual interview that will be scheduled.
Live Out Loud is not required to award all 3 scholarships annually. Awards are given only to applicants approved by the Scholarship Committee based on the criteria above.
74 PFund Scholarship Scholarship 01/15/2019 Varies 10,000 As the upper Midwest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied regional community foundation, PFund Foundation recognizes that dedicated, connected and supported generations of LGBTQIA leaders are central to the resilience and health of our communities. Our grant recipients embody courage, resilience and commitment to catalyzing and building communities where LGBTQIA people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation. We award grants to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied individuals for their commitment to leadership within their communities. Individual grants support bold leaders pursuing:
Academic programs
Non-scholastic leadership development opportunities
Life expenses
75 David Porter Need-Based Diversity Scholarship USA Scholarship 11/01/2018 1 5,000 The David Porter Need-Based Diversity Scholarship program at IES Abroad are now open for the applications. Students who have experience in American Students methodologies are encouraged to apply. The David Porter Need-Based Diversity Scholarship offers a scholarship of $5,000. You need to have your full proposal and completed application submitted online by 2018-11-01 and the successful applicant must be available to commence the David Porter Need-Based Diversity Scholarship by 2018 . Open to students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status. Recipients must attend a college or university that is a Member or Associate Member of the IES Abroad Consortium. In addition, your home school must have a policy of transferring at least 75% of institutional aid for study abroad. American Students