Last updated: November 08, 2019
While many college campuses have made strides to better the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) students, they often face unique challenges in their personal lives and academia; funding shouldn’t be one of them. Scholarships aim to broaden opportunities and make the college transition a successful experience, but with millions of options out there, how do students find the right fit? To help simplify the hunt, we’ve compiled an extensive list of LGBTQ scholarships created specifically for identifying and ally students.
It’s more important than ever for the LGBTQ community to challenge their presence in higher education. By creating access to scholarships and other financial opportunities, LGBTQ individuals can better shape cultural progress. Professor Robert M. Anderson, chair of the University of California, addressed students at UC Berkeley’s Lavender Graduation by sharing his experience as a leader in education and member of the gay community.
Students should have the same access to education regardless of gender identity. Scholarships can help bridge the gap and create opportunities that otherwise may not have been available in the first place.
“The LGBT movement has been driven by the courage and determination of LGBT people...By being out, you create hope and a model for those who are still in the closet. By being out, you educate the society which surrounds us.”
— Robert M. Anderson, professor and chair of the University of California Academic Senate
Center Link supports the development of strong, sustainable LGBTQ community centers by addressing common challenges, helping improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources.
The “It Gets Better Project” provides hope and encouragement to young LGBTQ individuals across the world by connecting them through various media platforms, so no one has to face growing up alone.
Campus pride is a leading national non-profit organization that develops necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBTQ and ally students on college campuses across the United States.
The center operates three volunteer hotlines and one volunteer chat system for LGBTQ youth and adults, and also hosts a database of local resources.
GSA Network is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.
Task Force aims to end discrimination and remove barriers in every aspect of LGBTQ lives such as housing, employment, healthcare, retirement, and basic human rights.
Invests in students, and leaders in greater Northwest area by leveraging generous support from thousands of donors and volunteers to connect local LGBTQ visionaries and communities with grant dollars, scholarships, fellowships, technical expertise, convenings, and leadership development.
The consortium is a member-based organization working towards the liberation of LGBTQ people in higher education while mentoring and supporting individuals who work on campuses to educate people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
Is the first all-inclusive, multicultural college-based sorority with chapters throughout the United States that acts as a support system for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and alternative lifestyle-friendly female students.
A thriving international organization with chapters and colonies all over North America, Delta Lambda Phi is a fraternity created by gay men for all men to create friendships and offer support to the gay community.
There are hundreds of scholarships for LGBTQ students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.
Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.
While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.
You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.
Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.
If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.
Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.
Deadline: April 15, 2021
The (UUA) Unitarian Universalist Association is offering a variety of scholarship resources to support the growth and excellence of Unitarian Universalist ministry. There are many scholarships being offerd and some of which are designated for aspirants and candidates of color and/or individuals from. To be eligible to apply for UUA financial aid grants, applicants must be an aspirant or candidate status, be half-time or full-time in seminary, and will be attending seminary in the upcoming academic year.
Deadline: April 15, 2021
Eligible recipients include high school seniors, current college students, and full-time graduate and law school students. Applicants must be atheist, but do not have to identify with the LGBT community; however, allies are encouraged to apply. Must be a member of the American Atheists to accept the scholarship if chosen and all applicants are offered a free one-year membership to the American Atheists.
Deadline: April 21, 2021
Applicants must be a graduating high school senior and will be evaluated on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated journalistic ability, commitment to the field of journalism and/or sensitivity to Asian American and Pacific Islander issues.
Deadline: April 24, 2021
Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree in fine art, graphic design, illustration, interactive design, or photography and provide a portfolio of 10 images fo different works of art produced within the past 2 years. Preference will be given to minority students and students demonstrating financial need. Must maintain a 2.0 GPA for consideration.
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Applicant must be an LGBTQ teen between the ages of 13-18. Applicant must write a poem, story, or nonfiction piece about a LGBTQ character. Winner, runner-up, and select entrants will be published in an upcoming anthology of queer and trans teen writing.
Deadline: May 1, 2021
This scholarship is restricted to full-time undergraduate students studying in New York at a four-year university. This scholarship covers up to two-years of school for LGBTQ immigrants.
Deadline: May 1, 2021
This scholarship is for LGBTQ women who are graduating high school seniors enrolled in a higher education institution, undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must show their commitment to making the world a better place, have a history of academic excellence, and be involved in their communities.