Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

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.

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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

Resources for LGBTQ Students

LGBTQ Centers

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.

It Gets Better Project

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

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.

LGBT National Help Center

The center operates three volunteer hotlines and one volunteer chat system for LGBTQ youth and adults, and also hosts a database of local resources.

Gay Straight Alliance

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.

LGBTQ Task Force

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.

Pride Foundation

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.

Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

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.

Gamma Rho Lambda

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.

Delta Lambda Phi

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.

 
 

How to Pay for College

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Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for LGBTQ students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
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Grants

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.

 
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Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
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Student Loans

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.

 
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Federal Work-Study Program

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.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 

LGBTQ Scholarships

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.

LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 15, 2020

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.

LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 15, 2020

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.

Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 1, 2020

Applicants must be pursuing a post-secondary, undergraduate education in the coming year. They must also have had to have lived in Oregon or the following Washington counties for a year: Clack, Cowlitz, Skamania, or Wahkiakum. Applicants must also identify with the LGBT community or have an LGBT parent.

Follansbee-Hansen Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Student must be a college freshman or graduating high school senior who will be attending college in the fall from the Sacramento area. Applicants must identify as LGBTQI and show their interest in helping and advocating for the LGBTQI community.

Ramblers Scholarship for LGBTQI Student Athletes

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: June 1, 2020

This scholarship is available to 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.

Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 6, 2020

This scholarship is intended for STEM majors who identify as LGBTQ or are active allies of the LGBTQ community. One award is given to an undergraduate student and one is awarded to a graduate or professional level student. Applicants must have completed at least two years of college or university level education and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

First in the Family Humanist Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 10, 2020

Applicants must have attended the Los Angeles Unified School District. Preference is given to minority students who are or have been in foster care, homeless, undocumented, group home, and/or LGBTQ. Must have a letter of recommendation from a teacher or advisor detailing your involvement and your acceptance letter to a 2 or 4 year college.

The David Womack Memorial Alabama LGBT Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Applicant must be a gay or lesbian undergraduate student from the state of Alabama. Proof of enrollment in a higher educational institution and a five page essay detailing the applicant’s background and goals are required.

The David Womack Memorial West Virginia LGBT Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: June 30, 2020

Applicant must be a gay or lesbian undergraduate student from the state of West Virginia. Proof of enrollment in a higher educational institution and a five page essay detailing the applicant’s background and goals are required.

Alaska K&S Aviation Boeing 737 Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications for this award will be scored on various criteria including: academic performance, leadership qualities, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality. See website for further details.

American Airlines Advanced Flight Training Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

Buttgenbach Foundation Private Pilot Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

Delta Air Lines Advanced Flight Training Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

Envoy Air Advanced Flight Training Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

FedEx Advanced Flight Training

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

NGPA Commercial Certificate Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

NGPA Instrument Rating Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

NGPA Private Pilot Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

NGPA Seaplane Rating Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

NGPA Steven Moore Advocacy Scholarship

Amount: $7,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

NGPA Tailwheel Checkout Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

Piedmont Airlines Advanced Flight Training Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

United Airlines Advanced Flight Training Scholarship

Amount: $6,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

United Airlines Tech Ops Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: August 31, 2020

Applications will be scored on various criteria including: financial need, academic performance, leadership, LGBTQ+ involvement, and essay quality.

Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship

Amount: $1,000 - $4,000

Deadline: September 20, 2020

This organization provides scholarships and grants to members of the LGBTQ community. Applicants must retain permanent residence in the AEF service area of downstate Illinois (all Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will) to be eligible for scholarship.

Bellevue PFLAG Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 1, 2020

This scholarship is available to graduating high school students from Eastside High School in Bellevue. Applicants must identify as LGBTQ or be an ally student.