Scholarships for LGBTQ+ college students
Along with your college, there are plenty of external sources for funding, too—here are some examples of what’s out there:
- Point Foundation Scholarship: Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students of merit. Point promotes scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training to effect change.
- Pride Foundation Scholarships: Pride Foundation provides essential financial resources and community support to LGBTQ+ student leaders across the Northwest. Since their founding, they’ve awarded more than $7 million to more than 2,200 students in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
- LEAGUE Foundation Scholarships: Since 1996, LEAGUE Foundation has awarded college scholarships to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender graduating U.S. high school students and/or U.S. military base high school students based on grade point average, community service, and acceptance to an accredited U.S. junior college, four-year college, or university.
- Gamma Mu Scholarships Program: This program provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program.
- #TransgenderFirst Scholarship: This is the first national scholarship exclusively dedicated to helping underserved transgender students get affordable access to a college education.
Scholarships for LGBTQ+ graduate students
As an LGBTQ+ identifying graduate student? Paying for grad school doesn’t have to be a struggle—check out these scholarships:
- Malyon Smith Scholarship Research Award: This fund annually awards up to $1,000 to selected graduate students in psychology to advance research on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI).
- ROMBA Fellowship: This joint effort between prominent business school programs and Reaching Out seeks to develop the LGBTQ+ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow. Each fellow receives a minimum $20,000 scholarship and access to exclusive leadership programming, including a retreat.
Where to find scholarships for LGBTQ+ students
The Human Rights Campaign Scholarship Database is another great starting point for LGBTQ+ students and their allies. Undergraduate and graduate students can use this resource to maximize their scholarships and grants.
You deserve to be supported while being your authentic self! And by using the available resources from your financial aid office, private scholarships, and scholarship databases, you can help make it happen!