Scholarships for LGBTQ+ College Students
Your college may offer LGBTQ+ scholarships, but 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. 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 195 college scholarships totaling $423,500 to self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ+) graduating U.S. high school students and/or U.S. military base high school students based on grade point, 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
Are you an LGBTQ+ identifying graduate student? Paying for grad school doesn’t have to be a struggle; check out these scholarships:
- The Tom Steel Fellowship: This organization provides funding for a new lawyer to work in the United States on an innovative, public interest law project that serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
- 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 LGBT+ 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
There are countless scholarships and grants for LGBTQ+ students. So, where’s the best place to find them? Check out Sallie Mae’s free Scholarship Search! You’ll answer a few questions about your demographics, interests, and academic goals, then get matched with scholarship opportunities that might be right for you.
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 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!