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Scholarships for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students

Scholarships for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) lifestyles are gaining more and more social acceptance in the U.S. This is also resulting into several private scholarships for students who are either LGBT or grew up in a LGBT household. When it comes down to offering financial aid and scholarships, federal government and most of the scholarship agencies treat LGBT singles just like regular genders and do not have any special provisions. However, following scholarships are designed by eitehr LGBT students or the ones who grew up in LGBT households.

Messenger-Anderson Journalism Scholarship

Media coverage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) movement is highly biased. To address these biases, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force coordinates a $240,000 scholarship program for undergraduate college students pursuing a degree in journalism at an accredited four-year college or university. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Messenger-Anderson Scholarship was donated by Larry Messenger and Jim Anderson in memory of Lawrence and Selina Messenger.

The Point Foundation Scholarships

Since its inception in 2001, Point has invested more than $3 million in outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. A Point Scholarship covers tuition, books, supplies, room and board, transportation and living expenses, and is set up with the individual college to meet the needs of the Point Scholar. The average scholarship award per scholar is $13,600. The average total program expense that includes scholarship funding, mentoring and leadership training is $34,000 per year per scholar.

The Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund

The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), awards numerous scholarships to transgender identified students in the helping and caring professions through it's collaborative Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF) in the United States and Canada. Each scholarship provides supplemental funding for post-secondary students who have a demonstrated ability in and commitment to affecting change in the transgender communities through their commitment to working and being educated in the helping and caring professions. These include, but are not limited to, Social Services, Health Care, Religious Instruction (all denominations), Teaching and the Law. Below is a list of TSELF awards:

  • TSELF General Achievement Awards
  • TSELF Youth Award
  • TSELF Schools Education Award
  • Lee Frances Heller Memorial Award
  • The HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Award
  • Chicago Gender Society Leadership Award

    Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund by Zami

    The Audre Lorde Scholarship Awards are designed to recognize out* lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender students of color who are making significant contributions to their communities. ZAMI wants to support and encourage their continuing education by providing scholarships to those students enrolled in accredited technical, undergraduate and graduate programs. In 2007, the Fund awarded fourteen $1000 scholarships.

    PFund Scholarship

    This scholarship is for a student who is a legal resident of the state of Minnesota or attending a qualified Minnesota academic institution.

    Lee Dubin Memorial Fund Scholarship

    This  scholarship is for the children of LGBTQ parents who have grown up being nurtured and supported by this community and are now part of a whole generation of people who have the power to create dramatic change in the world.

    A.M.E. Scholarship

    The Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 by her children, Woody Johnson a.k.a. Lady Elaine Peacock and Misty Waters. The Scholarship is administered by Peacock Productions Inc. and is available to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and/or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons who reside in Oregon and/or Southwest Washington.

    NGPA Scholarship

    National Gay Piolts Association Education Fund (NGPA-EF) provides educational assistance in the form of scholarships to students pursuing aviation careers as professional pilots and who have demonstrated community involvement, including support of the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual & transgender (GLBT) community.

    PFLAG Scholarships

    Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States.  It offers various scholarships to students from this community.

    Unversity and College Scholarshps for GLBT Students

    Various colleges and universities have special scholarships for GLBT students.  Please contact your financial aid office to learn more about the GLBT scholarships available to you.

Chely Wright Scholarship for LGBT Advocates and Bullied Teens

If you are an active advocate of LGBT or you were impacted by another bullied teen, you may qualify for one of the five Chely Wright Like Me Scholarships. There are no age or residency restrictions.  You must be a student pursuing an undergraduate degree with a minimum of B- GPA.  

Other LGBT Scholarships

There are several other scholarships for LGBT students. CA, OR and WA happened to be the most gay friendly states with an abundance of scholarships. Below is a list of these scholarships:

  • eQuality Scholarship
  • George Choy Memorial Scholarship
  • Just Out Scholarships
  • Joseph Towner Fund
  • Kaiser Permanente Northwest Pride Scholarship
  • Lee Dubin Memorial Scholarships
  • Matthew Shephard Scholarship Foundation
  • Maylon-Smith Scholarship Award
  • Orchard-Hoyman Fund
  • Pride of the Rose Scholarship
  • The Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men
  • The Harvey Milk/Tom Homann Gay and Lesbian Student Scholarship