About 4% of the U.S. population considers itself to be LGBT, so it’s not surprising that a number of grants and scholarships exist to support members of this community who pursue higher education. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, and while these four very distinct groups make up the LGBT community as a whole, the issues they face often affect these groups in a similar fashion. The scholarships listed here are offered to give a special opportunity to students from these gender identities to attend college and are usually only offered to LGBT scholars.
League Foundation Scholarships
This foundation was originally started in 1996 by lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender employees of AT&T. To date it has awarded over 100 scholarships to high school graduates who are not only LGBT but also who have great grades, involvement in community service and have shown the ability to earn their way into colleges and universities. The foundation provides around seven scholarships annually including one Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship and Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship each and up to five other League Foundation Scholarships. To apply for any of these scholarship programs, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA, either already attend or be accepted to attend an accredited program inside the United States and be an openly out gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender student. There is one application for any of the awards being offered. Applications are accepted yearly from January through April with announcements made during July. For more information, call the League Foundation at 571-354-4525 or email email@example.com.
These scholarships are offered by an association of journalists, educators and media professionals whose overall goal is to steward accurate and fair coverage of LGBT issues from inside the mainstream press. The organization is based out of Washington, DC and was founded in 1990. It offers two annual scholarships both which honor former LGBT journalists. The Leroy F. Adams Scholarship is available for students pursuing journalism degrees that wish to cover LGBT issues in their future careers. The Kay Longscope Scholarship is available to journalism majors who are also LGBT students of color. Both scholarships offer $3,000 each to be used to pay for tuition. Applications for either are due annually by June 15 and the application process is handled online through the NLGJA website.
PFLAG National Scholarships
PFLAG stands for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and was founded back in 1972 through one mother’s public support of her gay son. The organization is now made up of over 200,000 members and 350 affiliate chapters across the United States. The organization offers both local and national scholarships and students can apply for either or both. The program is funded by a mix of private donations and support from GLAD, the gay, lesbian and allies at Dow employee charity initiative. PFLAG Scholarships are available to students that identify as LGBT, have a history of community service within the LGBT community and are entering college for the first time at an accredited U.S. institution. Applications are accepted each spring.
Point Foundation Scholarships
This foundation was created to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students seeking to realize their educational and leadership goals. It also supports social change through a number of programs. It was founded in 2001 and has provided scholarships ever since. Point Scholarships are a bit different from most, and only cover funding not covered by all forms of financial aid each student can gather. This allows the foundation to help as many students as possible and to target this funding to students who show the most financial need. Applications for the program open every year on November 1 with secondary rounds of application and consideration continuing from January to April.
Pride Foundation Scholarships
The Pride Foundation was founded in 1985 and is based in the Northwest. It is the largest LGBT community foundation operating today in the United States. It offers a number of grants, scholarships and fellowships within Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Since 1993, it has provided more than $3 million in funding for 1,200 area students to pursue a higher education. The foundation’s scholarships are available for both LGBT students and others who have made a substantial contribution to the LGBT community. The fund offers well over 50 individual scholarships for students pursuing degrees in art, business, law, science, social work and more. To be considered for any of these scholarships, you only have to fill out one application. These applications are accepted each year until January 15. For more information about this Point program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 1-800-735-7287.