College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students

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The Tang Scholarship

Four Asian and Pacific Islander (API) students who are involved in the LGBT community can share a total award of $60,000 by applying for the Tang Scholarship. To qualify, applicants must:
  • Be between 17 and 25 years of age
  • Have at least 25% API ancestry
  • Have graduated from a high school in one of these California counties: Napa, Alameda, San Francisco, Contra Costa, Marin, San Mateo, Solano, Santa Clara or Sonoma
  • Hold at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Identify as gay, lesbian, transgender or bisexual

The application deadline is April 30.

Colin Higgins Foundation Youth Courage Awards

The Colin Higgins Foundation was established to honor the memory of openly gay director Colin Higgins who was diagnosed with HIV in 1985. The Youth Courage Awards give up to $10,000 to youth activists who have faced discrimination because of their identity. They’re open to anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, queer, questioning, transgender or two-spirit and has worked to inspire others in the community. Applicants must submit applications by March 1st to be considered.

Gamma Mu Scholarships Program

Gamma Mu Scholarships are available to gay men under the age of 35 who want to pursue an education at an accredited vocational training, associate’s, bachelor’s or graduate program. Award amounts range between $1,000 and $2,500 per student and can be used for tuition, books and education-related fees. Candidates should demonstrate:

  • Overcoming adversity, particularly discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • Participation in the LGBTQ community
  • Leadership in advocating for tolerance and diversity
  • Financial need
  • Academic or work achievement

Applications for Gamma Mu scholarships must be received by March 31.

My First Blush LGBTQ Leadership Scholarship

My First Blush LGBTQ Leadership Scholarships awards one $1,500 scholarship and one $1,000 scholarship are awarded each year to gay, lesbian, intersex, transgender, bisexual, queer or ally (LGBTQAI) students. Applicants should submit applications by June 30 of each year and must:
  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Be attending or accepted into an accredited college or university
  • Have maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Have taken action to promote equality, tolerance and inclusivity
  • Have at least six months of leadership experience in the LGBTQ community

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship offers awards of between $1,500 and $3,000 to lesbian students who identify as women. Scholarships go directly to the school to pay for tuition. Among other things, candidates are vetted by criteria such as the student’s academic achievement, their dedication to promoting LGBTQ issues and their leadership and community involvement. The deadline for applying is May 1.

Point Foundation National Scholarship Fund

The Point Foundation is the biggest scholarship-granting organization in the nation dedicated to LGBTQ students. Its coffers are supporting an incredible 60 Point Scholars in 4-year universities and 25 Point Scholars in community colleges across the country. Not only do Point Scholars get free money for college, they also get paired with a mentor who walks them through their next steps to becoming leaders in the community.

To be considered, candidates must:

  • Be ‘out’ and self-identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, queer or bisexual
  • Be enrolled full-time at an accredited school
  • Have a history of involvement and leadership in the LGBTQ community
  • Demonstrate financial need

Lesbian Caucus Award

The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) offers the Lesbian Caucus Award which is $500 to graduate students who are doing their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation project on a topic related to LGBT studies. Aspiring recipients and their projects are evaluated based on:

  • How the project lines up with the NWSA’s mission
  • How it incorporates feminist methodologies
  • How it might impact the study of lesbianism/sexuality

The deadline for applicants is May 15.

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