Education is essential in our lives regardless of race, tribe, or gender identity.
Below is a list of scholarships for LGBTQ+ students looking to further their studies.
Lax Scholarship is available to gay men who have come out residing in the five-county metropolitan regions of Philadelphia looking to study anywhere in the U.S. These regions include namely Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, or Philadelphia counties. The scholarship is also available to gay men residing anywhere in America looking to study in Philadelphia’s five-county region. The number of people awarded varies every year. The deadline to apply is November 1, 2020.
Where to apply: go to the Lax Scholarship website and apply.
AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship
The AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship is open to all U.S. graduate and undergraduate students from population groups under-presented looking to major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. They offer four awards annually, one for every quarter. The application deadline is December 31, 2020.
Where to apply: go to AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship website and apply.
Mark J. Glancey And John G. Gray LGBT Scholarship
This LGBT scholarship is open to all the students who have openly embraced their sexual identity and gender orientation, be it gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. They have to be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
They offer one scholarship every year, amounting to $1000. LGBTQ+ students looking to apply for this Scholarship should do so before January 15, 2021.
Point Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship
Point Foundation has to consider many factors when assessing the Scholarship applicant’s eligibility, such as strong academic achievement, financial need, and if you are working for the betterment of the LGBTQ community. Applicants must be openly gay and already enrolled at an accredited university based in the U.S.
The Point Foundation Scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four years, and each year the applicant is awarded $10,000. The Point Foundation awards about 20 to 30 new scholarships to the LGBTQs who openly embrace their sexual orientation and gender identity. Application for Points Foundation LGBTQ scholarship opens online on November 1st and closes on January 27.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Scholarship
This nonprofit organization awards both local and national scholarship to members of the LGBTQ community and their allies. They must be graduating high school. The scholarship amount ranges from $1,000 to $5,000.
PFLAG favors students who are openly LGBTQ and support the LGBTQ community openly. The student must also have done service work in society to make more inclusive.
There are a series of LGBTQ scholarships, each dedicated to a certain cause. These scholarships include:
PFLAG Phoenix, PFLAG Tucson, PFLAG Napa, PFLAG Sacramento, PFLAG San Diego, PFLAG Pueblo, PFLAG Hartford, etc.
League Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship
The League Foundation LGBTQ scholarship accepts applications from January and closes in April. League Foundation Scholarship is open to students graduating from high school and are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer. Some of the applicants’ requirements include two personal essays, two letters of recommendation from people who are not members of your family, and a detailed list of your community involvement, especially those related to LGBTQ.
The foundation awards seven awards each year, and the deadline for applying is April 15.
Where to apply: go to the League Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship website and apply.
The Dru Project’s Spirit of Drew Scholarship
The Dru Project was founded by a group of Drew Leinonen’s friends after he was one of the 49 murdered at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. Every year, they give out scholarships to students who “exemplify Drew’s spirit and desire for unity, inclusion, and love. The organization feels that setting young leaders up for success is the best way to change the future.
The organization gives out 3 to 5 scholarships per year and the application period opens in May 2021.
If you are a member of the LGBTQ community, and are looking for financial assistance to further your studies, apply to these LGBTQ-friendly scholarships.
About the Author:
Judy Bokao is 20 years old and was born in Ethiopia but relocated to Nairobi two years ago. She is passionate about everyone having equal rights and is also big on conservation and speaking up for our planet. Judy loves reading and photography and is just a free-spirited young lady trying to grow into a woman her mom can be proud of.