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LGBTQ+ Scholarships for College

Last updated August 16, 2021

Here are scholarships for LGBTQ+ college students we think you should know about. Some scholarships listed below have passed - but we’re frequently updating this list, so bookmark this page to check back when they open again!

The #WeBelongInCollege Scholarship encourages students to share brief stories about belonging. From times when they’ve struggled getting to and through college, how they overcame these challenges, and any advice they have for other students. By sharing your stories of struggle and perseverance, you will be entered to win a $2,500 or $1,000 college scholarship.

Deadline: October 31st, 2021

Charlotte Pride Scholarship // Charlotte Pride

Amount: Up to $2,500

Deadline: July 11, 2021

Students graduating high school from the Charlotte metro area can apply. Students must submit their SAT/ACT scores, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and have demonstrated service to the LGBTQ+ community.

Audria M. Edwards Scholarship // Peacock Productions

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Oregon residents and residents of certain Washington counties are eligible to apply. To apply, print out your required essay, two letters of recommendation, and your transcripts, and mail them to the company’s P.O. box.

The Samara Fund // The Vermont Community Foundation

Amount: $750-$1,000

Deadline: Varies

This scholarship awards Vermont high school students who demonstrate a commitment to LGBTQ+ matters. Email [email protected] to request an application.

The 49 Fund // One Pulse Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Every year, the One Pulse Foundation gives 49 scholarships to honor the 49 people killed in the Pulse Nightclub Shooting. Each scholarship given reflects the passions and interests of each of the victims. Applicants must be members of the LGBTQ+ community who are from Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Sumter, or Brevard Counties in the State of Florida.

The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship // Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund 

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Varies

Jewish students with a gay or lesbian parent in the greater San Francisco Bay Area can apply for this scholarship.

Note: Missed the deadline on any of these scholarships? That’s okay! We’ll save this list so you can apply next year.

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship // The Association of LGBTQ Journalists

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: June 3, 2021

Aspiring LGBTQ+ college journalists must write and publish an original news story to Tumblr to be considered.

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship // Stonewall Foundation

Amount: $1,500-$3,000

Deadline: June 11, 2021

This program provides scholarships to lesbian-identifying women who will be attending college in the U.S. this fall. Submissions are judged on academic performance and community service.

Little Bird Scholarship // Stonewall Foundation

Amount: $18,000 between two years

Deadline: June 25, 2021

To qualify for this scholarship, students must be immigrants who are planning on attending college in New York City. Rising Juniors and Seniors are also welcome to apply.

LIVE OUT LOUD Young Trailblazers Scholarship // Live Out Loud

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 15, 2021

High School Seniors from the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), who identify as LGBTQ+ can apply. This scholarship is applicable to technical and vocational programs in addition to colleges and universities.

Davis-Putter Scholarship // Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: March 31 (annually)

Applicants must write a 1,000 word essay about their experience with progressive social activity, as well as their long-term goals and how they plan to achieve them. A complete application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a completed FAFSA must also be submitted.

Point Scholarship // Point Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 26, 2021

LGBTQ+ students with a proven track record of leadership and community involvement as well as academic excellence are eligible to apply for this scholarship. While this scholarship is only available to students enrolled in a four-year university, Point Foundation also offers community college scholarships.

Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship // League Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 15, 2021

Applicants must submit essays, recommendation letters, and proof of GPA when applying.

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