LGBTQ+ Scholarships for College
Last updated September 13, 2022
Here are scholarships for LGBTQ+ college students we think you should know about. All the scholarships listed on this page are sorted from the most immediate deadlines to the furthest deadlines. The deadline for some scholarships have passed, so bookmark this page to check back when they open again! For any scholarship-related questions, text #Scholarships to 33-55-77!
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SOULE Foundation Scholarships // The SOULE Foundation
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: Rolling deadline
LGBTQ youth and young adults of color are eligible for a SOULE Foundation scholarship. Must have a high school GPA 2.5 and be enrolled at a U.S. located, accredited college or university as a full-time student.
Scholarships // ACORN Equality Fund
Deadline: September 23, 2022
To be eligible, applicants must retain permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area of downstate Illinois (all Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will) and attend any accredited, post-secondary educational institution.
Pride Foundation Scholarships // Pride Foundation
Deadline: Applications open October 2022
Pride Foundation's Scholarships are open to students who live in the Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington) and are planning to enroll in any kind of postsecondary education during the 2022-2023 school year.
Richard V. Hotson, Jr. and Stephen L. Teller Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Students // National Council of Jewish Women - Los Angeles
Deadline: October 15, 2022
Applicants must identify as LGBTQ+ and be enrolled full-time in an accredited institution in the Greater Los Angeles area or at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Must provide personal statement and two letters of recommendation when applying.
#TransgenderFirst Scholarship // OnlineDegree.com
Amount: $2,500 (awarded annually)
Deadline: December 31, 2022
Applicants must be U.S. citizens who identify as transgender or nonbinary and plan to pursue a college degree.
LEAGUE Foundation Scholarships // LEAGUE Foundation
Deadline: Applications open January 1, 2023
High school seniors who are LGBTQIA+ identifying are eligible for this scholarship. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, significant involvement in community service, and an acceptance to a 2 or 4-year university in the United States.
Point Scholarship //Point Foundation
Deadline: January 26, 2023
LGBTQ+ students with a proven track record of leadership and community involvement as well as academic excellence are eligible for this scholarship. While this scholarship is only available to students enrolled in a four-year university, Point Foundation also offers community college scholarships.
Great Lakes Bay Pride Scholarship // Saginaw Community Foundation
Deadline: February 10, 2023
This scholarship is available to LGBTQ+ students in Michigan who “has demonstrated a passion for promoting mutual respect and acceptance for all through engagement with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.”
Audria M. Edwards Scholarship // Peacock Productions
Deadline: April 1, 2023
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.
New York Ramblers Scholarship // New York Ramblers Soccer
Deadline: May 1, 2023
This scholarship is for undergraduate student athletes who are members or allies of the LGBTQ+ community. Applicants for the scholarship are reviewed based on financial need, leadership in sports, LGBTQIA2S+ advocacy, academic excellence, and potential for impact based on their future goals.
Scholarships // Out to Innovate
Deadline: June 2023
These scholarships are available to LGBTQ+ students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 and have successfully completed a minimum of two years at a college or university.
The Samara Fund // The Vermont Community Foundation
This scholarship awards Vermont high school students who demonstrate a commitment to LGBTQ+ matters. Email [email protected] to request an application.
The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship // Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund
Jewish students with a gay or lesbian parent in the greater San Francisco Bay Area can apply for this scholarship.
PFLAG Scholarships // PFLAG
This organization, which provides support and education to queer people and allies across the country, has scholarships available through its local, state-wide chapters. Find yours by clicking the link above.
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Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship // National Aids Memorial
Deadline: July 15, 2022
This scholarship is available to all current high school seniors, and college freshman, sophomores and juniors (ages 27 and younger) who demonstrate an active commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS and taking on roles of public service and leadership.
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship // Stonewall Foundation
Deadline: June 10, 2022
This program provides scholarships to lesbian-identifying women who will be attending college in the U.S. this fall. Submissions are judged on academic achievement, community service and leadership, and commitment to impacting LGBTQ issues.
Scholarships // Prism Foundation
Deadline: June 5, 2022
Prism Foundation provides scholarships to empower students who are making a positive impact on the Asian & Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ communities. Students who attend college and trade/vocational schools are eligible to apply. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply.
Charlotte Pride Scholarship // Charlotte Pride
Amount: Up to $2,500
Deadline: June 1, 2022
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.
Pride Center Scholarship Fund // New Haven Pride Center
Deadline: June 1, 2022
The New Haven Pride Center offers multiple scholarships to LGBTQ+ students in the state of Connecticut that are enrolled in an accredited vocational, undergraduate or graduate program in Connecticut leading to a degree, certificate, license, or diploma in their field for the 2022-23 academic year.
Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship // The Association of LGBTQ Journalists
Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: May 20, 2022
Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in journalism, be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession. Selection will be based on journalistic and scholastic ability. Applicants also must demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing the LGBTQ community and the importance of fair and accurate news coverage.
Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship // LEAGUE Foundation
Deadline: April 15, 2022
Applicants must submit essays, recommendation letters, and proof of GPA when applying.
Davis-Putter Scholarship // Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Deadline: March 31, 2022
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.
Pfund Foundation Scholarship // Pfund
Amount: Varies; from $1,000 to $12,000
Deadline: March 15, 2022
LGBTQIA-identifying individuals living in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin pursuing a 2 or 4-year degree are eligible for this scholarship.
LIVE OUT LOUD Young Trailblazers Scholarship // Live Out Loud
Deadline: March 7, 2022
High School Seniors from the Tri-State area (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut), who identify as LGBTQ+ can apply. This scholarship can be used to fund technical and vocational programs in addition to colleges and universities.
Out For Education Scholarship // Out For Education
Amount: Varies; From $1,000 to $10,000
Deadline: February 28, 2022
LGBTQIA+ students living or attending school (high school or college) in the Houston, TX area are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must submit physical copies of their transcripts and two letters of recommendation to be considered.
APIQWTC Scholarship // APIQWTC
Deadline: February 14, 2022
This scholarship will be awarded to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer individuals living in the Bay Area and pursuing technical or trades certification.
eQuality Scholarship // eQuality Scholarship Collaborative
Deadline: January 31, 2022
These scholarships are available to students who are residents of Northern or Central California (but may study elsewhere) who have demonstrated service in the LGBTQ+ community.
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.
The 49 Fund // One Pulse Foundation
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.
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