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LGBTQ+ Scholarships for College

Last updated January 12, 2022

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! For any scholarship-related questions, text #Scholarships to 33-55-77!

PFLAG Scholarships // PFLAG

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies 

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. 

Point Scholarship // Point Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 18, 2022

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.

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.

Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship // League Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: Applications open January 1, 2022.

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

APIQWTC Scholarship // APIQWTC

Amount: $2,500

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.

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. 

Pfund Foundation Scholarship // Pfund 

Amount: Varies; from $1,000 to $10,000 

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.  

Davis-Putter Scholarship // Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

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.

Audria M. Edwards Scholarship // Peacock Productions

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 1 annually 

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 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.

Pride Foundation Scholarships // Pride Foundation

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 7, 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.

#TransgenderFirst Scholarship // #TransgenderFirst

Amount: $2,500 (awarded annually)

Deadline: December 31, 2021

Applicants must be U.S. citizens who identify as transgender or nonbinary and plan to pursue a college degree.

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.

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.

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.

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