During the last 10 to 20 years all around the world there has been a significant push for LGBT communities to obtain legal rights in various countries. The most significant recently has been the push for gay marriage rights in the United States, which the Supreme Court determined was a constitutional right that cannot be infringed upon by other organizations. When it comes to furthering educational opportunities, there are a number of LGBT scholarships that can support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals who wish to attend college and may need financial assistance.
There are scholarships for lesbians as well as other gay scholarship opportunities for men and women. Below is a list of a number of potential scholarships that are specifically designed for the LGBT community. By ‘specifically designed,’ this refers to an exclusivity for those individuals who identify as being gay, bisexual, lesbian, or transgender.
Stonewall Community Foundation.
Through the Stonewall Community Foundation is the Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund. This is specifically designed to help immigrants living in New York City who identify as LGBT. The scholarships help to cover up to two years’ of education.
The main purpose of this scholarship is to provide some type of economic stability to those individuals who are facing challenges as both a member of the LGBT community and an immigrant. Applications can be submitted to the Stonewall Community Foundation here.
Deaf Queer Youth Scholarship.
This $500 scholarship is made available to deaf lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender students. It is important that the particular student applying for this scholarship is open about their sexual orientation and identity.
Applicants need to be currently enrolled in high school or college, be under the age of 25, and have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
They also need to be a United States citizen and youth of color are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is July 15. Learn more about the Deaf Queer Resource Center and application process here.
The LEAGUE Foundation provides scholarship opportunities to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender high school seniors. In order to qualify for the scholarships, the seniors need to have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
They have to be actively involved in community service. There are number of scholarships that are available through this particular foundation, including the Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship and the Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship.
To learn more about this particular scholarship opportunity, send an email to email@example.com.
Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award.
The American Psychological Association’s Division 44, which is also commonly referred to as Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues, provides scholarship awards that are intended to support graduate student research into the psychological issues that directly affect the gay, lesbian, and bisexual community.
These particular scholarships total up to $1,000. Application deadline is February 1. Applications are made available after November 1.
For more information about this particular scholarship award, contact:
Susan Kashubeck, Ph.D.
Texas Tech University
Dept. of Psychology
222 Psychology Building
Lubbock, TX 79409-2051
Live Out Loud Annual Scholarship.
The Live Out Loud Annual Scholarship offers five different scholarships totaling $5,000 each to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students who have exhibited exceptional leadership, courage, and achievement in their high school career as well as their outside of high school life.
This particular scholarship is only available to graduating high school seniors who are considered living within the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.
Community service involvement is absolutely essential in order to be seriously considered for this award. In order to apply for this particular scholarship, qualifying students need to submit a full and completed application, six short essays, and two letters of recommendation.
Finalists will be brought to the Live Out Loud Annual Scholarship office for final interviews.
You can learn more about this scholarship at the Live Out Loud website.
Messenger-Anderson Journalism Scholarship and Internship Program.
This scholarship program offers several different $10,000 scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students who are actively pursuing a degree in journalism and communications. They need to be actively enrolled in an accredited four-year college or university.
High school seniors are eligible, and all students need to maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.8 or better. This particular scholarship award is sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Those who are chosen as winners for the scholarship need to participate in the Messenger-Anderson Scholarship Intern Program at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force offices in either Washington, D.C. or New York City during the summer.
The deadline for applying for this particular scholarship is mid February. In order to learn more information about this, contact: