Financial Aid &Grants for LGBTA Students
The Point Foundation
The Point Foundation is a national, publicly-supported scholarship fund that provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Awards amounts vary based on need, and are renewed annually until the completion of one's degree as long as key expectations are met in the"Contract of Excellence" signed by each Scholar, which includes a requirement to maintain a 3.5 GPA. Past award amounts have ranged from $5,000 to $28,000 per year. The deadline is March 1.The Point Foundation also sponsors the Carlos Enrique Cisneros Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ students attending American University (Washington,DC). An online application form is available on The Point Foundation's web site. For more information, contact:
The Point Foundation
PO Box 11210
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 1-866-33-POINT (1-866-337-6468)
Fax: 1-866-39-POINT (1-866-397-6468)
SOLGA Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize Competition
The American Anthropological Association - Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists (SOLGA) offers this award for a scholarly anthropological paper, written by a student, on a gay or lesbian topic.The prize consists of a cash award and a letter of commendation from the Prize Committee. (The prize is not specifically for tuition, but rather is intended to reward excellent graduate student papers.) The deadline is July 15. For more information, please contact:
Tom Boellstorff, Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza
Irvine, CA 92697
Deaf Queer Youth Scholarship
The Deaf Queer Resource Center sponsors a $500 scholarship for deaf lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,intersex or queer students who are out about their sexual orientation/identity.Candidates must be currently enrolled in high school or college, be under the age of 25, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.US Citizenship is required. Deaf Queeryouth of color are especially encouraged to apply. Selection is based on a written or video essay. The deadline is July 15.
Lee Dubin Scholarsihp Fund
The Lee Dubin Scholarship is sponsored by COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) and the Family Pride Coalition (FPC). Three to five $1,000 scholarships are awarded to children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered parents and guardians who have worked to affect change in the LGBT community and the community at large. The deadline is April 15. For more information, call1-415-861-KIDS (5437), write to COLAGE Scholarship Committee, 3543 18th St, #1, San Francisco, CA 94110, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation
LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation awards scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender high school seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a4.0scale and who are actively and substantially involved in community service.Scholarships include the Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (name used with permission of the Shepard family), named for the Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 for his sexual orientation, and the LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation Scholarship. The application deadline is in mid-April. For more information, write to LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation, c/o Charles Eader, 1 AT&T Way, Room 4B214J, Bedminster, NJ 07921.
Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award
The American Psychological Association's Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian and Gay Issues) offers this award to support graduate student research into psychological issues relevant to gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, groups or communities. The scholarship amount is up to $1,000. The deadline is February 1, with applications available after November 1. For more information, contact:
Susan Kashubeck, Ph.D.
Dept. of Psychology
222 Psychology Building
Lubbock, TX 79409-2051
Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (FLAGS)
This fund provides financial assistance to gay, lesbian and bisexual students involved in the community. The scholarship amount varies and depends on financial need. The deadline is mid-September for the current school year.
The fund's Youth Project Scholarship Program also awards grants to tenth and eleventh graders who plan to pursue postsecondary education. The scholarship is awarded based on financial need, academic achievement and school or community involvement. The scholarship amount varies. The deadline is mid-January.
For more information about either of these programs or an application, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to
The Scholarship Fund
PO Box 48320
Los Angeles, CA 90048-0320
Messenger-AndersonJournalism Scholarship and Internship Program
The Messenger-Anderson Journalism Scholarship and Internship Program offers several $10,000 scholarships ($5,000 for the first year and $2,500 for the second and third years) to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered students pursuing a degree in journalism and communications at an accredited four-year college or university. High school seniors and current undergraduate students are eligible to apply. A GPA of 2.8 or better is required. The award is sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). Winners are required to participate in the Messenger-Anderson Scholarship Intern Program at NGLTF offices in Washington, DC,or New York City during the summer.The deadline is in mid-February. For more information,contact:
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
1325 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20005
NWSA Graduate Scholarships in LesbianStudies
This award provides financial assistance to graduate students doing Master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation research in lesbian studies. Students do not need to be enrolled in a women's studies program. Preference is given to candidates who are National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) members. The scholarship amount is $500 per year. The deadline is February 15 of each year. For more information, contact:
National Women's Studies Association
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 301
College Park, MD 20742
Roy Scrivner Research Grants
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) sponsors the Roy Scrivner Research Grants for graduate and postdoctoral research concerning the study of lesbian,gay and bisexual family psychology and family therapy. There are two graduate student grants of up to $1,000 each and one postdoctoral grant of up to$10,000.The deadline is November 1. For more information, contact:
Scrivner Research Grants
American Psychological Foundation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
URL: www.apa.org/apf or www.hookerprograms.org
Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund(TSELF)
TSELF awards several scholarships for transgender-identified students in the helping and caring professions, including social services, healthcare, religious instruction, teaching, and law. The awards are sponsored by the International Foundation for Gender Education.The deadline is February 1. For more information, contact:
International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE)
TSELF Awards Committee
PO Box 540229
Waltham, MA 02454-0229
An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, Inc.
The Lesbian Leadership Scholarship program, for both undergraduate and graduate students, provides awards for projects that address lesbian social, cultural and educational needs. Consideration will be given to academic performance,honors, personal or financial hardship and especially service to the lesbian/gay community. Candidates must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, have financial need, and demonstrate a commitment or significant contribution to the lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender community. The scholarship amount is $2,500. The deadline is May 1. Applications in PDF and text formats and additional information may be found on the Uncommon Legacy Foundation web site. For more information, contact:
An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 33727
Washington, DC 20033
Zami offers the Audre Lorde Scholarship and several other $1,000 scholarships to gay and lesbian undergraduate and graduate students of African descent who are making significant contributions to their communities. Zami is Atlanta's premiere organization for lesbians of African descent, and the award's emphasis is on service to the lesbian community. The deadline is May 15. For more information,contact:
PO Box 2502
Decatur, GA 20031
The QueerFoundation sponsors an English essay contest to promote queer studies. Three winners will each receive $1,000 scholarships for study in queer theory or a related field.Applicants should be LGBTQ high school students. The deadline is April 1. For more information, write to Queer Scholars Program,Queer Foundation, Joseph Dial,PhD, Director, 3213 W.Wheeler Street #145, Seattle, WA 98199.
PFLAG National GLBT Scholarship Program
The PFLAG National GLBT Scholarship Program was established by Parents,Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in 2003 to help support the education of GLBT youth and allies. It includes five awards, one of which is the Eseara Tuaolo Student-Athlete Scholarship established in honor of former NFL defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo. The program was funded by the estate of Palmer B. Carson.
Financial Aid for LGBT Students:
- Financial Aid/Fellowships
- LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation
An Academic Scholarship Fund for self-identified LGBT youth
- Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation
The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards yearly grants to writers in
three rotating disciplines: Theatre, Full-length Fiction, and Short
Stories. All works submitted must present the gay and lesbian lifestyle
in a positive manner and be based on, or inspired by, a historic person,
culture, event, or work of art.