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    Meet n Greet 2014

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  • Homecoming 2014

    cheers and queers!

  • Georgiann Davis speaks on Intersexuality

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  • lgbt center staff

    lgbt center staff

  • Daniel Hernandez visits OU

  • Students with Harvey Katz

    National Coming Out Day 2014

  • SafeZone at Chillicothe Campus

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Scholarship Information

Scholarships and Financial Aid at Ohio University 

Wayne Hadley Scholarship Fund LGBT Travel Award

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Center advances the diversity mission of Ohio University by creating a campus environment inclusive and supportive of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression.  As part of this mission, the LGBT Center in collaboration with the Office of Education Abroad is excited to offer the Wayne Hadley Scholarship Fund’s Travel Award to support LGBT identified undergraduate and graduate students who seek to enhance their learning through travel/study abroad experiences.  The award can be applied toward the costs associated with a credit-bearing study abroad program sponsored by OHIO or another accredited institution.  The award is also available to individuals participating in other types of travel experiences such as internships, academic/professional conference, research projects, and immersion programs (international and domestic).   Recipients of the Wayne Hadley Scholarship can receive up to $2000 (amount will vary). 

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled at Ohio University as a full-time, degree-seeking student
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and/or transgender. 
  • The award is to be used Summer 2014 or Fall 2014 (applicants wanting to use scholarship for Spring Break 2014 will also be considered).

As part of receiving the award, recipients will be asked to present on their travel experience at a LGBT sponsored event such as lunchtime discussion or workshop.  Presentation format can vary and is an opportunity to share academic, personal, and/or professional insights gained from the travel experience.

If you have any questions, please contact the LGBT Center at lgbt@ohio.edu or 740*593*2515

Application Process ~ To apply, students must submit the following on or before February 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

  • A completed application form (Click here for online form or come into the LGBT Center for a paper form)
  • Two academic reference letters ~ from someone who knows you personally, professionally, and/or academically (not a friend or relative) speaking to how you will benefit from your chosen experience.
  • Two-page personal essay addressing the following questions:
    • How do you embody / demonstrate a commitment to LGBT equality
    • How will this opportunity allow you to positively impact you as a person, the LGBT OHIO community, wider campus community, and the world?

Please submit application materials to:

Scholarship Committee

LGBT Center

354 Baker University Center

1 Ohio University

Athens, OH 45701


Financial Aid &Grants for LGBTA Students Outside of Ohio University
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
URL: http://queeranthro.org

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.

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
Phone: 1-213-650-5752

Lee Dubin Scholarship 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 colage@colage.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 a 4.0 scale 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.
Texas TechUniversity
Dept. of Psychology
222 Psychology Building
Lubbock, TX 79409-2051
Phone: 1-806-742-3726
Fax: 1-806-742-0818

Messenger-Anderson Journalism 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
Phone: 1-202-393-5177
Fax: 1-202-393-2241
TTY: 1-202-393-2284
Email: thetaskforce@thetaskforce.org

NWSA Graduate Scholarships in Lesbian Studies
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:

Loretta Younger
National Women's Studies Association
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 301
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 1-301-403-0525
Fax: 1-301-403-4137
Roy Scrivner Research Grants

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.

QueerFoundation Scholarships
The Queer Foundation 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.

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
Phone: 1-202-336-5843
Email: foundation@apa.org
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
P.O. Box 540229
Waltham, MA 02454-0229
Phone: 1-781-899-2212
Fax: 1-781-899-2212

An Uncommmon 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:
Scholarship Committee
An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 33727
Washington, DC 20033
Fax: 1-202-265-1927
Phone: 1-202-265-1926

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:

P.O. Box 2502
Decatur, GA 20031
Email: audrelordescholarship@zami.org
Phone: 1-404-370-0920

Scholarship Databases

Astraea National Lesbian Action Foundation
Lee Dubin Scholarship Fund for daughters and sons of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender parents
Audria M Edwards Youth Scholarship Fund
Deaf Queer Resource Center
Financial Aid for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Students(Search on "gay")
Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (FLAGS)
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
Humanity In Action Summer Fellowship
Messenger-Anderson Scholarship and Internship Program for GLBT Journalism Students
The LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarships
Youth Resource
NetworkQ for Gay/Lesbian MBA Students
Minnesota Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Educational Fund Links to other GLBT Scholarships
National Women's Studies Association Student Resources
National Gay Pilot Association Scholarship
North Texas - Mary Finley Scholarship
Ohio State GLBT Alumni Scholarship
The Point Foundation: A Scholarship Lifeline for LGBT Students
Project Unity Cultural Fund at Washburn University
Pride Foundation (Pacific Northwest)
Queer Foundation Scholarships for Queer Theory Scholars
Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship Fund
Skadden Fellowship Foundation (law)
Third Wave Foundation Scholarships for activist women
TRANSGENDER SCHOLARSHIP AND EDUCATION LEGACY FUND For Transgender Identified Students in the Helping and Caring Professions

Financial Aid for LGBT Students:
Fincancial Aid/Fellowships
LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation An Academic Scholarship Fund for self-identified LGBT youth
Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation

An Academic Scholarship Fund for self-identified LGBT youthThe 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.