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30 LGBTQ Scholarships For Higher Education

Amanda PostmaAuthor

Individuals within the LGBTQ community are already faced with enough obstacles in their daily lives that they don't need the added stress of figuring out how to pay for a higher education. Through the means of finding 30 scholarships dedicated to supporting the community, we're hoping to alleviate some of that stress. Many scholarships go unapplied each year, which means lots of money goes unused. So make sure you check out these scholarships while you're planning your educational future.

30 LGBTQ+ Scholarships For College Students

The Keith Williams Law Group Annual Scholarship
December 1 | $1,500

This scholarship was set up through the Keith Williams Law Group to help students who have fought adversity in order to better themselves through education.

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Victor Agnoni Visual Arts Foundation
April 24 | $1,500

As long as you have a qualifying visual arts portfolio, and you are an LGBTQ high school senior, you have an opportunity for winning this scholarship.

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Scholarship Essay Writing Contest for Students
December 1 | $500

The Scholarship Essay Writing Contest for Students is set up to give LGBTQ students a platform to show off their writing skills for a $500 award.

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The Make It Safe Project Writing Scholarship
August 1 | $500

The Make it Safe Project is a scholarship for writers of stories/poems that include queer and trans characters. Not only are recipients awarded $500, but they also receive publication. This scholarship is available to all queer and trans youth ages 13-18.

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Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship
July 20 | $5,000

This scholarship is available for high school seniors, and college freshman, sophomores and juniors who have taken part in fighting HIV/AIDS through roles of public service and leadership.

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Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship
December 1 | $1,000

Everipedia is striving to ensure that underrepresented minorities don't have to work extra to achieve the same respect/status as a non-minority individual who is in a similar position through this scholarship. By bringing awareness and recognition, Everipedia is hopeful about the future it's creating. This scholarship not only provides a $1,000 award, but also brings recognition to individuals who deserve it.

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Ramblers Scholarship for Student Athletes
June 1 | $2,500

This $2,500 scholarship is designed to support LGBTQI student athletes who are pursuing an undergraduate education.

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Hampton Roads Pride Scholarship
May 1 | $1,600

The Hampton Roads Pride Scholarship program was developed as a way to provide access to educational opportunities to LGBTQ+ students. Applicants should be attending, or have been accepted to, an accredited post-secondary educational institution.

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Gayborhood Scholarship
April 30 | $1,000

Gayborhood provides 4 scholarship opportunities for LGBTQ individuals each year worth $1,000 a piece. The scholarship is aimed toward providing support for continuing education.

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STDcheck.com HIV-Positive Scholarship Application
N/A | $5,000

STDcheck.com provides scholarship opportunities to college students who have tested HIV positive. The awards can vary between $250 and $5,000, and is dependent on the essay, academic transcript, citizenship and HIV-status.

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Mark J. Glancey and John G. Gray LGBT Scholarship
January 15 | $1,000

This $1,000 annual scholarship is available to any LGBTQ student who is attending undergrad or grad school. The application includes a submission of a 550-word essay that expains an individual's career, academic and/or vocational goals, and how they plan to achieve them.

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Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarships
March 31 | $2,500

This scholarship is available to men who are openly gay and are interested in continuing their education beyond high school. The Gamma Mu Foundation provides awards between $1,000 and $2,500.

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The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship Fund
March 16 | TBD

The Bill and Ann Shepherd Legal Scholarship was created as a way to provide financial support to third- and fourth-year law students who are dedicated to creating a career that fights for equal rights and justice for LGBT individuals.

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LGBTQ College Scholarship
August | $500

This $500 scholarship is available to college freshmen who are within the LGBTQ community.

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UMKC LGBTQIA Leadership Scholarship
March 1 | TBD

UMKC has dedicated this scholarship to any student who is involved in the advancement of LGBTQIA equality and inclusion at the college or within the community.

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Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards
March 2 | $15,000

The Colin Higgins Foundation awards LGBTQ+ youth activists $15,000 individual grants for taking action, rallying support, building community and working to change systems in the face of bigotry and discrimination.

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The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship at Teachers College

The LGBTQ Diversity Scholarship was developed in the interest of supporting increased awareness and education on issues surrounding the LGBTQ community. In support, the scholarship provides $18,000 in tuition assistance to recipients who are committed to researching and practicing improving awareness.

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National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
June | $5,000

This scholarship was established to support LGBTQ+ students who are pursuing degrees for STEM careers.

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APIQWTC Scholarship
February 9 | $2,500

The APIQWTC Scholarship provides $2,500 financial support to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, or queer women who are pursuing an education beyond high school each year.

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Deaf Queer Youth Scholarship

This $500 scholarship is awarded to deaf LGBTQ+ students who are currently enrolled in high school or college.

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The Gregory Sprague
August | $200

This award is presented to graduate students who have created an outstanding paper, article, book chapter or dissertation chapter on LGBTQ+ history.

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Wayne F. Placek Grants
March 1 | $9,000

The Wayne F. Placek Grant is awarded to individuals who are committed to increasing the general public's understanding of issues surrounding the LGBTQ community through research, while working to alleviate the stress the community experiences.

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Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
June 24 | $3,000

Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker established this scholarship as a way to support lesbian women in their pursuit of higher education. The award ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 and is directly applied to students' tuition.

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Tom Steel Post-Graduate Fellowship
February 24 | $30,000

This fellowship provides financial support for a new lawyer to work directly on a public interest law project that serves the LGBTQ community.

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The Ruth Benedict Prize
June 15 | TBD

Presented each year at the American Anthropological Association's annual meeting, the Ruth Benedict Prize is awarded to an author of a scholarly book that was written from an athropological perspective about a LGBT topic.

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Point Foundation
January 27 | $4,800

The Point Foundation provides mentorship, leadership development and community service opportunities to empower LGBTQ students to reach their full potential in spite of obstacles they face.

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Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grants
November 1 | $10,000

These grants are available for graduate students who are dedicated to empirical or applied research in the study of LGBT family psychology and therapy.

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Out to Protect Scholarship
November 20 | $1,000

Individuals who identify as LGBTQ and are pursuing a career in law enforcement are encouraged to apply for this $1,000 scholarship.

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Kay Longcope Scholarship Award
June 5 | $3,000

This scholarship is awarded each year to an LGBTQ student of color who is pursuing a career in journalism and is committed to furthering the mission of NLGJA.

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NLGJA Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award
June 5 | $5,000

An award of up to $5,000 in tuition funding is available to LGBTQ students who are planning a career in journalism and committed to providing fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community through this scholarship.

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College Aid For The LGTBQ+ Community

While we think every scholarship should be inclusive and supportive of people from all walks of life, the sad truth is that not every one of them is. Luckily, these 30 are and they're ready to be applied to. So, you better start typing those essays and books!

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