Scholarships available to LGBT students

28 Feb

Scholarships for LGBT students are far more abundant than most people think. In fact there are actually so many that much of the money allotted to many programs to endow this aid goes unclaimed although that trend is slowly ending. For years many LGBT students did not apply for these scholarships for fear of the stigma which may be attached to them for doing so. While numerous scholarships are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons, there are several which stand out above the pack. With no further ado, the best LGBT scholarships are as follows in no specific order. .

Colage LGBT Children Scholarship. Colage (Children of Lesbians and Gays) offers four $1,000 scholarships each year to the Children of gay, lesbian, or transgender parents. While many may say the kids are not LGBT, they do come from LGBT families and are a part of the fabric of the gay community. In order to qualify the applicant must have at least one LGBT parent/guardian, be enrolled in an accredited postsecondary school, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Graduate level or higher applicants are not open to this scholarship. Details of the application process are available at their website.

The Live Out Loud Scholarship is available to LGBT students in the New York Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut. This scholarship is for $2,500 and only goes to the above qualified students who also are graduating high school seniors, or those whom have put off entering college for no more than one year after graduating high school. The number of scholarships awarded annually does vary depending on a number of factors including but not limited to donations received.

The Queer Foundation Scholarship Fund awards scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to queer youth based on the winners of their essay contests. The scholarships do come with the restriction that they be used at U.S. colleges or universities to study queer theory or related fields. An interview and reference check is also a part of the process, but also comes with added benefits beyond the actual money. Queer Scholars receive mentoring, academic advising, and tutoring. They must maintain an acceptable grade point average (As determined by their individual institution), and give back to the community in any number of ways the panel deems appropriate.

The Maylon-Smith Scholarship Award annually awards up to $1,000 to select graduate students in the field of psychology. Interested applicants must be actively enrolled full-time in a Psychology Department at the graduate level, and not be in the fields of sociology, and social work. For a full overview of their guidelines and application process, please visit their website as it is far more detailed than most scholarship applications.

Aarons Program, properly known as the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award, endows a scholarship of up to $5,000 in tuition funding to LGBT students with a career plan aimed at the field of journalism, and is committed to furthering fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community in the press. A few of the prerequisites for this scholarship are that applicants must already have been accepted to a U.S. community college or four year university which they will attend full-time, must be a U.S. citizen, and cannot be transferred to pay for study abroad programs.

The League Foundation at AT&T LGBT Scholarship is available to LGBT high school seniors (U.S. only) who meet at least the three following standards; a 3.0 grade point average (4.0 scale), significant community service involvement, and have already been accepted to and accredited U.S. college or University. League actually offers several LGBT scholarships annually, The Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship (1 annually), The Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (1 annually), and The League Foundation Scholarship (5annually). The awards range from $1,500 – $2,500 with decisions on recipients made in July.

The Point Foundation may be the granddaddy of all LGBT scholarship organizations overseeing at last count 24 different scholarships for LGBT persons and growing. The qualifications and amount of each award vary significantly as do the coverage of each available. Most do allow coverage of expenses beyond tuition alone. As they oversee so many scholarships, a visit to their website is really necessary to see which suits each potential applicant best.

For any college bound LGBT students it is highly advised to begin looking at these scholarships as financing options. Also please note these which are listed are but a mere drop in the bucket which are specifically available LGBT students. With so many going unclaimed the odds are if you are a decent student you will find at least one that you not only qualify for but can actual be awarded.

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