8 Great LGBT Scholarships

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This article was last updated on Nov. 18, 2014.

June is LGBT Pride Month and is meant to celebrate the LGBT community. We at NerdWallet have searched high and low to find scholarships that support LGBT individuals reaching their higher education goals. The following scholarships recognize the diversity in sexual orientation and gender identification and promote strengthening the LGBT community.

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The Point Foundation—LGBT Scholarship

Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. In 2012, they awarded over 29 new scholarships to high achieving students who had demonstrated strong leadership skills and community orientation.

PFLAG—National Scholarships

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a nationwide non-profit organization that raises awareness of the issues in health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. In 2011, PFLAG awarded 19 scholars. Awards vary from $5,000-$1,000 and are available to individuals who identify themselves as LGBT.

League Foundation—Student Scholarship

The League Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing financial support to LGBT community members so they can achieve their dreams of higher education. They have awarded over 93 scholarships and awarded 7 scholarships in 2011 ranging from $2,500-$1,500. Applicants must identify as LGBT and be enrolled at an accredited institution, college, university or trade school.

NWSA Scholarships

National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) was originally created as a forum for the discussion of knowledge about women and gender. One of their primary objectives is to continue promoting this subject through teaching, learning, research and service.  Their scholarships award individuals who actively continue to pursue and develop women’s studies.

Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarships

The Gamma Mu Social organization has a rich history of “good men making a difference”. They have worked for over 40 years to develop an open community for gay professional and business executives. The scholarship of $1,500-$2,500 is awarded to gay men under the age of 35 who have exhibited leadership and involvement in the gay community. The recipient must be enrolled in an accredited institution, college, university or trade school.

APA Division 44 Maylon-Smith Scholarship Award

American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 44 focuses on the research, practice and education of individuals of the LGBT community. This $1,000 award is meant to support the scientific exploration of LGBT psychology. Applicants must be full-time graduate students in a department of psychology.

LGBT Heart Scholarship

This scholarship awards LGBT students whose concentration of study is in the health sciences. The fund hopes to award individuals who have a record of excellence in the health science field and who display commitment in the LGBT community. Four $2,000 awards are presented each year. Applicants must identify as LGBT and be pursuing a profession in the health sciences.

Pride Foundation Scholarships

Pride Foundation is a NorthWest Association dedicated to helping LGBT students in the Pacific NorthWest achieve their academic goals. The foundation requires one application that covers over 40 different scholarships. They give awards in a variety of areas to those who have shown great perseverance in the face of obstacles. Applicants must be from the NorthWestern region and preference is given to those who identify as LGBT or individuals with strong connections to the LGBT community.


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