7 Great LGBT Scholarships
This article was last updated on April 21, 2015.
Since June is LGBT Pride Month, we at NerdWallet searched high and low to find scholarships that support LGBTQ individuals working on their higher education goals. The following scholarships recognize the diversity in sexual orientation and gender identification and promote strengthening the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community.
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The Point Foundation gives promising LGBTQ students a greater chance to achieve their full academic and leadership potential. The organization awards scholarships to high achievers who demonstrate strong leadership skills and community orientation.
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays is a nationwide nonprofit that raises awareness about issues in this community of health and well-being. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are available to those who identify themselves as LGBTQ or as a straight ally.
The League Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing financial support to LGBT community members so they can achieve their dreams of higher education. The group has awarded more than 100 scholarships since 1997 in the amounts of $1,500 to $2,500. Applicants must identify as LGBT and be enrolled at an accredited institution, college, university or trade school.
The National Women’s Studies Association was originally created as a forum for the discussion of topics surrounding women and gender. One of its 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. Applicants must be an individual member of the association.
The Gamma Mu social organization has a rich history of “good men making a difference.” The organization has worked for over 40 years to develop an open community for gay male professional and business executives. The scholarship of $1,000 to $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.
American Psychological Association’s Division 44 focuses on LGBT research in psychology. To support continued scientific exploration, the $1,000 award is given to a full-time graduate student in a department of psychology.
The Pride Foundation is dedicated to helping LGBTQ students as well as straight allies 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 perseverance in the face of obstacles. Applicants must be from the Northwest U.S., and preference is given to those who identify as LGBTQ or individuals with strong connections to the LGBTQ community.
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