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.
To simplify the scholarship hunt, we’ve compiled a list of top scholarships for LGBTQ students and allies.
1. Acorn Equality Fund Scholarships
The Acorn Equality Fund provides scholarships to LGBTQ students who live in Illinois (any county except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). There are a number of scholarships available based on academics, financial need, community service, commitment to public health and political advocacy.
Applicants must provide personal information, include three references and write two essays: one essay specific to the scholarship they’re applying to and one personal essay. Students can apply for multiple scholarships but can only receive one award; separate applications are required for each scholarship.
Amount: $1,000 to $4,000
Deadline: Sept. 23, 2022
Apply here: https://www.acornequalityfund.org/scholarships.html
2. Pride in Diversity Scholarship
The Pride in Diversity Scholarship is offered through Aronow.io and is awarded to a member of the LGBTQ+ community pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field.
Rather than an essay, applicants must submit a one- to two-minute video explaining their role in the LGBTQ+ and STEM communities and how this scholarship would benefit their education. Aronow.io will prioritize applicants who are facing financial hardship, transition-related medical costs or discrimination.
Deadline: Oct. 12, 2022
Apply here: https://bold.org/scholarships/pride-in-diversity-scholarship/
3. National Gay Pilots Association Scholarship
The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) offers scholarships to students pursuing aviation as a career. While scholarships are not limited to students within the LGBT community, the scholarship committee looks for applicants who have somehow given back to that community.
Application requirements vary by each individual scholarship, but in general, applicants should be prepared to submit current flight certificates, logbook entries, transcripts and a resume. Applicants will also need to be a member of the NGPA.
Deadline: July 31, 2022
Apply here: https://www.ngpa.org/scholarships?locale=en_us
4. PFLAG Chapter Scholarship Programs
PFLAG describes itself as the “first and largest” organization for the LGBTQ+ community. There are PFLAG chapters in nearly every state, and many of these chapters offer scholarship programs to LGBT students and allies.
The application process, eligibility requirements, scholarship amounts and deadlines vary by state, so students should research their local or state-level PFLAG chapter to learn more about its specific scholarship details. Many chapters offer awards of at least $1,000.
Apply here: https://dev.pflag.org/localpflagscholarshipprograms
5. Gay’s Den Scholar Award
They Gay’s Den Scholar Award goes to LGTBQ+ individuals who are graduating from high school in Florida. The scholarship “seeks to encourage and uplift LGBTQ+ individuals so they can lead proud and successful lives.”
Applicants must write an essay describing the impact of their coming-out experience. They must also have a GPA of at least 2.5.
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Apply here: https://bold.org/scholarships/gays-den-scholar-award/
6. WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship
This $500 scholarship is awarded to a student who is part of the LGBTQ+ community and wants to build awareness for that community.
There’s no essay required. You must be a U.S. citizen or resident to apply. You can apply online.
Deadline: July 1, 2021.
7. Unicorn Scholarship
This $1,000 scholarship is given to a current undergraduate college student. Applicants must write an essay between 100 and 500 words on self-love and how they’ll work to build LGBTQ+ awareness and positivity. Apply online through scholarship website bold.org.
Deadline: July 31
8. Pride Foundation Scholarships
The Pride Foundation in the Northwest offers 60 different scholarships for LGBTQ+ students, and it only require one application to be considered for all of them. Students with financial need and who don’t have a strong LGBTQ+ support system can apply for these scholarships.
Though students can attend college anywhere, they must be a resident of one of the following states: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington. The next scholarship window will open on October 11, 2021. Go here to apply.