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Scholarships for LGBTQ+ College Students

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Several scholarship opportunities are available for high school seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ scholarships detailed in this guide are open to candidates enrolled in colleges, universities, and technical/vocational programs.

Learners can also help pay for their nursing degree by taking advantage of financial aid programs. For more information on these funding opportunities, check out our guide to financial aid and scholarships for nurses.

Undergraduate Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students

  • Better Brothers Los Angeles Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This award supports Black LGBTQ+ students enrolled or enrolling in an accredited degree, vocational, or licensing program.

    Amount: $500-$5,000

  • Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

    Who Can Apply: This need-based scholarship is open to students in the U.S. who are attending a college, university, or technical/vocational school. Applicants must be actively involved in promoting social and economic justice.

    Amount: Up to $15,000

  • eQuality Scholarships for Nursing Students

    Who Can Apply: The eQuality Scholarship supports undergraduate students enrolled in a two- or four-year nursing program in California.

    Amount: $6,000

  • Gamma Mu Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This award is open to gay men with a high school diploma or GED who have been admitted to an accredited college or vocational school. Applicants must be U.S. citizens under the age of 35.

    Amount: $1,000-$2,500

  • Hampton Roads Pride Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This merit-based scholarship supports LGBTQ+ students and allies who demonstrate academic excellence and community involvement.

    Amount: $1,600

  • League Foundation LGBTQ Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: While the League Foundation automatically reviews applicants for five different scholarships, candidates must be LGBTQ+ high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who plan to enroll in a college, university, or vocational program.

    Amount: $4,000

  • Little Bird Scholarship for LGBTQI Immigrants

    Who Can Apply: Applicants must be LGBTQ or intersex undergraduates who do not hold U.S. citizenship, a green card, or an F-1 visa. Candidates should have completed at least one academic year at a nonprofit New York City institution.

    Amount: $18,000

  • Live Out Loud Young Trailblazers Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: Open to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents, this scholarship funds graduating high school seniors who identify as LGBTQ+ and are pursuing a degree from an accredited college, university, or vocational school.

    Amount: $5,000

  • Mark J. Glancey and John G. Gray LGBT Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This scholarship is open to LGBT students who have openly embraced their sexual and gender identity. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

    Amount: $1,000

  • New York Ramblers Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: Intended for LGBTQ+ student athletes or committed allies who are actively involved in the LGBTQ community, this need-based award is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduates between the ages of 15-21.

    Amount: $2,500

  • Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: The Pedro Zamora Scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who demonstrate an active commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic while maintaining leadership roles in public service.

    Amount: $5,000

  • PFund Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: Applicants must live in or attend school in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin. Candidates should also be at least 17 years old and identify as LGBTQIA.

    Amount: $1,000-$10,000

  • Point Foundation Community College Scholarship Program

    Who Can Apply: This scholarship program supports self-identified LGBTQ+ students attending or planning to attend an accredited community college before transferring to a four-year institution or graduating with an associate degree. The program includes financial assistance, an admissions coach, and a symposium workshop.

    Amount: Varies

  • Prism Foundation Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: Candidates who are attending or plan to attend a community college, college, university, or vocational/technical school may apply for this merit-based award. Applicants should demonstrate a strong commitment to the Asian and Pacific Islander and LGBTQ+ communities.

    Amount: $1,000-$5,000

  • Tidal Wave Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This scholarship supports self-identified GLBT undergraduate students with a 3.5 GPA or higher who demonstrate financial need.

    Amount: $1,000

Graduate Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students

  • Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community (APIQWTC) Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This scholarship is awarded to individuals within the APIQWT community who are pursuing higher education or training. Eligible applicants should be enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program, or in their senior year of high school.

    Amount: $2,500

  • Audre Lorde Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This scholarship sponsored by ZAMI NOBLA helps support Black lesbians or lesbians of color who are 40 or older and pursuing a technical, an undergraduate, or a graduate degree.

    Amount: $1,000

  • Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Scholarship for LGBTQ Students

    Who Can Apply: Black individuals, Indigenous people, and people of color who identify as LGBTQ may apply for this scholarship sponsored by the Point Foundation. Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited academic institution.

    Amount: Varies

  • Chinn Scholarship for LGBTQ Atheist Activism

    Who Can Apply: This award is open to graduate students with a 2.5 GPA who are members or allies of the LGBTQ and atheist communities.

    Amount: $500

  • Deloris Carter Hampton Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: While this award is open to all LGBTQIA+ women of color pursuing careers related to women’s health, applicants must reside in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska though they can study elsewhere.

    Amount: $3,250 (average)

  • James Crump Memorial Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This scholarship supports students planning to pursue a nursing career in Alaska. LGBTQ+ students who meet residential guidelines in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska and demonstrate a commitment to equality receive preference.

    Amount: Varies

  • Keith Williams Law Group Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: Eligible students must be accepted into or currently enrolled in an accredited postsecondary program. Applicants should demonstrate how they have overcome adversity or challenges in their life.

    Amount: $1,500

  • LGBT Heart Scholarship Fund

    Who Can Apply: This need-based scholarship is open to LGBT graduate students who demonstrate academic excellence in a health services program.

    Amount: $2,000

  • Point Foundation Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: The Point Foundation Scholarship offers funding for self-identified LGBTQ+ students who are enrolled full time at an accredited institution. Students enrolled in online programs are not eligible. Applicants must be involved in the LGBTQ+ community.

    Amount: $10,000

  • The Tang Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This scholarship is open to individuals who self-identify as LGBT Asian or Pacific Islander and are involved in the LGBT community. Applicants must reside in one of the nine California Bay Area counties, demonstrate financial need, and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

    Amount: $15,000

  • Trans Students Educational Resources Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: A need-based scholarship, this award helps support members of the trans, gender diverse, and/or nonbinary communities studying at accredited, nonprofit institutions.

    Amount: $500-$2,000

  • Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: Undergraduate and graduate students who identify as lesbian women may apply. Applicants must participate in community service and leadership initiatives that positively impact LGBTQ issues.

    Amount: $1,500 or $3,000

  • Robert Browning Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This scholarship is intended for self-identified LGBTQ students who have resided for at least one year in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska. Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate candidates studying health science.

    Amount: $500-$12,000

  • Vazquez Pride in Health Scholarship

    Who Can Apply: This award is open to LGBTQ students pursuing an advanced healthcare degree who reside in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington. People of color, transgender students, or those planning to practice in rural areas receive preference.

    Amount: $3,250 (average)

  • The Welcoming Project

    Who Can Apply: U.S. citizens and international students who positively impact the LGBTQ+ community may apply for this scholarship.

    Amount: $500

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