Scholarships, Financial Support, and Opportunities



HRC LGBT Scholarship Database is a list of scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBT and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate-level.



Point Foundation Online Scholarship Application for LGTBQ students:

Point Foundation is the nation's largest publicly-supported organization granting scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students of merit. Point provides undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate scholarships, mentorship, leadership training and hope for students of merit who have been marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Additionally, Point Foundation provides programs that affect social change by challenging attitudes that contribute to social stigma and its resulting prejudice, which is often experienced by those in the LGBT community.

Point’s online application is open through February 10, 2012 and will close at midnight PST.


PFLAG National scholarships available for 2012:

$5,000 scholarships, $2,500 scholarships, $1,000 scholarships!

Review the following eligibility requirements:

You are a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time in 2012 (if you graduate in 2011 and took a year off you are still eligible to apply).
You self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or as a straight ally
You demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community.
You have applied to an accredited higher education institution.
You are a U.S. citizen.

In order to be considered for a scholarship you will need:

Completed application form
One page essay
High School transcript
One reference
Completed release form
U.S. citizen

Please send all materials in one package to:

Mekina Lucas

Safe Schools Coordinator/Scholarships

PFLAG National

1828 L ST NW STE 660
WASHINGTON, DC 20036-5112



League Foundation at AT&T LGBT Scholarship

LEAGUE at AT&T Foundation Scholarships are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender U.S. high school seniors who have demonstrated achievements in:

  • a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

  • significant involvement in community service

  • acceptance to an accredited U.S. college or university

League offers $1500 scholarships and several special $2500 scholarships in honor of Matthew Shepherd and Laurel Hester.

Mail completed application, with supporting documents— postmarked no later than April 30, 2012


The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has applications available for student activists who are building progressive movements for social change and will be enrolled in school during the 2012-13 academic year.  Our website provides answers to questions about the Fund, the application process, and the students we support.  If you know of students working for peace and justice, or if you have a list of activist contacts, please send this announcement along and refer potential applicants to the Fund’s website:
Since 1961 the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund has provided need-based grants to students who are involved in building movements for social and economic justice and are able to do academic work at the college level.  Grantees are both graduates and undergraduates enrolled in accredited schools for the period covered by their grant.  Although citizenship is not a consideration, applicants must be participating in activities in the US and plan to enroll in an accredited program in the US in order to qualify.
The maximum grant is $10,000 and may be considerably smaller depending on the applicant's circumstances and the funding available.  All the funds come from individual donors and there are 25-30 grants awarded each year.  Grants are for one year although students may re-apply for subsequent years.
Applications and the supporting documents -- transcripts, a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, a photograph, financial aid reports -- must be postmarked by April 1, 2012.  Those selected to receive a grant will be notified in July. 


Live Out Loud Scholarship

The Live Out Loud Foundation provides GLBT students positive role models in careers and education. For graduating seniors, or those who have put off college for one yeear from the New York Tri-State area, including New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey the Live Out Loud Foundation offers three $2500 scholarships.

Application Deadline is March 16, 2012.


The Lax Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education; aspiring to positions in which they contribute to society; being out about their sexual orientation; and acting as role models for other gay men with similar potential.

Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts up to $20,000 to men from the five county Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and Camden County who are attending accredited colleges, graduate or professional schools anywhere, or to men attending such schools within the Philadelphia region.

Applicants should be either from the five-county metropolitan Philadelphia region attending a qualified school in or out of the region, or from outside the region, attending college, graduate or professional school within the region. Please click here to access the Lax Scholarship Fund requirements checklist. For more questions please call Casey Cook at 215-731-1107 x307 or via email at

The next deadline for the Lax Scholarship will be February 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM for the 2012-2013 academic year


Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

Established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker, this fund encourages and supports LGBT students in their quest for higher education.

The TDRS grants scholarships to lesbian-identified students in two categories: 1) Graduating high school seniors who plan on attending a recognized college or university; and, 2) Already matriculated college students in any year of study, including graduate school.

Three $3,000 scholarships will be awarded annually and are non-renewable. The application deadline is April 15th.

Who is eligible?

Effective in 2007, the Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship (TDRS) is shifting its focus: only lesbian-identified students will be eligible to apply.

Applicant must demonstrate their motivation to making a difference and have a history of academic excellence and community service.

How to apply

Thank you for your interest in the Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship. Awards have been made for the 2011-12 academic year. Please check back in the winter for details on the next application cycle. You can also contact us at or 212-367-1155 if you have any questions or would like more information.

Frances R. Hesselbein Scholarship :
The Women's Leadership Initiative of United Way is awards The Frances R. Hesselbein Scholarship.

The scholarship will be given to a full time African American, Latina, Asian, and Native American female students. Applicants must be currently enrolled and plan to continue enrollment in an institution of higher education and must be a resident of the Lehigh Valley. Financial need, grade point average, and commitment to volunteerism are all factors in selecting the recipient. The scholarship shall be applied to tuition at a two or four year accredited institution. The scholarship amount will be $3,000 and will be awarded in the spring semester to cover expenses for the next academic year.

Applicants must have applied for financial aid and must send a copy of their Student Aid Report or a copy of most recent available federal tax return with the application. Eligible applicants will be interviewed by a scholarship committee at United Way in April.

Applications can be picked up in the Financial Aid Office.


Jenzabar Foundation: Student Leadership Awards

The Jenzabar Foundation Student Leadership Awards will honor 10 student-led campus groups or activities that have made a significant impact serving others through service and philanthropic activities beyond their own higher education institutions.


NWSA Graduate Scholarship in Lesbian Studies
Sponsored by the Lesbian Caucus of the National Women’s Studies Association

Submission Deadline:  May 15, Each Calendar Year

DEADLINE: entries must be posted online no later than May 15 each calendar year

Click to apply online

Applicants must be a member of NWSA  at the time of application.

The purpose of the annual NWSA  Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a $500 research award in recognition of a Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation research project that resonates with the mission of NWSA and the goals of the Lesbian Caucus.

The field of the degree is open, but the work should focus on lesbian (defined broadly) lives, identities, or realities and make a contribution to the fields of lesbian and sexuality studies. 


Other Opportunities


The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals Internship Program

Opportunities for graduate students (and students accepted to graduate education programs) to intern over the summer at professionally-staffed campus LGBT resource centers/offices. Interns complete a Consortium Project to contribute to the profession of LGBT resources in higher education and to benefit the host campus.

The Internship Program is supervised by the Consortium Support Services Work Group. You may contact the Internship Coordinator at


Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship

The Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship is a biennial fellowship providing s a year of support to a graduate student, from an institution other than Yale, who is writing a dissertation in LGBT Studies, with lesbian studies particularly encouraged. The winner receives $20,000. The next fellowship runs from September 1, 2010-June 31, 2011. Residence in New Haven and participation in LGBTS is required during the tenure of the fellowship. To apply, please send a short cover letter describing your engagement with LGBT Studies, a CV, a 1,000-word project description (with one-page bibliography), and a 100-word abstract of your project. Three letters of recommendation should be sent separately, including at least one letter from a member of your dissertation committee.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2013. Send all materials by USPS to: Sarah Pettit Fellowship, Yale LGBT Studies, PO Box 208334, New Haven, CT 06520-8334, or via private overnight delivery service to: Sarah Pettit Fellowship, Yale LGBT Studies, Harkness Hall room 312, 100 Wall St., New Haven, CT 06511.

The Sarah Pettit Fund was established in 2003 as a permanent endowment to honor and perpetuate the memory of lesbian activist Sarah Pettit, who earned her BA from Yale in 1988. Pettit died in 2003 in the midst of a high profile career as a writer, editor, and LGBTQ advocate. She was for many years the editor-in-chief and vice president of OUT Magazine, which she co-founded in 1992. In 1999, she was appointed the senior editor of Newsweek's Arts and Entertainment section. She served on the advisory board of the New York Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project.

More information can be found on the Yale LGBT Studies Web site:



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