College doesn’t have to be the financial wall it seems to be, especially for LGBT students.
With plenty of scholarships, there are many that appeal directly to LGBT students or allies within the community. Here are some of the best, both in state and nationally.
Stonewall Foundation Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship is a $1,500 to $3,000 scholarship available to LGBT women pursuing any degree from an accredited university. According to the Stonewall Foundation’s website, scholarships are given out based on academic success and community service, especially related to the LGBT community.
Point Foundation Scholarship
The Point Foundation offers scholarships to LGBT students nationally who are attending an accredited school for their graduate, master's, or undergraduate degrees. According to the foundation’s website, students must have a proven financial need, a history of leadership experience and be working in some way to “better the LGBT community.”
Applications begin on Nov. 1 and funding is dependent on an applicant's other financial aid.
League Foundation Scholarships
The LEAGUE foundation awards scholarships from $2,500 to $4,000 for LGBT Students. According to the LEAGUE website, applicants must have a GPA of 3.0, be involved with their community and write two personal essays along with having two non-family references.
The Foundation has three $4,000 awards and nine $2,500 awards, of which all applicants are considered for. Applications open in January and close in April.
Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarship
The Gamma Mu Foundation offers scholarships to gay men in primarily rural or underserved areas. According to the Foundation’s website, the foundation looks for Students “who have overcome issues of discrimination and/or marginalization within their community” along with leadership experience and good grades.
Applications are accepted from March 1 to 31 and students receive anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500, according to the Foundation’s website. All applications are for a scholarship of one year, with no repeat funding without another application.
Aqua Foundation For Women Scholarship
The Aqua Foundation for Women’s scholarships are available to all LBTQ people who are attending college in Florida. According to the foundation’s website, applicants are required to have a 3.0 GPA, attend for the whole academic year and must be pursuing an associate's, bachelor’s or graduate degree at an accredited college.
Students who are selected are required to meet with their mentor monthly and attend LBT leadership seminars in Miami, according to the foundation. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 10 service hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
USF Alumni Association LGBT Scholarship
The University of South Florida Alumni Association offers a $1,000 scholarship to students who have a “demonstrated financial need” and have created a “welcoming climate for all students, including those with different sexual orientation,” according to the Alumni Association’s website.
The 49 Fund
The 49 Fund offers 10 scholarships of up to $4,900 to LGBT students in Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Sumter or Brevard Counties in central Florida. According to the 49 Fund website, Orlando business owner Barry Miller started the fund in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. The $4,900 matches the 49 victims who were killed during the shooting.
Students must also show financial need, write an essay on their impact in the local LGBT community, must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must be at least a part-time student (nine credits or more) seeking a degree at an accredited school, according to the fund’s website. Extra consideration is given to those who are a direct victim or the family of a direct victim in the shooting.
A. Gordon Rose - Another View Scholarship
Nova Southeastern University provides the A Gordon Rose - Another View scholarship to psychology majors at their school whose research involves the self and community acceptance of gay and lesbian individuals. According to the Nova website, all applicants must be in good standing with the school and have research that deals with gay and lesbian acceptance.
Two letters of recommendation (including one from an NSU course instructor) and a 500-word essay are also required. Applications are accepted until March 1.