Support for LGBTQ college students is also available through scholarships from a number of organizations. Some welcome all LGBTQ applicants while others focus on empowering particular subsets.
Pride Foundation Scholarships
Who Can Apply: LGBTQ students in particular academic fields or geographical areas, or those with certain cultural identities.
Amount: Various, as The Pride Foundation grants access to more than 50 scholarships with one application.
Deadline: January 11
Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships, or “FLAGS”
Who Can Apply: Lesbian, gay and bisexual students with financial need who are active in the community, as well as 10th and 11th graders planning to pursue post-secondary education.
Who Can Apply: Current LGBTQ students who plan on participating in a high-quality study-abroad program who meet the general criteria for Fund for Education Abroad scholarships.
Amount: $10,000 for one year; $5,000 for one semester; $1,250 for summer
Deadline: January 18
Point Foundation Scholarships
Who Can Apply: Full-time undergraduate or graduate students of any age and financial background at an accredited four-year institution.
Deadline: January 19
Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community Scholarships
Who Can Apply: Asian and Pacific Islander women and transgender people in college studies or vocational training, as well as high school seniors.
Deadline: February 12
Queer Foundation Scholarships
Who Can Apply: High school students who partake in an essay contest on queer studies and youth education.
Deadline: February 14
Colin Higgins Courage Award
Who Can Apply: LGBTQ youth activists who demonstrate a history of activism, community-building, and transforming experiences with bigotry into opportunities.
Deadline: February 27
Live Out Loud! Educational Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Graduating LGBTQ high-school seniors from New York, Connecticut or New Jersey who are pursuing college degrees.
Deadline: Beginning of March
Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarships
Who Can Apply: Gay U.S. men younger than 35 who study full-time for bachelor’s, graduate and associate degrees—or undertake technical or vocational training.
Amount: $1,000 to $2,500
Deadline: March 31
League Foundation Scholarships
Who Can Apply: Graduating LGBTQ high-school seniors accepted to an accredited U.S. institution, with significant community service and a GPA above 3.0.
Pride Center of the Capital Region Scholarships
Who Can Apply: LGBTQ graduating seniors with demonstrable commitment to the LGBTQA+ community. One scholarship is for students majoring in visual arts, broadcasting, journalism and related fields.
Deadline: May 4
Trans Student Educational Resources Scholarships
Who Can Apply: Gender-diverse applicants demonstrating financial need who’ve experienced oppression and contributed to the transgender community—regardless of GPA, year in college, major and documentation status.
Amount: $500 to $2,000
Deadline: May 20
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, or “PFLAG,” National Scholarship Program
Who Can Apply: Members of the LGBTQ community and allies, including non-U.S. citizens who are graduating seniors who have an interest in serving the LGBTQA+ community and will be studying at accredited U.S. institutions.
Amount: $1,000 to $5,000
Deadline: May 31
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Scholarships
Who Can Apply: LGBTQ students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in “STEM” fields: science, technology, engineering or mathematics, who have completed two years of post-high school education, have a 3.0 or higher GPA and support the LGBTQ community.
Deadline: First Saturday of June
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
Who Can Apply: LGBTQ students (high school seniors, undergraduate or graduate) who identify as women and are committed to community service, academic excellence and making a difference.
Amount: $1,500 to $3,000
Deadline: Contact for the latest application deadlines
Gene and John Athletic Fund Scholarship
Who Can Apply: Emerging LGBTQ athletes continuing their education while pursuing a career in sports—professional or recreational.
Amount: $2,500 or $5,000
Deadline: Contact them to check the latest application deadlines
You can find more LGBTQ scholarships in the Human Rights Campaign’s scholarship database