The North Jersey PFLAG chapter awards two $500 scholarships to deserving graduating seniors at Montclair State University. North Jersey PFLAG’s mission is to promote the health and well being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons and their families through Support – to cope with an adverse society, Education – to enlighten an ill-informed public, and Advocacy – to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights. Recipients must be graduating seniors who are members of an LGBTQ department or student organization in good standing. The individuals chosen must demonstrate the promotion of positive recognition of the LGBTQ community at the university and/or in the surrounding neighborhood.
The Gamma Mu Foundation awards $19,000 in individual scholarships to gay men who want to continue their education beyond high school at a college, university, or through a vocational or professional training program. The program supports a wide range of educational options, including vocational and technical training, as well as associate, bachelor and graduate degrees.
The LEAGUE Foundation awards scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender high school seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and who are actively and substantially involved in community service. Scholarships include the Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship (name used with permission of the Shepard family), named for the Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 for his sexual orientation, and the Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship. The application deadline is in mid-April. For more information, write to LEAGUE Foundation, c/o Charles Eader, 1 AT&T Way, Room 4B214J, Bedminster, NJ 07921 or send email to email@example.com.
The Live Out Loud Annual Scholarship provides five $5,000 scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who have shown exceptional leadership, courage, and achievement. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors in the tri-state area (NY, CT, NJ). Award selection is based on leadership and community service involvement. Students will be asked to submit a completed application, six short essays and two letters of recommendation. Finalists will be brought to our office for an interview. The deadline is in mid-March. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more about the Young Trailblazers scholarship on the Live Out Loud website.
The National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA) Education Fund provides scholarships to members of the gay and lesbian community (including straight allies) who are pursuing an aviation career as a professional pilot. Applicants must be accepted at or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with an aviation-related curriculum (e.g., aerospace, aerodynamics, engineering, airport management) in pursuit of a degree leading to a career as a professional pilot or accepted to or undergoing a course of study in a recognized professional pilot aviation training program in an institution of higher learning, aviation technical school, or government approved flight school. Scholarship funds cannot be used to pay for the basic Private Pilot Certificate; they must be applied towards advanced fight training at a government certified flight school or to college tuition if enrolled in an accredited aviation degree program. More than $60,000 has been awarded in scholarships; in 2007, NGPA-EF intends to award at least three scholarships totaling $9,000.
NLGJA provides several scholarships and awards for “students who demonstrate a commitment to providing fair and accurate coverage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.” These include the $3,000 Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship (deadline mid-January) and the $3,000 Kay Longcope Scholarship (deadline mid-January), as well as the Excellence in Journalism Awards.
This award provides financial assistance to graduate students doing master’s thesis or PhD dissertation research in lesbian studies. Students do not need to be enrolled in a women’s studies program. Preference is given to candidates who are National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) members. The scholarship amount is $500 per year. The deadline is February 15 of each year. For more information, contact:
- Loretta Younger
National Women’s Studies Association
7100 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 301
College Park, MD 20742
The Point Foundation is a national, publicly-supported scholarship fund that provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Awards amounts vary based on need and are renewed annually until the completion of one’s degree as long as key expectations are met in the “Contract of Excellence” signed by each Scholar, which includes a requirement to maintain a 3.5 GPA. Past award amounts have ranged from $5,000.00 to $28,000.00 per year. The deadline is March 1. The Point Foundation also sponsors the Carlos Enrique Cisneros Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ students attending American University (Washington, DC). An online application form is available on The Point Foundation’s website. For more information, contact:
- The Point Foundation
PO Box 11210
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 1-866-33-POINT (1-866-337-6468)
Fax: 1-866-39-POINT (1-866-397-6468)
The American Psychological Foundation (APF) sponsors the Roy Scrivner Research Grants for graduate and postdoctoral research concerning the study of lesbian, gay and bisexual family psychology and family therapy. There are two graduate student grants of up to $1,000 each and one postdoctoral grant of up to $10,000. The deadline is November 1. For more information, contact:
- Scrivner Research Grants
American Psychological Foundation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
URL: www.apa.org/apf or www.hookerprograms.org
(Washington, DC) The Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship awards a $1,500 scholarship to a self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) student-athlete who has enhanced the perception of the LGBT community through contributions and involvement in one or more sports. Candidates must be high school seniors in the Washington DC metropolitan area who will be attending an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States. Candidates should demonstrate academic and athletic excellence, as well as the potential to serve as a positive LGBT role model. The application deadline is April 1. For more information write to Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship Committee, PO Box 53051, Washington, DC 20009 or send email to email@example.com.
This guide is designed to help transgender students find the resources they need to make their dreams a reality. It looks at academic and career tools, discusses options for social support and networking, and outlines a few financial aid options. The scholarships listed are particularly useful because they are open to transgender students interested in earning a degree in any field, including healthcare.