Scholarships and Grants for LGBT Students

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Students from the LGBT Community can face a number of hardships simply because of discrimination.  The businesses and organizations listed below have stepped in to make sure that every opportunity is available to deserving students.

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community

APIQWTC provides opportunities for Asian & Pacific Islander queer women and transgender people to socialize, network, build community, engage in inter-generational organizing, and increase community visibility.  The APIQWTC scholarship supports them in pursuit of technical/professional training or a bachelor degree and recognizes  those who are active in the LGBT community.  Two scholarships of $1,000 are awarded annually.

Application details can be reviewed at the APIQWTC website here.

Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award

The Bisexual Foundation Scholarship awards up to $1000 annually to selected graduate students to advance research on the psychology of bisexuality. Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level. Applications from students in allied disciplines, such as social work and sociology, cannot be considered at this time.

For more details, contact the foundation at div44.award.coordinator@gmail.com or vist the scholarship page here.

Cornell University School of Veterinariary Medicine

The Anna and Hyman Greenberg Scholarship was established in 2005 by Dr. Malcolm Kram ’74 to honor his grandparents.  This scholarship will support gay or lesbian students at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, or direct descendents of Anna and Hyman Greenberg seeking the same degree.

Interested students can find details to apply by contacting Cornell Financial Aid Office at vetfinaid@cornell.edu or calling at 607-253-3766.

Emory University GALA Leadership Award

Georgia college Emory University has built up one of the better LGBT college offices and community organizations in the U.S.  Their GALA  scholarship program provides a $2500 award annually for a deserving undergraduate student who has demonstrated leadership within the local LGBT community.

Details for this and other scholarships can be found at the Emory University website here.

Gamma Mu Scholarships

Originally starting as a gay men’s business network, Gamma Mu now funds a series of grants and scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies.  Preference is given to students who come  from rural areas or who have overcome discrimination and marginalization in their communities.  The application period opens every January and are due by March 31.

More information and details to apply can be found at their website here.

Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program

This grant is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide outstanding LGBT Community students with the opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in all discipline areas and a graduate education for those students pursuing studies in mathematics, science, engineering, education, or library science. The goal is to promote academic excellence among minority students and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need.

For more information about the GMS Program, visit their website scholarship page.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Scholars Program

The HP Scholars Award is a scholarship opportunity for students interested in engineering.  Scholarship awards are $3000 per year for a four year program. Once accepted, each HP Scholar receives a Productivity Package which includes an HP laptop, printer, and PDA. In addition to this, students are also enrolled in the HP Intern Program. HP Scholars are eligible for three paid summer internships at a US location during the course of their undergraduate work.

LGBT high school seniors or community college transfer students who will be attending one of the HP Scholar partnership universities (University of California, Los Angeles, North Carolina A&T, Morgan State University, or University of Washington) and will be majoring in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering. Please refer to the application form for specific information on the application process at the HP scholarship website page.

Pink Ink

If you’re a high school student, you can apply now for Pink Ink 2014, the Queer Foundation’s ninth annual high school senior essay competition. Applicants should plan to be enrolled full-time next year to study fields related to the LGBT community at a U.S. college or university.  Your essay must be inspired by playwright Bertolt Brecht’s quote, “We write not only about different things, we also write differently.”

For more informaton, visit the foundation’s scholarship page.

Pride Foundation Scholarships

The Pride Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships to current and future leaders in the LGBT community from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.  Since the program began in 1993, donors and volunteers have helped the Pride Foundation award over $3 million to over 1,100 scholars, making it one of the largest LGBT scholarship programs in the U.S.

To streamline the process and match students with as many scholarship options as possible, the foundation has developed one application that is looked at against 50 different scholarships.  For more information, potential applicants can visit their website here.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Xerox awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 annually for undergraduate and graduate minority students in technical areas of study to include:

- Chemistry
- Computing & Software Systems
- Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical or Software)

- Information Management

- Laser Optics

- Material Science
- Physics

- Printing Management Science

Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and already be enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in the U.S.  For more information or to download the application form, visit the Xerox scholarship website page.

Resources

Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community
BiNet USA
Campus Pride
Gamma Mu
Lambda Legal Fund
Human Rights Campaign
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Pride At Work Labor Organization
Pride Foundation
Queer Foundation
SAGE – LGBT Elders Organization