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Identity-Based Scholarship Series: Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students

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Robyn Stewart

Written by Robyn Stewarton May 31st, 2022

Prior to joining College Coach, I was a financial aid officer at the College of the Holy Cross and an education advisor at two TRIO program locations. I work with the Massachusetts Education Finance Authority (MEFA) to present paying for college workshops to hundreds of families across the state. I'm a graduate of UMass Amherst and have a master in counseling from Northeastern University.
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In celebration of the upcoming Pride Month, we look at scholarship resources for LGBTQ+ students. Note that the below list is not exhaustive, but is intended to provide a starting place for LGBTQ+ students to launch their scholarship searches. Your high school's counseling office, general scholarship search sites like www.scholarships.com, and college websites can also provide useful scholarship information.
  • The Point Foundation awards college scholarships and mentorship programs to help students meet their post-secondary education goals.
  • Current high school seniors from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut should consider applying for the Live Out Loud Young Trailblazers Scholarship, which ia awarded based on demonstrated financial need.
  • The League Foundation currently administers five different scholarship programs for incoming college freshmen.
  • Check out your local PFLAG chapter for scholarship opportunities. For example, PFLAG New Orleans offers college scholarships to students who identify as LGBTQ+ and reside in Louisiana.
  • The Stonewall Community Foundation offers two scholarships: the Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship for lesbian women and the Levin-Goffe Scholarship for LGBTQ+ immigrants.
Remember, students are expected to report outside scholarships they receive to their college, and receipt of scholarships may impact other parts of a student’s financial aid award. It is best practice to reach out to the Financial Aid Office at your college for clarification of awarding policies. Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and program opportunities.

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