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Scholarships are a way to close the gap between the cost of attendance at a college and a family’s own resources. Among the many scholarships that students can apply for are those that are established to support students based upon the ways they define themselves. There is no comprehensive list of identity-based scholarships; professional associations, companies, non-profit entities, religious organizations, political groups, and colleges and universities are among the many sponsors of scholarships that may be awarded in part based upon a student’s race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or presence of a disability. Bright Horizons College Coach wants to help ensure that students from all backgrounds have access to the resources they need to achieve their educational goals and has therefore launched this monthly scholarship series to help students pinpoint funding opportunities based upon their unique identities. Check out the below resources, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover funding sources that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

This 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 are 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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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross. Visit our website to learn more about Robyn Stewart.