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LGBTQ Community Scholarships

LGBTQ Community Scholarships

Fastweb is working to connect students with educational opportunities that will only further equality for years to come.

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 15, 2014

June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride (LGBT) Pride Month and, in support, Fastweb is working to connect students with educational opportunities that will only further equality for years to come.

Such opportunities like scholarships, grants, fellowships and internships available to the LGBTQ community are not just available to students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, but also to students who are passionate about advocacy regarding equal rights for the LGBTQ community.

Check out the following list of LGBTQ scholarships, LGBTQ grants, LGBTQ fellowships and LGBTQ internships, all available to students that either identify as LGBTQ or are allies to the LGBTQ community.

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for students within the LGBTQ community are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

Fastweb’s LGBTQ Scholarships

Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Sponsored by the Equity Foundation, the Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship is available to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students and students who are children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents.

You must be a resident of Oregon or Clark County, Washington, and be actively involved in advancing LGBT rights to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship.

Portland Latino Gay Pride Scholarship
Award: Varies
Deadline: June 30, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Sponsored by the Equity Foundation, the Portland Latino Gay Pride Scholarship is available to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students and students who are children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents.

You must be a resident of Oregon or Clark County, Washington, and be actively involved in advancing LGBT rights to be eligible for this award.

Preference is given to Latino/a students.

Learn more information about the Portland Latino Gay Pride Scholarship.

Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship
Award: $1,000
Deadline: July 31, 2014
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 2

The Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship is open to second-year lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered law students who are enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school.

Part-time students in four-year programs may be enrolled as second- or third-year students for the academic year.

You must be eligible to sit for the Patent Bar Exam, be interested in pursuing a career in patent law (patent litigation or prosecution), and demonstrate strong academic achievement throughout your academic career to be eligible for this award.

A resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials; undergraduate and law school transcripts; and personal statement are required.

Learn more information about the Jeremy D. Protas LGBT Patent Law Scholarship.

Gene and John Athletic Scholarship

Award: $5,000
Deadline: August 1, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Sponsored by the Stonewall Community Foundation, the Gene and John Athletic Scholarship is available to gay and lesbian students.

You must be an athlete to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Gene and John Athletic Scholarship.

IES Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-Represented Students
Award: $5,000
Deadline: October 25, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The IES Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-Represented Students is available to students at institutions that are members or associate members of the IES college consortium.

You must from a student group who has been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs.

This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, veteran status and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

You must be accepted into an IES study abroad program and have a minimum 3.3 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the IES Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-Represented Students.

IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship
Award: $5,000
Deadline: October 25, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship is available to students at institutions that are members or associate members of the IES college consortium.

You must be from a student group who has been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs.

This includes but is not limited to, students of color, the LGBT population, students from different religious and ethnic groups, and students with physical disabilities.

You must be accepted into an IES study abroad program and have a minimum 3.3 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship.

IES Merit-Based Diversity Scholarship
Award: $3,000
Deadline: October 25, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Diversity Merit-Based Scholarship is available to students at institutions that are members or associate members of the IES college consortium.

You must be accepted into an IES study abroad program and have a minimum 3.3 GPA to be eligible for this award.

You must also be a student from a diverse cultural background who has been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs or a student who shows an interest in enhancing the study abroad experience by acknowledging, exploring and contributing to the presence of multiple groups, perspectives and ideas within the host country.

This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status.

An academic essay, recommendations and personal statement are also required.

Learn more information about the IES Merit-Based Diversity Scholarship.

Harry Bartel Memorial Scholarship
Award: $500
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Harry Bartel Memorial Scholarship is available to gay male students who are 23 years old or younger.

You must demonstrate a record of community service to be considered for this award.

Learn more information about the Harry Bartel Memorial Scholarship.

Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Provided by the Stonewall Community Foundation, the Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund is available to students immigrating to New York City who identify as LGBTQI.

You must be enrolled full-time in a New York City non-profit college or university with one successfully completed academic year, have a minimum GPA of 3.25 and self-identify as an immigrant (defined as foreign-born U.S. resident) and self-identify as LGBTQI in order to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund.

Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

The Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund is available to lesbians, bisexual women, and female identified transgender individuals ages 18-25 whose own families have withdrawn emotional and/or financial support because of their sexual and/or gender identity.

This award promotes growth and self-sufficiency in young women by providing grants covering vocational/ technical training, licensing fees, college application fees and the like.

Applicants must reside within the United States to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund.

Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship

Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior

Provided by the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, the Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship is open to Asian and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning students.

You must be 22 years old or younger and living in the San Francisco Bay Area to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship.

Fastweb’s LGBTQ Fellowships & Grants

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant
Award: $12,000
Deadline: November 1, 2014
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 5

Provided by the American Psychological Foundation, the Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant is available to graduate students for empirical or applied research on the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender psychology and family therapy.

Preference is given to dissertation candidates.

Learn more information about the Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant.

Wayne F. Placek Grant
Award: $15,000
Deadline: March 1, 2015
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 5

Provided by the American Psychological Foundation, the Wayne F. Placek Grant is intended to encourage scientific research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and to alleviate the stress that gay men and lesbians experience in this and future civilizations.

Applicants must be doctoral-level researchers or graduate students affiliated with educational institutions or a 501 ©(3) nonprofit research organization to be considered for this award.

Preference is given to dissertation candidates.

Learn more information about the Wayne F. Placek Grant.

Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 3

The Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship is open to law students or recent graduates who have first-hand understanding of the issues that affect communities of color and have experience working with LGBT and HIV issues and with African-American communities.

Fellows will work with attorneys on initiatives related to these issues.

Offices are located in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.

Learn more information about the Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship.

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship
Award: Varies
Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by AIDS Action. the Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is open to young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students who seek experience in HIV-related public policy and government affairs.

You must have strong research, writing and organizational skills and a willingness to work in a professional office. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is critical.

Familiarity with HIV-related issues and the legislative process is preferred.

People of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, and HIV positive individuals are encouraged to apply.

Learn more information about the Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship.

LGBTQ Internships

Pride Internship

Deadline: August 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Pride Internship is available to students with commitment to LGBT issues.

Intern duties may include data entry, logistics management, organizing and maintaining supply lines and other duties as needed.

You must be willing to travel 25 percent of the time, have excellent problem solving, communication and organizational skills in order to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Pride Internship.

Communications Internship
Deadline: August 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Provided by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Communications Internship is available to students with an interest in communications.

Intern duties may include aiding in drafting copy and blogging at various events and functions and other duties as needed.

You must possess knowledge and commitment to LGBT issues, have strong communication skills and be computer proficient in order to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Communications Internship.

Creating Change Internship
Deadline: August 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

Sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Creating Change Internship is available to students with commitment to LGBT issues.

Intern duties may include aiding in logistic and programmatic aspects of the planning of the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, planning meetings, managing inventory, data management and other duties as needed.

You must possess knowledge and commitment to LGBT issues, have strong communication skills and be computer proficient in order to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Creating Change Internship.

Special Events Internship
Deadline: August 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Special Events Internship, provided by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is available to students with commitment to LGBT issues.

Intern duties may include assisting with production of fundraising events, coordinating logistics, facilitating communications, assisting in day-to-day operations and other duties as needed.

You must have excellent problem solving skills and an eye for detail in order to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Special Events Internship.

Development Internship
Deadline: August 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Development Internship, which is sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is available to students with commitment to LGBT issues.

Intern duties may include data entry, administrative functions and other duties as needed.

You must have excellent organizational skills and be detail oriented in order to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the Development Internship.

Government Affairs Internship
Deadline: August 15, 2014
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5

The Government Affairs Internship is available to students with commitment to LGBT issues.

Intern duties may include assisting the department in influencing federal, state and local policy that affects the lives of LGBT people and other duties as needed.

You must have excellent communication skills and research abilities in order to be considered for this internship. This internship is sponsored by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Learn more information about the Government Affairs Internship.

LGBT and AIDS Project Internship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 2 through Year 3

The LGBT and AIDS Project Internship is available to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program and have completed at least one year.

Intern duties may include assisting with legal intakes and tracking requests for assistance, assisting in the maintenance of case files and compiling of press files, conducting general, legal and policy research, supporting the Project in outreach to potential clients and other duties as needed.

You must demonstrate a familiarity with issues surrounding LGBT rights, HIV/AIDS and other civil liberties issues, excellent research, writing and communication skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office and strong organizational skills to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the LGBT and AIDS Project Internship.

LGBT and AIDS Project – Legal Internship
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 2 through Year 3

The LGBT and AIDS Project – Legal Internship is available to law students who have completed their first year of legal studies.

Intern duties may include conducting internet and factual research and analysis, drafting policy and legal memos, working with staff to correspond with clients and other projects as needed.

You must demonstrate excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills, the initiative to see projects through to the completion, be detail oriented, be proficient in Microsoft Office and demonstrate a familiarity with LGBT rights and civil liberties issues to be considered for this internship.

Learn more information about the LGBT and AIDS Project – Legal Internship.

Fair Courts Project Internship – Lambda Legal
Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 3

The Fair Courts Project Internship is open to law students who have experience with or an interest in legal issues relating to lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV, specifically the Fair Courts Project.

Students who have had substantial political science undergraduate coursework are also eligible to apply. Interns will assist primarily with Lambda Legal’s Fair Courts Project.

This position is located in New York, New York and is unpaid.

Learn more information about the Fair Courts Project Internship – Lambda Legal.

LGBTQ Scholarships from Across the Web

The League Foundation

The League Foundation is a national scholarship fund that was created to provide financial resources for Americans gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth to attend college.

Providing opportunities for higher education is just one of the many ways the League Foundation is able to empower such youth.

Learn more about League Foundation scholarships.

Philanthrofund Foundation

Commonly known as PFund, the non-profit’s mission is to be “a vital resource and community builder for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving.”

Learn more about Philanthrofund Foundation scholarships.

The National Center for Transgender Equality

The National Center for Transgender Equality is “dedicated to advancing the equality of transgender people through advocacy, collaboration and empowerment.”

They tackle various issues like discrimination, hate crimes, education and many more.

Additionally, they offer people the tools to take action to help make a difference as well.

You can join the cause by applying for an internship position in one of the following five categories: policy, communications, development, general and legal.

Learn more about the National Center for Transgender Equality’s internship opportunities.

Queer Foundation

The Queer Foundation is “dedicated to improving educational opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.”

One such way of doing so is through their Queer Scholars Program, which provides colleges scholarships to LGBTQA high school students.

Learn more about the Queer Foundation’s scholarships.

PFLAG National
Formerly known as Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, PFLAG National is the largest U.S. organization that unites lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals with parents, friends, families and straight allies to support the LGBTQ community.

PFLAG offers national scholarships but many local chapters offers scholarships as well.

Learn more about the PFLAG’s scholarship program.

eQuality Scholarship Collaborative
The eQuality Scholarship Collaborative is a volunteer-led effort, which began in 1989.

The collaborative is a sponsored project of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and has awarded more than $700k in scholarships over the past 25 years.

Learn more about the eQuality Scholarship Collaborative’s scholarships.

Campus Pride
In addition to offering a wealth of resources to LGBT college students, Campus Pride, in partnership with the Point Foundation, has a scholarship database which is chock full of scholarships for LGBT students looking to pay for school.

The site also offers resources to find LGBT-friendly campuses and information about LGBT-friendly college fairs near you!

Learn more about the Campus Pride’s scholarship listings.


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