Scholarships

Scholarships & Internships for LGBTQ+ Students, Allies

This scholarship list for LGBTQ+ students totals more than $124,000 in scholarship opportunities.

Shawna Newman

May 26, 2022

Scholarships & Internships for LGBTQ+ Students, Allies
Celebrate who you are!
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the United States. The first month of summer is full of celebratory Pride events across the nation. In fact, your LGBTQ-friendly campus may have a college Pride Parade planned! In support of LGBTQ+ PRIDE month, Fastweb is connecting high school students and college students with scholarship programs for LGBTQ people—promoting acceptance and equality for LGBTQ workers today and for the future.

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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. Students passionate about advocacy regarding equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community also have access to many of these scholarships and grants.
At Fastweb, we are proud to offer Transgender as a gender identity option. Create your free Fastweb profile to get matched to all scholarships that fit your unique self. No matter what your sexual attraction, or gender identity assigned at birth, you have thousands of scholarship options that can help you minimize the need for student loans. Transgender people, female or male—no matter your sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identities, check out the following list of LGBTQ+ scholarships and internships. All opportunities below are available to students identifying as LGBTQ+ and/or for student allies to the LGBTQ+ community. There are far more LGBTQ+ scholarships and internships than we could fit on this LGBTQ ally and LGBTQ scholarship list—be sure you create a profile to find all scholarship opportunities you qualify for!

LGBTQ+ Scholarships

Charlotte Pride Scholarship

Deadline: 6/1/22
Available to: High School Seniors through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,500 The Charlotte Pride Scholarship is available to LGBTQ and ally high school seniors and current college students from the Charlotte metro area. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Out to Innovate Scholarship

Deadline: 6/4/22
Available to: College Juniors through Graduate Students
Award Amount: $5,000 The Out to Innovate Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students who identify as members of the LGBTQ+ community. You must be majoring in a STEM field and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be eligible for this award.

Her/Him/Them for STEM Scholarship

Deadline: 6/5/22
Available to: Undergraduate Students
Award Amount: $2,000 The Her/Him/Them for STEM Scholarship is available to undergraduate students who are majoring in a STEM field. You must be under the age of 23 and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to applicants who have been active participants in Center programs.

FAB "Finish A Bachelor" Scholarship

Deadline: 6/5/22
Available to: College Juniors & Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000 The FAB "Finish A Bachelor" Scholarship is available to college juniors and seniors. You must be under the age of 23 and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to applicants who have been active participants in Center programs.

oSTEM Scholarship

Deadline: 6/10/22
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students
Award Amount: $5,000 The oSTEM Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students. You must identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, be majoring in a STEM field, and have completed at least one semester at your institution to be considered for this award.

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

Deadline: 6/10/22
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Years 1-5
Award Amount: $4,000 The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship is available to lesbian students. You must demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding community service and leadership, and a commitment to impacting LGBT issues to be considered for this award.

Ruth Benedict Book Prize Competition

Deadline: 6/15/22
Available to: Graduate Students
Award Amount: Varies The Ruth Benedict Book Prize Competition is open to the author of a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a topic that engages issues and theoretical perspectives relevant to LGBTQ studies. Books submitted for the competition must have a publication date of 2020 or 2021 and may not have been submitted previously.

$1,500 Show Your Pride Scholarship

Deadline: 6/30/22
Available to: High School Students
Award Amount: $1,500 Answer this question: In honor of Pride Month, what is something about yourself that makes you proud? A winner will be randomly drawn and contacted via email. The contest runs from June 1, 2022 through June 30, 2022.

NGPA Pilot Scholarship

Deadline: 7/31/22
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Years 1-5
Award Amount: $7,000 The NGPA Pilot Scholarships are available to students who are pursuing advanced flight training. To be considered, you must demonstrate community involvement, including support of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

#TransgenderFirst Scholarship

Deadline: 12/31/22
Available to: Undergraduate Students
Award Amount: $2,500 The TransgenderFirst National Scholarship is open to students who identify as transgender or non-binary. You must be planning to pursue or be currently pursuing a degree, and be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for this award.

SOULE Foundation Scholarship

Deadline:Rolling
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Years 1-5
Award Amount: $5,000 The SOULE Foundation Scholarship is open to LGBT students of color who are enrolled full-time at a college/university. You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 to be eligible for this award. LGBTQ+ Internships

Denver Element Internship

Available to: College Freshman - Graduate Students, Years 1-5
The Denver Element Internship is available to undergraduate and graduate level students. You must be enrolled in a human services, counseling, or social work degree program to be eligible for this internship. Applicants should have interest in working with working with the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals living with HIV, people experiencing homelessness/experiencing financial instability, and individuals involved in the criminal justice system. As an intern, you will receive weekly individual and group supervision from a Licensed Professional Counselor/Addictions Counselor/Social Worker, provide evaluations/assessments, do group/individual counseling, perform case management, learn DAP style clinical documentation, DSM-5 diagnosis, Medicaid billing requirements, and treatment planning in a positive and supportive environment. Internships run year-round and require a minimum commitment of 3-4 months.

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund Summer Social Media Internship-Remote

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Years 1-5
The TLDEF Summer Social Media Internship-Remote is available to applicants who are passionate about social, racial, economic, and gender justice. You must be proficient in trans-specific and LGBTQ+ news, events, issues, and trends to be eligible for this internship. Additionally, you must have experience with social media/digital and/or community organizing/advocacy, be adaptable, possess excellent communication and proofreading skills, be familiar with Microsoft Office and Slack/Zoom, and have reliable internet. Preference given to applicants who have experience managing a Facebook and/or Twitter account with over 10,000 followers, drafting website/social media copy, social media analytics, Adobe Creative Cloud or Canva. Fluency in Spanish is a bonus. As an intern, you will assist with updating website content, maintain the social media calendar, execute content, monitor postings, and promote TLDEF’s programs, news, and events to drive social media engagement.

InterseXtions Internship

Available to: Students, Ages 14 - 19
The InterseXtions Internship is available to all NYC teens, ages 14–19, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, two-spirit, gender nonconforming, questioning and/or queer. You must be able to commit to weekly meetings on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 pm and additional field trips on Fridays or weekends to be considered for this position. As an intern, you’ll work to provide a safe, equitable, and creative space for other LGBTQ+ teens to have fun, explore the arts, and express themselves and their identities.

Pride Internship

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Years 1-5
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.

Campus Pride Internship

Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
The Campus Pride Internship is available to college students and recent graduates who possess a desire to learn more about campus organizing and social justice issues. Selected applicants will work remotely or at the home office in Charlotte, NC. Interns will observe and participate in substantive work and develop resources to support student leaders across the U.S. Part-time interns who work remotely are expected to work 3-10 hours a week; full-time interns based in the home office are expected to work 20-40 hours a week. Internships are offered in the fall, spring, and summer.

TLDEF Summer Social Media Internship

Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
The TLDEF Summer Social Media Internship-Remote is available to applicants who are passionate about social, racial, economic, and gender justice. You must be proficient in trans-specific and LGBTQ+ news, events, issues, and trends to be eligible for this internship. Additionally, you must have experience with social media/digital and/or community organizing/advocacy, be adaptable, possess excellent communication and proofreading skills, be familiar with Microsoft Office and Slack/Zoom, and have reliable internet. Preference given to applicants who have experience managing a Facebook and/or Twitter account with over 10,000 followers, drafting website/social media copy, social media analytics, Adobe Creative Cloud or Canva. Fluency in Spanish is a bonus. As an intern, you will assist with updating website content, maintain the social media calendar, execute content, monitor postings, and promote TLDEF’s programs, news, and events to drive social media engagement.

PFLAG Advocacy and Policy Summer Internship

Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
The PFLAG Advocacy and Policy Summer Internship is available to college students and recent graduates who reside in the U.S. You must demonstrate commitment to LGBTQ+ equality, have experience with Google Suite, be familiar with how to use Associated Press (AP) Style, and possess excellent written, verbal, research, and organizational skills to be considered for this internship. Additionally, you must commit to working 20 hours per week, either remotely or at the PFLAG national office in Washington, D.C. Preference given to applicants who have demonstrated interest through a previous internship experience, volunteerism, or active pre-professional organization involvement in a government, public affairs, or nonprofit sector. The Advocacy and Policy intern will gain participative experience in federal and state legislation and advocacy through learning the structure, procedures, and practices of legislative branches, utilizing SalesForce and Salsa software, and policy research/reporting.

OutRight Action International Communications Internship

Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
The OutRight Action International Communications Internship is available to undergraduate and graduate level students. You must have a passion for human rights, LGBT issues, and gender equality to be considered for this internship. Additionally, you should have experience in digital media for school/other newspaper, and have excellent information synthesis, copy-editing, and research skills. Preference given to multi-lingual applicants with graphic/web design and videography/photography experience who have an interest in non-profit communications. As a Communications intern, you will distribute digital media for online marketing and social platforms, research key topics for press releases, support SEO planning and analysis, and work with the team to create graphics and blog posts. Internships are offered during the spring, fall, and summer. This position is located at OutRight headquarters in New York, New York.

The Center Social Work/Direct Service Internship

Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
The Center Social Work/Direct Service Internship is available to students who are pursuing a master's degree in social work (MSW), master's degree in counseling (MHC), and/or addiction counseling certification (CASAC-T). You must coordinate with your school’s field placement department/field placement advisors to be eligible for this internship. This internship is located in New York, NY.

United We Dream Texas Advocacy Internship

Available to: Undergraduate & Graduate Students
The UWD Texas Advocacy Internship is available to applicants who are passionate about equality and immigration issues. You must be a critical thinker, self-motivated, and possess excellent organizational, verbal, and written skills to be eligible for this internship. Preference given to multilingual applicants who are familiar with remote platforms such as Zoom/Slack/G-Suite and who have volunteer or work experience in immigrant rights/racial justice. As in intern, you will support local advocacy campaigns, co-develop public education materials, grow strategic relationships, conduct research to inform strategy, and support the advocacy training program through development of materials. Interns are expected to work 12 hours per week, remotely. United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led community in the country, focusing on opening doors for LGBTQ/diverse immigrant youth, building innovative technology systems, clearing pathways to education, stopping deportations, and creating alliances across social movements.

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