LGBTQ Scholarships

QRC Scholarships

The QRC now offers small scholarships each year. Read more about QRC Scholarships.

Local/Regional Scholarships:

Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund

The Audria M. Edwards Scholarship Fund was established in 1987 by her children, Woody Johnson a.k.a. Lady Elaine Peacock and Misty Waters. The Scholarship is administered by Peacock Productions Inc. and is available to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and/or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons who reside in Oregon and/or Southwest Washington.

Equity Foundation Scholarships

Equity Foundation is a local organization offering several different scholarships for LGBTQ students and students who are children of LGBTQ parents, including the David M. Crawford Memorial Scholarship, which is only for PSU students. Scholarship applications are due July 31st of each year for the upcoming academic year.

The Pride Foundation

For nearly 20 years, Pride Foundation has brought together caring individuals, leaders, and community volunteers to create positive social change.

National Scholarships, Grants and Foundations:

For All Students:

The Point Foundation

The Point Foundation is a national, publicly-supported scholarship fund that provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Awards amounts vary based on need, and are renewed annually until the completion of one's degree as long as key expectations are met in the "Contract of Excellence" signed by each Scholar, which includes a requirement to maintain a 3.5 GPA. Past award amounts have ranged from $5,000 to $28,000 per year. The deadline is March 1.

For High School Seniors Entering College:

LEAGUE Foundation

The LEAGUE Foundation awards scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender high school seniors who have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and who are actively and substantially involved in community service. Scholarships include the Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship, and the Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship, and the LEAGUE Foundation Scholarship. The application deadline is in mid-April.

PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) Scholarship Programs

PFLAG Scholarships are open to any LGBTQA graduating high school senior attending an accredited institution in the United States.

Queer Foundation Scholarships (Queer Studies)

This organization sponsors an English language essay contest to promote queer studies. Three winners will each receive $1,000 scholarships for study in queer theory or a related field. Applicants should be LGBTQA high school students. The deadline is February 29.

For Students Studying Abroad:

Fund for Education Abroad Rainbow Scholarship

This scholarship is open to undergrads who are US citizens, who plan to study abroad for a minimum of 30 days.

Scholarships Specific to Field of Study:

The American Psychological Association, Division 44 (Psychology)

The Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues offers several awards to support student research into psychological issues relevant to gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, groups or communities.
See also: APA/APF Research Grants

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) (Communications)

NLGJA provides several scholarships and awards for LGBT students interested in journalism.

Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation for Film & Theater Arts (Film & Theater)

This foundation awards yearly grants to playwrights who submit full-length plays, screenplays, musicals, or operas. Works submitted must be gay-positive and be based on a historic person, culture, event, or work of art.

Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship (STEM)

The Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship aims to increase awareness of minorities in STEM areas, along with the challenges they face around the world. Applicants, instead of writing an essay, will create a Wikipedia-style biography page for a person of their choice. The scholarship offers an award of $1000 and is open to all incoming and current college students.

For Graduate Students:

NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award

This award provides financial assistance to graduate students doing Master's thesis or Ph.D. dissertation research in lesbian studies. Students do not need to be enrolled in a women's studies program. Preference is given to candidates who are National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) members. The scholarship amount is $500 per year. The deadline is February 15 of each year.

Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize Competition (Anthropology)

The Association for Queer Anthropology offers this award for a scholarly anthropological paper, written by a student, on a gay or lesbian topic. The prize consists of a $400 cash award and a letter of commendation from the Prize Committee. (The prize is not specifically for tuition, but rather is intended to reward excellent graduate student papers.) The deadline is in mid-June.

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