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LGBTQ+ Scholarships and Internships

LGBTQIA+ Scholarships and Internships

University Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships have officially launched ScholarshipUniverse! This new platform is an easy-to-use, personalized hub that makes applying for both UCSB-specific and external scholarships easier than ever. 

Students can access the tool by logging in with their UCSB NetID and password at ucsb.scholarshipuniverse.com

You can learn more about ScholarshipUniverse by visiting their website, where you'll find step-by-step instructions for how to use the tool, an FAQ, and more. If you know any students looking for scholarship opportunities, please encourage them to log on to ScholarshipUniverse!

Annual Scholarships

BATTELLE/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarships (x)

BATTELLE/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarships is to award scholarships to LGBT or LGBT-supportive students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related teaching fields.

  • Deadline: early June
  • Award: $5000

Chemistry Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Chem-SURF) (x)

The Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Chem-SURF) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), provides a unique 10-week summer research opportunity for undergraduates to become fully immersed in a wide range of exciting, cutting-edge specialized and interdisciplinary research projects.

  • Deadline: TBA
  • Award: $3,500 stipend, on campus housing, and travel allowance

League Foundation (x)

The program is open to self-identified Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender students graduating from high school who are United States Citizens attending an accredited college, university, or vocational school within the United States or Canada. A minimum GPA of 3.0, two personal essays, and two letters of recommendation from non-family members are required. Community involvement, activities, and leadership roles relating directly to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities are given priority.

  • Deadline: Late April
  • Award: Varies

Lee Dublin Scholarship Fund (x)

The Lee Dubin Scholarship is sponsored by COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere) and the Family Pride Coalition (FPC). Three to five $1,000 scholarships are awarded to children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered parents and guardians who have worked to affect change in the LGBT community and the community at large.

  • Deadline: Mid April
  • Award: $1000

Messenger-Anderson Journalism Scholarship and Internship Program (NGLTF) (x)

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presents a $240,000 scholarship program for undergraduate students pursuing a degree in journalism or communications at an accredited four-year college or university.  Fair coverage of LGBT issues insists upon the basic premise that all of us are created equally. But media coverage today often begins with the discriminatory notion that equality for LGBT people is somehow a matter for debate. By encouraging LGBT students to pursue journalism and by assisting them with their studies, the Task Force hopes to improve the way the LGBT communities and movement are covered.

National Gay Pilots Association (NGPA)(x)

The NGPA is proud to announce over $150,000 in scholarships for 2019. We are honored that our members and sponsors have put their faith in the NGPA to carry the message of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion to the aviation community. The NGPA, founded in 1990, is a 501 C3 with membership throughout the world. We seek to promote acceptance and inclusion of the LGBT community in aviation through education, advocacy, and social networking. 
NGPA scholarships are open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Applicants must be a member of the NGPA at the time of application and should be able to demonstrate their support and advocacy for the LGBT community. The scholarship application window is open from June 1 – August 31. 

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGA) (x)

NLGJA provides several scholarships and awards for LGBT students interested in journalism. These include the $5,000 Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship, the $1,000 Bob Ross Student Scholarship from the NLGJA Northern California Chapter, and the $500 and $1,000 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

  • Deadline: Varies
  • Award: Varies

Point Foundation (x)

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.

  • Deadline: Varies (usually Winter Quarter)
  • Award: Varies

Queer Foundation Scholarships (x)

The Queer Foundation sponsors an English 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.

  • Deadline: Late February
  • Award: Varies

Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship (x)

The Ronald P. Wilmot Scholarship Fund of the Jewish Community Federation Endowment Fund provides up to three scholarships annually to children of gay and/or lesbian parent(s) toward undergraduate, postgraduate, or comparable degrees at accredited institutions of higher education. Eligibility is based on the applicants exceptional academic and/or artistic excellence and financial need.

  • Deadline: TBA
  • Award: $3,000 - $5,000

The Tang Scholarship (x)

Mr. Edward C. Tang established this award in 2007 to provide financial assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (l/g/b/t) Asian and Pacific Islanders (API) for post-secondary Education. This scholarship is to help LGBT youth proudly achieve educational pursuits and dreams without shame. This scholarship awards up to two outstanding students annually, a combined scholarships totaling up to $15,000. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of three more years (a total of four years) provided each student annually meets the renewal requirements.

  • Deadline: 5pm on April 30, 2011
  • Award: up to $15000

     

Scholarship Lists and Financial Aid Resources

College Scholarships (x)
Features a large collection of scholarships ranging from general categories to more specific ones. No membership or registration is required.

FinAid (x)
This site provides resources for financial aid and scholarships. The site also has a section devoted specifically to LGBT scholarships.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Scholarship Resources (x)
Contains a list of various scholarships and financial aid resources directed towards the LGBT community.

Graduate Fellowship Available in Diversity Services at Suffolk University (x)
An LGBT fellowship offered by the Diversity Services office at Suffolk University.

National Consortium of Directors of LGBT Resources in Higher Education (x)
The combined vision and mission on the Consortium is to achieve higher education environments in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni have equity in every respect. Their goals are to support colleagues and develop curriculum to professionally enhance this work; to seek climate improvement on campuses; and to advocate for policy change, program development, and establishment of LGBT Office/Centers.

PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) (x)
PFLAG Scholarships provide an important, positive statement to a group of young people that is coping amazingly well in an often-adverse school environment. They are marginalized and subjected to harassment and discrimination in many parts of the country, not only at school but also often in their own families. PFLAG is proud to support these articulate, accomplished scholars with great promise for future contribution to our society in general and to the cause of rights and recognition for GLBT people in particular.  Scholarships are available at the national level and are awarded by many of the local chapters. Applicants can receive both awards if eligible.

Safe Schools Coalition Scholarships and Grants (x)
Safe Schools features a list of a growing number of organizations that want to provide financial support for college bound students, whether they have been thrown away by parents or they just need extra help to complete their education.

Scholarship Connection (x)
The Scholarship Connection database includes over 300 scholarship opportunities. Unless otherwise noted, Scholarship Connection does not have further information on database awards. To obtain additional information, please use the contact information provided for each individual scholarship. If an application deadline has passed, you may contact the scholarship foundation directly to inquire about next year's deadline. For complete, up-to-date application requirements, review the application materials; do not rely solely on information in this database.

Skadden Fellowship Foundation (x)
The Skadden Fellowship Foundation, described as "a legal Peace Corps" by The Los Angeles Times, was established in 1988 to commemorate the firm's 40th anniversary, in recognition of the dire need for greater funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights.   The aim of the foundation is to give Fellows the freedom to pursue public interest work; thus, the Fellows create their own projects at public interest organizations with at least two lawyers on staff before they apply.

Undergrad and Grad Scholarships with No Proof of Status Requirement (x)

Scholarships are essential for many undocumented students to pay for higher education, especially students who do not qualify for in-state tuition and state-based financial aid. Undocumented students pursuing higher education need to know that scholarships are available to them—regardless of their immigration status. This year, we’ve added 79 brand-new scholarships to our 2018-2019 List of Scholarships. The complete list now contains 232 scholarships that do not require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency (198 scholarships are open to individuals who don’t have DACA or in-state eligibility).

Internships & Fellowships

San Francisco/Bay Area

Our Family Coalition

LYRIC, Center for LGBTQQ Youth

  • LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.
  • http://lyric.org/youth-internships/

Human Rights Campaign

SF Pride

  • The Mission of the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration Committee is to educate the world, commemorate our heritage, celebrate our culture, and liberate our people.
  • http://www.sfpride.org/job-opportunities/

City & County of San Francisco Internship

  • The City and County of San Francisco is seeking student interns for various engineering and architecture disciplines, to provide support to in-house teams. 
  • http://www.sfstudentintern.org/

 

Los Angeles

GLAAD

  • A U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people in the media. Before March 2013, the name "GLAAD" had been an acronym for "Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation", but became the primary name due to its inclusiveness of bisexual and transgender issues.
  • https://www.glaad.org/internships

Los Angeles LGBT Center

  • The Los Angeles LGBT Center is the world's largest provider of programs and services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Dedicated to building a better world for LGBT people, the organization's work spans four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, and Leadership and Advocacy.
  • https://lalgbtcenter.org/about-the-center/careers

OutRight Action International

  • OutRight is a leading international LGBT human rights organization dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, sex characteristics, or gender identity.
  • https://www.outrightinternational.org/content/internships 

ACLU LGBT Project

  • The ACLU has a long history of defending the LGBT community. We brought our first LGBT rights case in 1936 and founded the LGBT Project in 1986. Today, the ACLU brings more LGBT cases and advocacy initiatives than any other national organization does.
  • https://www.aclu.org/careers

 

UCDC Program

National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

  • The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (link is external) (NGLCC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 aimed at increasing visibility and access for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT)-owned businesses. The NGLCC provides certified LGBT businesses access to corporations and networking opportunities.
  • Internship types include: communications, meetings & education, corporate relations, supplier diversity, affiliate relation & external affairs, and international programs.
  • Contact internships@nglcc.org

Human Rights Campaign

Victory Institute

  • Victory Institute’s signature internship and fellowship programs – as well as its Presidential Appointments Initiative – develops and promotes LGBTQ leaders with varied levels of experience. Through our internships and fellowships, you can work in the U.S. Capitol, attend our four-day Candidate & Campaign Training, or take advanced leadership training sessions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Our Presidential Appointments Initiative aims to secure appointments in pro-equality presidential administrations.
  • https://victoryinstitute.org/programs/

National Diversity Internship Program

  • The VA National Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) provides internship opportunities to diverse undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled, full-time or part-time at an accredited post-secondary institution. Sessions offered from various institutions such as, but not limited to Minority Serving Institutions (i.e., Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American Pacific Islanders, Tribal Colleges and Universities).
  • https://www.diversity.va.gov/programs/internship.aspx

Intern For LGBTQ Members of Congress