LGBT Grants

Posted on July 29, 2015 in Minority Grants

Minority grants to attend college are offered to many different classes of citizens who are either outnumbered or have been marginalized in some way compared to other groups of society. We typically think of minority groups as African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans and more. Women could even be called a minority group when it come to education.

In terms of minority grants, the field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender grants is relatively new. The number of grants for these categories of individuals is growing, however, and many resources are available as this lifestyle has become more socially acceptable.

Some of the grants for LGBT students available nationally, while others are regional. Colleges and universities always want to increase the population of under-represented groups on their campuses, so they usually offer grants to minority groups like this. The school you are interested in may even have a dedicated LGBT center that actively advocates for and helps LGBT students. It may be worth a call to your school to see if any resources there are available to you.

Sources for LGBT Grants

The Fund for Lesbian and Gay Scholarships (also known as FLAGS) gives awards in varying amounts to community-minded students. These grants are based on financial need and academic merit.

The LEAGUE Foundation Academic Scholarship Fund offers grants to graduating high school seniors who have identified themselves as LGBT. Eligibility for these funds is based on GPA and community involvement.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force administers the Messenger-Anderson Journalism Scholarship and Internship Program. These awards are $10,000 scholarships to LGBT students who are studying journalism and communications at four-year colleges.

The Point Foundation provides scholarships in varying amounts to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students. These funds are aimed particularly toward students whose sexual orientation has caused them to be isolated or abandoned by family and friends and who may not be able to access normal support systems.

The Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund offers funds to students who have identified themselves as transgender and are interested in careers in religion, social services, health care, law and education. The fund is sponsored by the International Foundation for Gender Education.

Many regional grants and scholarships are also available to LGBT students. A quick Internet search will reveal many of these options. There is also a class of grants and scholarships that benefit the increasing population of children who are raised in LGBT households in the United States.

The Pride Foundation offers more than 50 scholarships that promote leadership and diversity in the LGBT community. Categories include Arts and Music, Health and Wellness, Business, Law and Political Science, Social Work, Science and Technology, Community Leadership and Cultural Identities. Geographical considerations are also a factor. The great thing about these opportunities is that one application works for all grants.

While the field of LGBT grants is relatively new in terms of minority grants, plenty of opportunities abound for students who identify in this manner, are raised in an LGBT household or want to pursue work in that field. Persistence is the key to finding LGBT funds for education.

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