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Although the rights and acceptance of the LGBT community has shown progress, that doesn’t mean that discrimination and intolerance don’t exist. Students who identify as lesbian, gay, transgendered, or bisexual may still be faced with physical, verbal, or emotional bullying within their communities and schools. Thankfully, several rights organizations have stepped forward to help LGBT students feel encouraged to embrace who they are and pursue their dreams — including going to college. LGBT students, and those that help fight for their rights, may qualify for these scholarship awards to help pay for college. Browse our list of LGBT scholarships to discover resources and awards to help pay for your degree. For even more scholarships, fill out a free ScholarshipExperts profile to discover your personalized list of possible awards.

Markowski-Leach Scholarship

This award is available for self-identified gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, and queer students attending or planning to attend San Francisco State University, Stanford University, or University of California at Berkeley. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, enroll full time, and demonstrate potential to become positive role models for LGBTQ people.

Total: $12000

Awards: 8

Deadline: March 10, 2021

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

This scholarship is available for current U.S. undergraduate students who work or have worked in an Asian restaurant (Asian-owned or Asian cuisine) OR have a parent who works or has worked in one.

Total: $2000

Awards: 2

Deadline: March 12, 2021

Achievement Scholarship for Students with a History of Chronic Illness

This scholarship is open to Delaware residents who have experienced a health-related issue (not necessarily a chronic illness) documented by a physician, which lasted at least six months and impaired their ability to pursue their education. Graduating high school seniors and former graduates from Delaware high schools may apply.

Total: $4000

Awards: 4

Deadline: March 15, 2021

John A. & Marion B. Smitheman Fund

This scholarship is open to Delaware high school seniors who are graduating from a Kent County public school and plan to pursue an engineering degree at a Delaware institution. Students must be active in community service and have a low to moderate income.

Total: $5000

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Thurman G. Adams and Hilda McCabe Adams Family Scholarship

This scholarship is for Delaware undergraduate students who are pursuing a career in agriculture, agri-business, or a green energy-related field. Preference is given to residents of Sussex County.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Margaret A. Stafford Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Delaware residents who are accepted at an accredited college or university’s nursing program to initiate or further nursing training. All recipients will seek to improve the quality of health care in society through nursing practices that ensure that patients are a priority.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Stantec Equity & Diversity Scholarship

Applicants must be enrolled in a college, university, or post-secondary institution in the 2021-22 academic year in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree; pursue a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) major; and belong to a historically underrepresented population/group such as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), members of the LGBTQ2+ community, people with disabilities, veterans, and first-generation college students.

Total: $200000

Awards: 20

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Philip L. Bartlett Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available to Delaware students who plan to attend or are currently attending the University of Delaware. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Total: $2500

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Bethel AME Church Community Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Delaware high school seniors who are not members of the Bethel AME Church and can demonstrate financial need and scholastic achievement. Preference is given to residents of Eastside Wilmington, DE.

Total: $500

Awards: 1

Deadline: March 15, 2021

Jill Biden Scholarship – Biden Breast Health Initiative

This scholarship is open to Delaware resident high school seniors who are graduating from a Delaware high school and plan to pursue a career in healthcare or education. Students must have a low to moderate income and be active in community service.

Total: $6000

Awards: 3

Deadline: March 15, 2021

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