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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.

Acorn Equality Fund Luke Scholarship

The Luke Scholarship is available to LGBT students, allies, and the children of LGBT parents who have a permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area (all counties in Illinois except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement and unmet financial need.

Total: $35000

Awards: 5

Deadline: September 18, 2020

Acorn Equality Fund Acorn Scholarship

The Acorn Scholarship is available to LGBT students, allies, and the children of LGBT parents who have a permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area (all counties in Illinois except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). Applicants must demonstrate service to and advocacy for the LGBT community.

Total: $35000

Awards: 4

Deadline: September 20, 2020

Acorn Equality Fund McKeon Scholarship

The McKeon Scholarship is available to LGBT students, allies, and the children of LGBT parents who have a permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area (all counties in Illinois except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will). Applicants must demonstrate academic achievement, as well as political involvement and advocacy for LGBT issues.

Total: $3333

Awards: 4

Deadline: September 20, 2020

Freidin Brown, P.A. & SAVE Social Justice Scholarships

Applicants must have a proven record of volunteer or leadership experience either within the LGBTQ community and must have completed at least two years of college or be enrolled in or accepted to a graduate program with a focus on social work, community policy, law, education, or any other relative field addressing social justice issues.

Total: $25000

Awards: 5

Deadline: October 30, 2020

Good Works Scholarship

The scholarship program is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and law school students, as well as incoming college freshmen at an accredited U.S. educational institution. The candidate must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Additionally, they must show a dedicated interest in community service and projects pertaining to criminal justice.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: October 31, 2020

University of Oregon Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors plannign to attend the University of Oregon. Students must have a grade point average of 3.85 or higher and exemplify leadership, perseverance, service, and innovation. Funds can also be used for studying abroad.

Total: $125000

Awards: 5

Deadline: November 01, 2020

Lax Scholarship

This award is available to openly gay men from the five-county metropolitan Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia counties) studying anywhere in the U.S., or openly gay men from anywhere in the U.S. who are studying in the five-county metropolitan Philadelphia region.

Total: $10000

Awards: 5

Deadline: November 01, 2020

Arcadia University Campus Achievement Award For Returning Students

U.S. undergraduate students attending Arcadia University in Pennsylvania are eligible for this award. Students must demonstrate financial need, campus involvement and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $3000

Awards: 3

Deadline: November 01, 2020

Boston College Presidential Scholars Program

U.S. students who demonstrate outstanding academic records, hold leadership roles in their school and are committed to and have a demonstrated interest in community service are eligible for this award. Students will be considered upon admission to Boston College in Massachusetts.

Total: $210000

Awards: 15

Deadline: November 01, 2020

Betty Goah Scholars Program to Advance Diversity

This award is for U.S. undergraduate students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, SAT score of 980 or an ACT score of 21. Applicants must attend Milligan College and must contribute to the diversity of the student body.

Total: $107560

Awards: 15

Deadline: December 01, 2020

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