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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 Unigo profile to discover your personalized list of possible awards.

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: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 20
2019

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: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 20
2019

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: $5000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 20
2019

AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

The AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship is available to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students from an under-represented population group who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Total: $500 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 30
2019

Columbia College of Missouri Leadership Award

This award is for U.S. high school seniors who are planning to attend Columbia College of Missouri. The student must demonstrate leadership in high school and/or communicty activities.

Total: $1500 Awards:  15
Deadline:  October 17
2019

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 1
2019

University of Oregon Stamps Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors who plan to attend the University of Oregon, and are residents of and graduating from a high school in Oregon. Students must: have a grade point average of 3.85 or higher; have an SAT score of 1300 or higher or an ACT score of 28 or higher; and exemplify leadership, perseverance, scholarship, service, and innovation.

Total: $31250 Awards:  5
Deadline:  November 1
2019

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: $52500 Awards:  15
Deadline:  November 1
2019

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 1
2019

Out to Protect Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available for students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered. Applicants must be "out" with their peers, and serve as a positive influence on the law enforcement community.

Total: $750 Awards:  5
Deadline:  November 29
2019

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

This award is available for Hispanic students who are currently enrolled in or planning to enroll in an accredited higher education program. Applicants must demonstrate leadership and enroll on a full time basis.

Total: $1000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  November 30
2019

Ted, W4VHF, and Itice, K4LVV, Goldthorpe Scholarship

The Ted, W4VHF, and Itice, K4LVV, Goldthorpe Scholarship is open to international and U.S. students at four-year colleges/universities and possess an active amateur radio license (any class). Students must demonstrate financial need and active volunteer service in their community.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31
2019