Need-Based Scholarships

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Most students know that they must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to find out their Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is a relative measurement of the student's ability to pay for school, and this number is often used to determine the amount of federal and state assistance available. This is a good start, but the true Cost of Attendance (COA) is often different than the sticker price. Most students have expenses beyond tuition, including room and board, books, and other costs. Before turning to student loans, students with financial need can look for scholarships to help close the gap between their EFC and COA. Our Scholarship Directory for need-based scholarships is a great place to start.

Brian M. Day Scholarship

This award is for Puget Sound area gay men of color who are U.S. citizens and have significant financial need and demonstrate activism in the gay/lesbian community and communities of color.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Davis Wright Tremaine Equity Scholarship

This award is available for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) students and/or children of GLBT parent(s). Applicant must be a resident of either northwest Oregon (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Hood River, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington or Yamhill counties) or southwest Washington (Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania, or Wahkiakum counties); and must pursue a career in law.

Total: $5000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Dunham-Kerley Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. students who serve as leaders and role models in the LGBT community. Applicants must reside in one of the following states: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or Alaska.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Emmerson-Hoopes Scholarship

This scholarship is available for students pursuing an accredited social work degree (BSW or MSW) from the University of Washington. Applicants must identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or as a straight ally who has demonstrated a commitment to equality and LGBT advocacy.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Frank W. Ross Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. students under the age of 21 who demonstrate significant financial need, with preference to those that have been in foster care and those who have been homeless. Applicants must be residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington. Preference is given to students who are self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), members of LGBT families, or straight-allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBT community.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship

This award is for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), or students who are children of GLBT parents. The student must be a resident of Oregon or Clark County, Washington and must be accepted to a postsecondary program in the arts.

Total: $500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Jabez Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship is available for students from Washington State who have faced significant barriers to their educational pathways including learning disabilities or lack of familial or financial support to pursue an educational goal. Applicants must identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or as a straight ally dedicated to LGBT equality and advocacy.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Jessica Dolin Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students, and LGBT advocates. Applicants must be residents of Oregon or Clark County, Washington.

Total: $5000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Larry McDonald Scholarship

This undergraduate and graduate award is for adult students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT). The student must be seeking to make a significant change in his/her life by taking classes in the arts and/or humanities. The student must also reside in Oregon, OR Clark County, WA.

Total: $500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Len Tritsch Memorial Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. students who are pursuing a medical degree. The applicant must be a resident of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington state, and preference is given to students who are self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), members of LGBT families, or straight-allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBT community.

Total: $5000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Lenehan-Warn Technical Education Scholarship

The Lenehan-Warn Technical Education Scholarship is provided annually for LGBT students and allies in Oregon or Washington state. Applicants must be attending an accredited technical school or program.

Total: $5000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 10
2020

Portland General Electric Scholarship

This award is for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) students, and/or the children of GLBT parents. Applicants must be residents of Oregon or Clark County, Washington, for at least one year prior to submitting an application.

Total: $5000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  January 10
2020