In addition to federal financial aid, many Connecticut College students pursue scholarships from outside sources. The following scholarships are available to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) students through various foundations and organizations. This is a list of some of the top scholarship opportunities available for LGBTQIA students and their allies. We have provided links to the scholarship website, information about applying for awards, and the application for these grants. Please check the scholarship website for details on application deadlines.
Gamma Mu Scholarship Program: Supports gay men who want to continue their education beyond high school at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program. Preference is given to students who demonstrate leadership within their community, specifically promoting diversity and tolerance for all citizens.
Live Out Loud Annual Scholarship: Provides five $5,000 scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students who have shown exceptional leadership, courage, and achievement. The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors in the tri-state area (NY, CT, NJ).
National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association Scholarship Programs: Scholarship awards will provide funding for an LGBT student who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA's mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community.
PFLAG Local Scholarship Programs: In addition to the National Scholarships Program, many PFLAG chapters have scholarship programs of their own to support self-identified gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) youth, or a straight ally youth. A list of chapters offering scholarships is available from the PFLAG website.
PFLAG National Scholarships Program: $1,000 to $5,000 award to a graduating lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or straight-ally student who is a high school senior.
Point Foundation Scholarship: Provides financial support, mentoring and hope to meritorious undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students who are marginalized because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Awards amounts vary based on need, and are renewed annually until the completion of one's degree.
Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship Fund: Scholarship applicants must be 22 years old or younger, of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQQ), live in the San Francisco Bay Area, be a senior in high school, have a high school diploma or GED, or be attending a college or university and indicate financial need.
Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program: Provides $1,000 college scholarships to outstanding LGBTQA high school students, winners of an annual essay contest to promote queer studies to improve the educational situation of queer youth. Collected, the essays form queer-the-curriculum materials for use in high schools to benefit all LGBTQA students.
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship: Encourages and supports LGBTQ students in their quest for higher education. The TDRS grants scholarships to lesbian-identified students in two categories: 1) Graduating high school seniors who plan on attending a recognized college or university; and, 2) Already matriculated college students in any year of study, including graduate school.