Gay & Lesbian Services of Western New York

LGBTQ Scholarships

Some scholarships require a letter substantiating your involvement in the GLBT community.  GSA advisors and GLYS are possible sources of such proof.

The Tom Hammond Memorial Scholarship
Started in 2005, this $500 scholarship will go to a GLYS member or alumnus.  The scholarship is named for GLYS Founder, Tom Hammond, and has been made possible through the generosity of his sister, Sue Hammond.
Click here for the Hammond 2012 application and information.

The Mann Scholarship
Click here for the Mann 2012 application and information.

HSBC Pride Network Scholarship
This scholarship is for youth who live in WNY and participate in their school’s GSA, etc.  Are you a high school senior or college student whose home address is in WNY (even though you may attend or plan to pursue your post-secondary education at an institution outside of WNY)?  Do you belong to your high school or college Gay Straight Alliance, Rainbow Alliance, or other diversity club?  If your responses to both questions was “yes,” then YOU are eligible for one of the a $500 scholarships for the fall 2012 semester offered by HSBC Bank’s LGBT employee diversity group!  This scholarship is awarded through GLYS.
Click here for the HSBC Pride 2012 application and information.

EmbraceWNY is a group that sponsors a “Brunch” each year in April.  Some of the funds raised through the event are used to support scholarships for young people who live in WNY and will attend college in WNY.  These are available to both high school and college students who participate in a Gay Straight Alliance or diversity club at their school.

PFLAG Scholarship Programs
(Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
PFLAG National Scholarships provide an important, positive statement to gay, lesbian, bi and trans students.  Scholarships are available at the national level and are awarded by many of the local chapters.  Applicants can receive both awards if eligible.  Now availble from PFLAG National: Three $5,000 scholarships, three $2,500 scholarships, and up to ten $1,000 scholarships!

National Gay Pilots Association
The NGPA Education Fund has been established to provide educational assistance in the form of scholarships to members of the gay and lesbian community who have expressed an interest in an aviation career as a professional pilot.

Financial Aid for LGB Students
If you’re a lesbian, gay or bisexual student, you should also call the colleges that interest you and ask if they have a LGB Resource Center.  The resource center should have information about any local LGB awards.

Zami offers the Audre Lorde Scholarship and several other $1,000 scholarships to gay and lesbian undergraduate and graduate students of African descent who are making significant contributions to their communities.  Zami is Atlanta’s premiere organization for lesbians of African descent, and the award’s emphasis is on service to the lesbian community.  The deadline is May 15.  For more information:

AT&T League Scholarship Fund
“Each year, the LEAGUE Foundation awards academic scholarships to assist self-identified lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender youth in attending college.  These scholarships are available only to graduating US high school seniors.”  History, application requirements and application process available:

Family Pride Coalition COLAGE
Accepting applications for Lee Dubin Scholarships.  The Family Pride Coalition and COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere).  The scholarship provides up to $1,000 for as many as five college students who are the children of LGBT parents, and who have demonstrated a commitment to creating change in the LGBT community.

Forum Foundation Scholarships
Intended to promote positive gay identity, to encourage continued academic and career progress and to assist financing higher education and educational experiences.  Scholarship recipients are chosen based on scholastic achievement or promise, financial need and leadership abilities.  Preference given to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students.

The Point Foundation
Scholarship opportunities for exceptional students, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The Point Foundation is the first and only nationwide LGBT scholarship organization that focuses exclusively on granting assistance to undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students of distinction.  Point Scholars are chose for their demonstrated leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, involvement in the LGBT community and financial or emotional need.

Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund
For Transgender Identified Students in the Helping and Caring Professions.  The International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) awards numerous scholarships to transgender identified stduents in the helping and caring professions through its collaborative Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF) in the United States and Canada.  For more information and qualifications:

Queer Foundation
Scholarships are available for studies in queer theory or a related field at the college or university of their choice.  As Queer Scholars, young writers can positively affect the conditions of their fellow LGBT students and other queer youth.  Collect, their writings can become queer-the-curriculum materials that schools and teachers can use for positive change.  For more information about these scholarships, visit:

Human Rights Campaign
HRC keeps a database of scholarships aimed at LGBTQ students.

Are you a gay male attending or headed for college?!  If so, you could be eligible for this Gammu Mu Foundation scholarship!


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