Additionally, high school counselors and financial aid officers can help give information about potential sources of scholarships. They may have a list of scholarship opportunities and organizations that award scholarships. Counselors will be able to take into consideration your background, your family situation, and other factors to match you with scholarship openings. The financial aid officers will have information regarding scholarships relevant to your major and your interests, like sports or theater.
Many clubs and organizations you are involved in might have their own scholarship opportunities. You should pursue investigating any scholarship opportunities with these kinds of resources. You may have to go to their website, but you may also be able to contact them directly. It is always a good idea to search for scholarships with places you know and love, like church, community organizations, or clubs. You should make sure you look for scholarships in your local neighborhood and the neighborhood where you plan on attending school.
Another resource to consider is large corporations. These businesses are always looking for ways to give back to the community. Many times, they will offer awards to eligible students. There can be several reasons businesses give money to students. Sometimes they align themselves with the interests of the student. For instance, if company makes musical instruments and the student is interested in music, there might be an available scholarship.
Whatever route you take to look for scholarships, you need to make sure you do your research. Many times, there are deadlines for scholarships or there are stipulations (like you must be Native American) to awards. Doing your homework and researching can help lead you to multiple scholarships.
Our organization is small in comparison with some established groups that support LGBTQ individuals for several years already. Those organizations have vast connection networks that assist them in aiding people in need. And every individual that is a friend of the LGBTQ community is eligible for some form of scholarship, as long as they need it.
Prominent organizations that help
We do anything we can to help as many LGBTQ students as possible, but that doesn’t mean we are the leaders of such activities. The majority of our work is related to cooperation with big groups and spreading the word about the work we do together.
Point Foundation is an organization that gathers money that is invested in students that come out as members of LGBTQ community. Every year this foundation gives up to thirty scholarships that are worth ten thousand dollars each. These are sent to students in the form of monthly payments. Every LGBTQ individual can apply for this scholarship and have it for four years, as long as their grades reflect their desire to learn and finish the college.
League Foundation awards LGBTQ individuals who are involved in ending the discrimination. They give out seven yearly awards for those that try to make their environment better for everyone. Those who believe that they deserve the reward must write two personal essays and also get two letters of recommendation to apply for that. A long list of projects that centered on the community is also something they will help them get the award.
Other prominent organizations that support LGBTQ community
NOGLSTP aka National organization of gay and lesbian scientists and technical professionals offers two 5k dollars scholarships per year for LGBTQ students that express the desire to pursue technology, engineering, science, and math careers. The Recovery Village also offers resources on LGBTQ and addiction and has a scholarship too.
Those who wish to pursue journalism can contact The Association of LGBT journalists, Leroy F. Aaron. The association awards young and promising LGBTQ journalists through scholarships that will help them enroll the school that would benefit from their talents. They also give scholarships for young unemployed journalism graduates in the form of monetary assistance and connections that will land them a job.
Now, the majority of ordinary people think that LGBTQ organizations that award scholarships to gays, lesbians, and others do that just because they aren’t straight. That is a misconception that prevents people from seeing the truth. And the fact is that those scholarships go into the hands of individuals who aren’t afraid to come out and say who they are as well as help the community to accept LGBTQ members.
So, being gay, lesbian or other doesn’t qualify an individual for a scholarship. No, working hard in the community to eliminate the discrimination is what qualifies one for it.
An example of how to get a scholarship
The best way to convey you the way one can apply for the award is to give you an example. This example involves a 19-year-old student from Denver who struggled throughout the school as he had to work hard to get accepted to a college. The biggest problem is that no college would consider the fact that an individual created a gay student alliance that helped gays and those around them. No, colleges are more interested in future sports stars and cheerleaders.
He received the Gill Foundation scholarship for his work in the creation of the Homo-sexual and Heterosexual alliance for Leadership Outreach. This was, for you might not know, the first gay-straight alliance in Denver. Gill Foundation awarded him with four thousand dollars per year to attend the University of Denver. The said student continues his activities at the college as the fight against discrimination doesn’t end with graduation from the school.
Reaching out to discriminated
Many organizations, including us, will reach out and help people whose work benefits the LGBTQ community. Receivers of the scholarship don’t have to be gays, lesbians or others as the hand that reaches out to help has no race or sex.
We work with non-LGBTQ organizations to promote the world without discrimination. Any individual that can benefit this cause can contact us and join the fight. You don’t have to be a member of LGBTQ to do it. You only have to possess the will to turn this world toward something better.
Any individual that wants to succeed has to attend a college and hone their skills. Failure to do so leads to struggle, and a life full of obstacles that are hard to overcome. It is safe to say that those that come out as LGBTQ have many more constraints than straight people.
It’s sad to admit, but discrimination is still intense in many American states, and no laws protect LGBTQ individuals from being discriminated. Many colleges and schools will forsake members of LGBTQ community and offer their financial help for children of straight people due to the pressure from the, mostly, conservative community. This kind of discrimination is something that law can’t change, as people will still feel unnecessary hate toward gays, lesbians, and others.
Giving away what we couldn’t get in the past
Many students are still surprised by scholarships they receive from other similar organizations and us. Most of them are used to discrimination, and they know that struggles will never end. Older generations know how hard it was to go to a school or a college as an LGBTQ member. The majority of them hid their sexual orientation to avoid the wrath of extremely conservative members of the society.
Times change and thus laws appeared that protect LGBTQ members from prosecution by common masses. This doesn’t mean that there is no discrimination as it only means that people are doing it secretly. LGBTQ scholarships are just one of the tools that are useful in a battle against student discrimination.
Fighting the good fight
All scholarships for LGBTQ students come from non-profit organizations, just like we are. Founders of the majority of those groups are LGBTQ individuals who went through hell known as discrimination. All they want is for young people to go through their early life without the need to hide who they are.
No organization will give a scholarship to individuals that hide their sexual orientation due to fear of being discriminated. All of us want you to come out and say who you are. We are all doing this to create a world where you won’t feel any backlash for coming out.