Awards and Resources for LGBTQ Students

Unless otherwise noted, the Office of Special Scholarship Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. For questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to.

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  • Acorn Equality Fund Scholarship  Designed to provide academic financial support for gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered students, allies or the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered parents. The 2014 scholarships range from $1000 to $5,000 with up to $30,000 being disbursed. To be eligible, the applicant must retain permanent residence in the AEF service area (all Illinois counties except: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will) and attend any accredited post-secondary educational facility.
    National AIDS Memorial Grove Young Leaders Scholarship Program  Awards up to $2,500 to college undergraduates who have demonstrated leadership in HIV/AIDS awareness and advocacy.
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  • Point Scholarships  Point Foundation was established in 2001 to nurture the next generation of LGBTQ leaders. Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Awarded on a “last provider” basis. Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. It is the responsibility of those selected as Point Scholars to secure as much outside funding as possible.
    Fund for Education Abroad: Rainbow Scholarship Awarded to a deserving LGBTQI student who aims to participate in a high-quality, rigorous education abroad program. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates in US universities/colleges who plan to study abroad for at least four weeks.
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  • American Atheists Gay/Lesbian College Scholarship  Various scholarships for current students and opportunities for college students who are primarily atheist LGBTQ and interested activism.
    Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award  The Bisexual Foundation Scholarship is an annual fund awarding up to $1000 per award to selected graduate students to advance research on the psychology of bisexuality. This new award recognizes the growing importance of research on bisexuality to the field of LGBT issues in psychology and offers concrete support and encouragement to emerging scholars in this field. Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level. Applications from students in allied disciplines, such as social work and sociology, cannot be considered at this time.
    UIC Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of LGBTQ People and Allies [Apply via UIC SnAP] Funds scholarships for graduate or undergraduate student at UIC who promotes a positive identity for LGBT students.
    Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women and Transgender Community The scholarship hopes to recognize those who are active in the community and encourages future leaders. APIQWTC will be awarding scholarships of $750 to two Asian/Pacific Islander lesbian, bisexual, or queer women or transgender individuals pursuing technical/professional training or an undergraduate/graduate degree.
    Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards Each year, the Colin Higgins Foundation salutes and celebrates courage in the face of adversity and discrimination by awarding $10,000 individual grants to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists(through age 20).
    Malyon-Smith Scholarship Award It is a fund that annually awards up to $1000 to selected graduate students in psychology to advance research in the psychology of sexual orientation and gender identity. Applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in a Department of Psychology at the graduate level. Applications from students in allied disciplines, such as social work and sociology, cannot be considered at this time.
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  • Gammu Mu Foundation Scholarships Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and the desire to pursue additional training through academic or vocational endeavors. The applicant must be a gay man under 35 years of age, have completed high school (or GED) by June of the current year, and be a U.S. citizen.
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  • Jean Paul Ohadi Foundation The JPO Foundation was formed to help organizations aid in the treatment, education, support and understanding of Bipolar disorder and against society’s prejudice against his sexual orientation. Each year the PFLAG Deerfield Chapter has helped in the selection of young people who have submitted evidence of their academic achievement and their involvement in the LGBTQ community. Must be Illinois resident and undergraduate.
    OPALGA Scholarship Program The $2,000 OPALGA award is available to students who are planning to work with and advocate for the LGBT community. Scholarships are open to graduates of area high schools: Oak Park River Forest High School, Proviso East, Proviso Math & Science, Morton East & West High Schools, Elmwood Park High School, Steinmetz Academic Centre, Fenwick High School, Lyons Township High School or Trinity High School.
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  • NWSA Women’s/Gender Studies Student Scholarships and Awards Lesbian Caucus Scholarship The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a $500 research award in recognition of a Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation research project that resonates with the mission of NWSA and the goals of the Lesbian Caucus.
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  • The Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund Recognizes African American lesbians making significant contributions to their communities. Must be an African American lesbian who is 40 years old or older attending any technical, undergraduate or graduate school located in the United States GPA 3.0 or higher.
    Ruth Benedict Book Price Competition The Ruth Benedict Prize is presented each year at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting to acknowledge excellence in a scholarly book written from an anthropological perspective about a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered topic.
    The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize The Kenneth W. Payne Student Prize is presented each year by the Association for Queer Anthropology (AQA) to a graduate or undergraduate student in acknowledgement of outstanding anthropological work on 1) a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered topic, or 2) a critical interrogation of sexualities and genders more broadly defined.
    BATTELLE/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarships Funds scholarships for LGBTQ or ally students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics related fields.
    National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or an active ally of the LGBT community.
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  • Committee on LGBT History  The Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History awards five prizes for outstanding work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, and queer history; prize descriptions are below. Calls for prizes are announced in the early summer of each year; submissions are due to prize committee members in the fall. The prizes are awarded each year in early January at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.
    Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations Two $5,000 scholarships to pursue undergraduate or graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States. The awards will be granted on a competitive basis for the best use of the visual arts, media, creative writing or other creative endeavor to convey culturally appropriate health messages aimed at raising awareness of tobacco’s harmful impact residents of low-income communities, U.S. racial/ethnic minorities, the Gay/Lesbian/Bi-sexual/Transgender community and other populations that have significantly higher than average smoking prevalence rates.
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  • Human Rights Campaign works for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights
    UIC Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC)  provides students with dynamic programming and resources around gender identity sexual orientation and their intersections with other identities in education and resources.
    CampusPride.org provides listings of more national and local LGBTQ scholarships, in addition to other campus resources.
    Chicagoland LGBTQ Services Directory an online directory of local LGBTQ services.
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