The PFLAG National Scholarship program is a critical component of PFLAG National’s highly successful Cultivating Respect: Safe Schools for All program, rewarding hard work and next generation leadership by youth who identify within the LGBTQ family, or as allies. Each year, organizations such as Dow (GLAD) Employee Network, Lockheed Martin, and Walmart Foundation team with PFLAG National to demonstrate a strong commitment to students across the country who are making schools, communities, and their country, safer for all youth.
The program, now in its 15th year, awards more than $75,000 in scholarships each year, and each year the recipients become more diverse, as do the scholarships themselves. Some are general scholarships, while others look to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students and still others are geared toward supporting students who are the first in their family to go to college. You can see some of last year’s scholarship recipients in the Winter 2016 edition of our newsletter, the PFLAGPole and we will continue to profile them in The PFLAG Voice and on our website as well.
In addition to PFLAG National scholarships, many PFLAG chapters have scholarship programs as well. Students are eligible to receive scholarships from both their local chapter and PFLAG National, so we encourage you and the students you know to apply for both. Click here to find a list of scholarships offered by PFLAG chapters.
Eligibility Requirements for PFLAG National scholarships
You are a graduating senior entering higher education for the first time, this calendar year (if you graduated in the past year and took time off you are still eligible to apply).
Self identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer...or anywhere within the LGBTQ "family," or as an ally
Demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBTQ community
Have applied to an accredited U.S.higher education institution.Cannot be receiving full tuition remission from other sources to fund the education (e.g., other full-tuition scholarships, established college trust fund, etc.)
Remember: Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. All materials must be submitted by April 15th, 2016.