PFLAG is the extended family of the LGBTQ community. We're made up of LGBTQ individuals, family members and allies. Because together, we're stronger.
In addition to the National Scholarships Program, many PFLAG chapters have scholarship programs of their own. The following is not an exhaustive list, but includes some of the programs that are available through our chapter network.
This program is named in honor of Boots and Ray Reed who were one of the founders of our chapter. We offer our scholarship(s) to students who are every color of the diversity rainbow and straight allies who have had direct support in our community. Applicants must reside in Arizona and must be enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited post-secondary educational institution. All criteria are in our application form, which can be seen on our website at www.pflagphoenix.org. From the main page, click on the button on the right-hand side of the page which says “Our Chapter”, and from that page, scroll down to “Scholarships”.
PFLAG Tucson founded the Eugene Moore Memorial Scholarships in 2003. Each year the fund offers several $1,000 scholarships. The number of scholarships offered has increased each year and is dependent upon the amount donated to the fund. Scholarships are available to LGBTQ students accepted to an institution of higher education. For more information see www.pflagtucson.org/.
PFLAG Napa invites all students, who have demonstrated outstanding support for the LGBT community at their school or in the community at large, to apply for a scholarship funded through the Rykken/Scull LGBT Memorial Fund. Students are eligible to apply if they are a high school seniors anticipating graduation in 2017 and are planning to enroll in a university or college, technical school, performing arts school or art college. Persons who have graduated prior to 2017 or students currently attending one of the above-mentioned institutions are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must be residents of Marin, Mendicino, Napa, or Sonoma Counties. Awards will made to selected individuals. Application deadline is March 1. For an application contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call (707) 681-1477, or visit pflagnapa.org.
PFLAG Sacramento awards $1,000 scholarships each spring. Known as the Follensbee Scholarship (named for PFLAG Sacramento chapter founders Rev. and Mrs. Merrill Follensbee), graduating high school seniors from the Sacramento area who will attend college in the fall are eligible. In addition, applicants must identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender. Application packets are available by contacting the chapter at email@example.com or the chapter Vice President at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is in early May each year.
PFLAG San Diego
PFLAG San Diego County offers four $1,000 scholarships to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth. Applicants must reside in San Diego County, or attend a school in San Diego County. Information about this scholarship program can be found at www.pflag.com/.
PFLAG San Jose/Peninsula
Seniors attending high school or residing in San Mateo or Santa Clara counties are invited to apply for $3000.00 scholarships to attend two-year or four-year colleges or business/technical schools in the fall. Up to eight scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors of any gender identity or sexual orientation, whose history, activities and personal plans demonstrate support for justice and equality for the GLBTQQ community. Generally, applications are available in late January, and the deadline for submission is late March. Winners are notified in mid-April, and they are celebrated at a chapter meeting in early May. Information and applications are available on the chapter website: www.pflagsanjose.org.
PFLAG Santa Rosa
PFLAG Santa Rosa invites all students, who have demonstrated outstanding support for the LGBT community at their school or in the community at large, to apply for a scholarship funded through the Rykken/Scull LGBT Memorial Fund. Students are eligible to apply if they are a high school seniors anticipating graduation in 2017 and are planning to enroll in a university or college, technical school, performing arts school or art college. Persons who have graduated prior to 2017 or students currently attending one of the above-mentioned institutions are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must be residents of Marin, Mendicino, Napa, or Sonoma Counties. Awards will made to selected individuals. Application deadline is March 1. For an application contact email@example.com, call (707) 681-1477, or visit pflagnapa.org.
PFLAG South Orange County
Outstanding graduating high school seniors and college/vocational students are encouraged to apply for the 2017 scholarships offered through PFLAG South Orange County. Monetary awards of up to $2,500.00 are available to residents (or children of residents) of Orange County between the ages of 17-24 who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, or queer/questioning, and to straight allies who have directly supported LGBTQI youth and/or the LGBTQI community. Application deadline is May 12th. For more information, including requirements for eligibility and the application, visit the chapter scholarship page.
PFLAG Ukiah invites all students, who have demonstrated outstanding support for the LGBT community at their school or in the community at large, to apply for a scholarship funded through the Rykken/Scull LGBT Memorial Fund. Students are eligible to apply if they are a high school seniors anticipating graduation in 2017 and are planning to enroll in a university or college, technical school, performing arts school or art college. Persons who have graduated prior to 2017 or students currently attending one of the above-mentioned institutions are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must be residents of Marin, Mendicino, Napa, or Sonoma Counties. Awards will made to selected individuals. Application deadline is March 1. For an application contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call (707) 681-1477, or visit pflagnapa.org.
The Brill Scholarships are named for Bob and Helen Brill, who co-founded PFLAG Hartford in 1981. Awarded annually, these scholarships are a joint project of True Colors and PFLAG Hartford. They are open to Connecticut students who are age 16-21, allies or members of the LGBTQ community, are involved in support, education and/or advocacy in their school or community, and are attending or planning to attend a post-secondary higher education institution. Application and more information can be found at www.pflaghartford.org/brill.html.
Our goal is to recognize, assist, and encourage young people who have demonstrated outstanding, direct support to the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community and advocated equality for all. PFLAG Denver will award one or more $1,000.00 scholarships annually to exceptional Colorado high school students, as well as first- and second-year Colorado college students, with the expectation that they will continue to create meaningful change on their campuses and in their communities. The purpose of these scholarships is to reward outstanding LGBTQ students and straight allies, to encourage them to continue and complete post-secondary education, and to promote a positive image of LGBTQ youth. PFLAG Denver's scholarship application is available at www.pflagdenver.org/scholarship-header/scholarship-application/.
Three scholarships of $250/semester are offered from PFLAG Pueblo (often with a summer offering if recipients attend summer school). The scholarships are offered through the Pueblo and Fremont campuses of Pueblo Community College. Recipients must be LGBTQ students or have demonstrated support or advocacy for the LGBTQ community. For more information go to the Pueblo Community College Foundation Web Site at: www.pueblocc.edu/ and select the “Foundation” link, or email the chapter at PuebloPFLAG@yahoo.com.
This program has awarded over $250,000 to local students who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender since it was founded in 1995. The $2,000 individual scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students, and awardees can re-apply in subsequent years. For more information, check the PFLAG Jacksonville website at pflagjax.org/scholarship.html.
In 2016 The Sandy Lane Scholarship was born. With help from generous donors we are able to offer a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 to a graduating senior. This scholarship will reward an outstanding LGBTQ student or straight ally and encourage them to pursue post-secondary education. Find out more at http://pflagblairsville.org/scholarship/.
PFLAG Indianapolis offers two scholarships annually. Applicants must be Indiana residents accepted for enrollment by any accredited institution of higher education or vocational institution. Scholarships are available for post-graduate studies. The deadline for applications is July 1st each year, and the scholarships are awarded at the Indy PFLAG support meeting held the first Monday of August. The Betty Salwak Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 is awarded to a deserving LGBT student. Applicants must self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, be graduating high school seniors or hold a high school diploma or GED, and demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community. The Dina Wakulchic Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 is awarded to a deserving student who self-identifies as an ally of LGBT, be graduating high school seniors or hold a high school diploma or GED, and demonstrate an interest in service to the LGBT community. For more information about either of these scholarships or to apply, visit www.indypflag.org/scholarships.html.
This scholarship is intended to assist the applicant with their post-secondary education. Qualifying applicants should:
Be a resident of Kentucky or be attending a post-secondary education institution in Kentucky.
Not have been awarded this scholarship in the past. Those who have applied and were not awarded the scholarship are encouraged to re-apply.
Be enrolled as a full-time student for the period of the scholarship.
For more information, please visit the PFLAG Louisville website at pflaglouisville.org/PFLAG_Louisville/Scholarship.html.
PFLAG New Orleans
PFLAG New Orleans's website (www.pflagno.org/) has a link to the requirements, application form, contact information, etc. The program provides approximately twenty-five scholarships a year, each a minimum of $1,000. Applicants must be Louisiana residents. Students from other states attending a Louisiana school are not eligible unless they have previously established residency in Louisiana.
PFLAG Howard County
PFLAG Howard County offers one $2000 scholarship each spring to recognize outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBTQ) and straight ally students. This scholarship aims to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education for self-identified LGBTQ and straight allies and foster a positive image of LGBTQ young adults in society. Application packets, with outlined eligibility criteria, can be found on the PFLAG Howard County website at: www.pflagmd.org/.
PFLAG Greater Boston
The PFLAG Greater Boston scholarship program was founded in 1998 and awards $10,000 in scholarships to Massachusetts high school students who will be attending: a 4-year, 2-year college or a technical/vocational school each year. There are three scholarships, one awarded for $5,000. The scholarships are awarded based upon an essay and involvement in a high school GSA or in a community-based LGBTQ youth organization. Awards are not based on grades or financial need. For more information please visit the chapter's website at www.gbpflag.org/education/scholarships.
PFLAG Detroit offers three $500 scholarships to college students who are connected directly with LGBTQ issues. Applicants need not identify as GLBT, but must work in areas that are related to the LGBTQ community. Applicants must complete an application form, the deadline for which is May 31st. Applications are screened by the Scholarship Committee and awards are made by July 31st. For more information please see www.pflagdetroit.org/.
Purpose of the scholarship is to recognize outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied high school seniors and post-secondary students, to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education for self-identified LGBT and allied students, and to foster a positive image of the LGBT community. To be eligible for a PFLAG Omaha Scholarship, applicants must be a graduating high school senior or pursuing a first bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree or a vocational training degree; not received this scholarship in a previous year; self-identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or as an ally who supports LGBT individuals or groups and supports equality for all; a resident of the state of Nebraska or Western Iowa; applying to attend a post-secondary educational institution during the next academic year; and interested in service to the LGBT community. Apply at http://pflag-omaha.org/scholarships/.
PFLAG Santa Fe
PFLAG Santa Fe began a scholarship program in 1997. Last year 23 scholarships of $1000 each were awarded to deserving LGBTQ persons in Northern New Mexico, including Albuquerque. The scholarships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students, and awardees can re-apply in subsequent years. Recipients must identify openly as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender and demonstrate a history of community/school service and leadership. Letters of recommendation from school officials are required. More information may be obtained from the chapter website: pflagsantafe.org/scholarship-fund/.
PFLAG Salisbury/Rowan will award two (2) $1000 scholarships each spring. The first scholarship is the Anne Stanback-Charlotte Kinlock Scholarship, awarded to a LGBTQ student. The recipient must be a student from Rowan County. Named for Anne Stanback, a Salisbury/Rowan County native and her partner of 24 years, Charlotte Kinlock. Anne is the Executive Director of Love Makes A Family in Hartford, CT and lobbies diligently for marriage equality. The second scholarship is the PFLAG Salisbury/Rowan Founder's Scholarship, named in honor of the founder of the chapter, Michael Clawson. This scholarship will be awarded to a straight ally student from Rowan County. Download the scholarship packet.
PFLAG Greensboro has established the Carter Stroupe Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually in the spring. An applicant must be a resident of Guilford, Rockingham, Randolph, or Alamance County in North Carolina and must be either a student who is LGBTQ or a straight ally. The applicant must demonstrate service to the LGBTQ community or a desire to serve the LGBTQ community. The applicant must be a high school senior or an undergraduate college student. The application is available online at www.pflaggreensboro.org.
PFLAG Cincinnati has an extensive scholarship program. Since the program's inception in 1992, PFLAG Cincinnati has awarded over $125,000 in scholarships to over 100 talented and deserving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight-supportive college students. Information on the program and application forms are available at www.pflagcinci.org/scholarship. The awards are for higher education but students may apply while still in high school. Applicants must be a resident of or attending college in the Greater Cincinnati area, be 17 years old by April 18th, and have proven record of positive involvement with the LGBTQ community. Applicants must not be a prior winner of this award and must submit an application with required supporting materials.
PFLAG Dayton will award one $2,000 scholarship to an LGBTQ student and one $2,000 scholarship to a straight ally. This year the Greater Dayton LGBTQ Center has asked the PFLAG Dayton Scholarship Committee to administer an additional $1,000 scholarship for an LGBTQ student. In total, there are now three (3) scholarships available for qualified students -- one for a straight ally for $2,000, and two for LGBTQ students, one for $2,000 and one for $1,000. LGBTQ students may apply for both the PFLAG and the LGBTQ Center scholarships, but can only be awarded one or the other. For more information, go to pflagdayton.org/scholarship/PFLAGscholarship2014.pdf
The PFLAG Norman Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship presented to an outstanding Norman Public School graduating senior who is an active participant of a Gay Straight Alliance and whose goal it is to attend college or another educational institution. For more information please visit the chapter website www.pflagnorman.org/education.html.
PFLAG Spartanburg offers two $1000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors entering an institute of higher education. These scholarships are for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or ally students demonstrating an interest in service to and/or support of the LGBTQ community. For more information see www.pflagspartanburg.org.
The scholarships in the Houston area are awarded by the PFLAG/HATCH Youth Scholarship Foundation (HATCH stands for Houston Area Teen Coalition of Homosexuals). Students must be between the ages of 17 and 23 and must either live in or attend a college in the Houston area. Amounts range from $2,000 over 2 years to $10,000 over 4 years. Deadline is May 1 each year and awards are presented in person at the July meeting of PFLAG Houston. For more information, please visit the website at: www.physf.org/
PFLAG Salt Lake City
PFLAG Salt Lake City is excited to present $1000 scholarships to five (5) matriculated college students and/or high school graduates. Applications are due in June. Winners are announced in August. To apply, email email@example.com.
LGBTQ and straight allies may apply for PFLAG Bellevue's scholarship program through www.pflagbellevue.org/. Students qualifying as seniors in Bellevue's service area will be forwarded by the Pride Foundation to PFLAG Bellevue for review. Depending upon the number, need, and strength of applications, the scholarship amount varies from $500 to $1,500.