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Scholarships: The Queer Scholars Program

The Queer Foundation Effective Writing and Scholarships Program provides, nationwide, $1,000 college scholarships to outstanding LGBTQA high school students, winners of an annual essay contest to promote queer studies to improve the educational situation of queer youth. Collected, the essays form queer-the-curriculum materials for use in high schools to benefit all LGBTQA students.

Competing in the essay contest gives academically talented LGBTQA students another means and reason to be out and proud members of their communities—small or large—and to recognize that sexual minority status is seen as a plus.


Scholarships enable LGBTQA youth, by means of their studies and effective writing, to contribute to building a stable future for queer youth through business/community involvement and self-directed improvement.

How Are Queer Scholars Selected?

Successful gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals and their friends volunteering their time identify and coach talented and academically gifted queer youth in writing an essay dealing with the announced theme. Their friends can also submit essays. A panel of judges will evaluate the essays. Authors of winning essays will be invited to an interview and, upon passing the interview and reference check, will be awarded $1,000 scholarships to the U.S. college or university of their choice.

What Support Do Queer Scholars Receive and What Is Expected of Them?

Queer Scholars receive, as needed, mentoring, academic advising, and tutoring to enable them to succeed in their studies. In return they are expected to (a) maintain a suitable grade point average as determined by the college or university, (b) practice self care, and (c) give back to the community through doing community service, authoring queer studies papers, and/or mentoring high school or other college students. There is, however, no required check-in or report back.