In addition to the National Scholarships Program, many PFLAG chapters have scholarship programs of their own. The following list is not exhaustive, but it lists some of the programs that are available through local chapters.
PFLAG Phoenix awards two scholarships each spring. The Boots & Ray Reed Scholarship (named for PFLAG Phoenix chapter founders Boots and Ray Reed) is a single $1,000 scholarship. Self-identified gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender (GLBT) youth, or a straight ally youth (i.e., a heterosexual youth who demonstrates outstanding direct support to GLBT youth and/or the GLBT community) and at least 16 years old as of May 1st are eligible. Applicants must reside in Arizona at the time of scholarship application and must plan to attend (or currently attend) a post-secondary educational institution. The Dowers Family Scholarship is also available under that same criteria. Either one $1,500 scholarship, two scholarships of $750, or three $500 scholarships will be awarded as determined each year by the Dowers family. Additional information is available on the PFLAG Phoenix website at http://www.pflagphoenix.org/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 LGBT students accepted to an institution of higher education. For more information see http://www.pflagtucson.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the chapter Vice President at email@example.com. 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 http://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 $2000 scholarships to attend two-year or four-year colleges or business/technical schools in the fall. Several 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 in 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: http://www.pflagsanjose.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 LGBT 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 http://www.pflaghartford.org/brill.html.
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 GLBT students or have demonstrated support or advocacy for the GLBT community. For more information go to the Pueblo Community College Foundation Web Site at: http://www.pueblocc.edu/ and select the “Foundation” link, or e-mail the chapter at PuebloPFLAG@yahoo.com.
This program has awarded over $80,000 to local students who self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender since it was founded in 1995. The 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 http://pflagjax.org/scholarship.html.
PFLAG Indianapolis offers one $500 scholarship for students accepted for enrollment by an institution of higher education or a vocational institution. The deadline for applications is July 15th each year, and the awards are made in September. Applicants must self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender, be graduating high school seniors or must hold a high school diploma or GED, and demonstrate an interest in service to the GLBT community. For more information, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PFLAG Lawrence/Topeka (Kansas) is awarding a $500 scholarship on May 30th to a LGBT individual or straight ally. The student must be a resident of Kansas, a graduating senior with plans to go to college. The application form may be downloaded from our web site: www.pflagnekansas.org. The application form, copy of Kansas drivers license or ID card, photo, 2 references and copy of high school transcript must be submitted by May 1st. This scholarship was made possible by a donation from the Washburn University School of Law, Gay Straight Legal Alliance in honor of the memory of Jason Dockins (1985-2008), a human rights advocate. Tragically, Jason's life ended too soon; however, his voice and message continue to live on through the many individuals he inspired to continue to advance the ideals for which he was a strong advocate, "all humans deserve rights...and gays and lesbians are asking for equal rights, not special rights."
This scholarship is intended to assist the applicant with their post-secondary education. Qualifying applicants should:
- Be a resident of Ketuckiana 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 http://pflaglouisville.org/PFLAG_Louisville/Scholarship.html.
PFLAG New Orleans
PFLAG New Orleans's website (http://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, transgendered (LGBT) and straight ally students. This scholarship aims to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education for self-identified LGBT and straight allies and foster a positive image of LGBT young adults in society. Application packets, with outlined eligibility criteria, can be found on the PFLAG Howard County website at: http://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 GLBT 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 GLBT issues. Applicants need not identify as GLBT, but must work in areas that are related to the GLBT 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 31. For more information please see http://www.pflagdetroit.org/.
PFLAG Santa Fe
PFLAG Santa Fe began a scholarship program in 1997. Last year 23 scholarships of $1000 each were awarded to deserving GLBT 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: http://pflagsantafe.org/scholarship-fund/.
PFLAG New York City
Since 2001, The Richard Ashworth and Robert Benov Memorial Scholarship has been offered to LGBT students graduating from New York City High Schools and entering college or University. More information can be found at www.pflagnyc.org.
PFLAG Salisbury/Rowan will award two (2) $1000 scholarships each spring. The first scholarship is the Anne Stanback-Charlotte Kinlock Scholarship, awarded to a GLBT 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. You can get the scholarship application online at www.salisbury-pflag.org.
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 GLBT or a straight ally. The applicant must demonstrate service to the LGBT community or a desire to serve the LGBT 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 $100,000 in scholarships to over 80 talented and deserving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and straight-supportive college students. Information on the program and application forms are available on athttp://www.pflagcinci.org/. 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 1st, and have proven record of positive involvement with the GLBT community. Applicants must not be a prior winner of this award and must submit an application with required supporting materials.
Applications for the 2011 PFLAG Dayton and Greater Dayton LGBT Center Scholarships are now available. Again this year PFLAG Dayton will award one $2,000 scholarship to an LGBT student and one $2,000 scholarship to a straight ally. This year the Greater Dayton LGBT Center has asked the PFLAG Dayton Scholarship Committee to administer an additional $1,000 scholarship for an LGBT student. In total, there are now three (3) scholarships available for qualified students -- one for a straight ally for $2,000, and two for LGBT students, one for $2,000 and one for $1,000. LGBT students may apply for both the PFLAG and the LGBT Center scholarships, but can only be awarded one or the other. Paperwork that includes qualifying requirements, as well as the application and referral form can be downloaded at: http://www.pflagdayton.org/scholarship/scholarship-11.pdf
Two scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors in the amount of $500 and $250. Applicants must write an essay on, "Tolerance in Their Community." Because of the generosity of a member who recently passed away, we named the fund The Liz Rochester Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information and to download an application form, go to http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=276172477593.
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 http://www.pflagnorman.org/education.html.
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: http://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 entering college for the 2010 /2011 academic year. Applications are due in June. Winners are announced in August. To apply, e-mail email@example.com.
PFLAG Richmond, VA sponsors an annual scholarship designed to foster activism and advocacy for and within the LGBT communities. This scholarship is open to LGBT and allied youth within Virginia, ages 16-24, currently enrolled in or plan to attend an accredited institution of higher learning. We presume academic qualifications are in place, therefore our focus is on the extracurricular activities of the candidates, particularly as this applies to working for equality for LGBT people. Scholarship amount is $500. Deadline for applications is May 1st. Scholarships are presented at our July meeting. Additional details and scholarship applications can be found on our website, www.pflagofrichmond.org.
GLBT and straight allies may apply for PFLAG Bellevue's scholarship program through http://www.pridefoundation.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.