Local PFLAG Scholarship Programs

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

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
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 Little Rock
PFLAG Little Rock founded the PFLAG Pride Scholarship in 2015. Each year the fund hopes to offer at least one $500 scholarship. The number of scholarships offered is dependent upon the amount donated to the fund. Scholarships are available to LGBT and Ally students accepted to an Arkansas institution of higher education. For more information see www.centralarkansaspride.com.


PFLAG Napa invites all students, who have demonstrated outstanding support forthe 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 2016 and are planning to enroll in a university or college, technical school, performing arts school or art college. Persons who have graduated prior to 2016 or students currently attending one of the above-mentioned institutions arealso encouraged to apply. Applicants must be residents of Napa County. See http://pflagnapa.org/scholarships/ for more information.

PFLAG Sacramento
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 contact@pflagsacramento.org or the chapter Vice President at npbarth@earthlink.net. 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 $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: http://www.pflagsanjose.org

PFLAG Hartford

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.

PFLAG Denver
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 http://www.pflagdenver.org/scholarship-header/scholarship-application/.

PFLAG Pueblo
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.

PFLAG Jacksonville

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 http://pflagjax.org/scholarship.html.

PFLAG Indianapolis

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 info@indypflag.org.

PFLAG Louisville

This scholarship is intended to assist the applicant with their post-secondary education. Qualifying applicants should:

  • Be a resident of Ketucky 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 Greater Boston PFLAG Elsie Frank scholarship program was founded in 1998 and awards a total of $15,000 in scholarships (annually) to Massachusetts high school seniors who will be attending a 4-year, 2-year college or a technical/vocational school after graduation. The scholarships are awarded based upon an essay and demonstrated leadership in improving one’s school and/or community climate for LGBTQ youth. Awards are not based on grades or financial need. For more information please visit the chapter's website at www.gbpflag.org/Scholarships.

PFLAG Detroit

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/.

New Mexico
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/.

North Carolina
PFLAG Salisbury/Rowan
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
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

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 on at http://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 GLBT community. Applicants must not be a prior winner of this award and must submit an application with required supporting materials.

PFLAG Dayton
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. For more information, go to http://pflagdayton.org/scholarship/PFLAGscholarship2014.pdf 

PFLAG Norman

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.

South Carolina
PFLAG Spartanburg

PFLAG Spartanburg offers two $500 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 LGBT community. For more information see http://pflagupstatesc.org/spartanburg.htm.

PFLAG Houston

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. Applications are due in June. Winners are announced in August. To apply, e-mail slcpflag@gmail.com.

PFLAG Richmond

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.

PFLAG Bellevue
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.