LGBTQ+ Scholarships

MSUM offers a Rainbow scholarship for LGBTQ+ current and incoming students. Students can apply for university scholarships through the online scholarship application October 1-February 1. Outside MSUM scholarships are also listed below.

MSUM students who identify as LGBTQ+, and leadership or serve in the LGBTQ+ community are eligible for this scholarship.

The LGBTQ+ Rainbow Endowed Scholarship was founded in 1999 by Minnesota State University Moorhead alumni, faculty and staff. The endowment recognizes students’ affirmation of LGBTQ+ identity and encourages service and leadership to the LGBTQ+ community.

Attach a 250-500 word essay describing your service to or leadership in the LGBTQ+ community within the past two years.

  • Stonewall Community Scholarship
    Eligibility: The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship was established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker to encourage and support LGBTQ women in their pursuit of higher education. Scholarships for those graduating high school or already enrolled in college in any year of study, including graduate school. Scholarships are paid directly to the recipient’s school and are applied toward tuition. Applications are judged on: academic achievement, outstanding community service, and leadership commitment to impacting LGBTQ issues.
  • National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association - Kay Longcope Scholarship Award
    Eligibility: Current or incoming undergraduate students enrolled in a U.S. community college or four-year university. Current or incoming graduate students enrolled in an accredited journalism or mass communication field. Applicants must be an LGBTQ individual of color planning to pursue a career in journalism and be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession.
  • National Association of Gay & Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
    Eligibility: Successful completion of a minimum of two years of post-high school education at an accredited college or university. Maintenance of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the entirety of college/university enrollment. A declared major in an accredited STEM or STEM-related teaching field. Be an active supporter of and participant in programs or organizations that promote LGBTQ inclusion and visibility.
  • American Atheists Chinn Scholarships
    Eligibility: Successful completion of a minimum of two years of post-high school education at an accredited college or university. Maintenance of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the entirety of college/university enrollment. A declared major in an accredited STEM or STEM-related teaching field. Be an active supporter of and participant in programs or organizations that promote LGBTQ inclusion and visibility. Students must be eligible for fall term registration and must not be under disciplinary sanction. High school seniors or current college students, full-time graduate and law school students. Applicants must be atheists. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Better Brothers LA Book Scholarship
    Eligibility: Having tuition paid is challenge enough for any student, but not having all the right materials on the first day of class hinders many students from starting a successful educational journey. Better Brothers LA assists Black LGBTQ youth with avoiding this hindrance by offering book scholarships.
  • My First Blush LGBTQ Leadership Scholarship
    Eligibility: The LGBTQ Leadership Scholarship by My First Blush is a grant available for LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally) honors students who have taken action to support or advance the rights of the LGBTQ community.
  • Simpli Pleasure Scholarship
    The LGBT Rights Scholarship provided by Simpli Pleasure honors students courage in the face of adversity and discrimination by individual grants to LGBTQIA activists who have transformed their experiences with bigotry and discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, building community, and working to change the systems and institutions that impact their lives.
  • Voice of my People - Papel Family Trust Scholarship
    Voice of My People Scholarship Grants support students committed to social justice who are making strides in creating a more fair and just world.
  • Bee’s Fund – Grant
    Grants awarded to help young women that have lost family support because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in becoming self-sufficient.
  • Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award
    Applicants must be planning to pursue a career in journalism, be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession. Selection will be based on journalistic and scholastic ability. Applicants also must demonstrate an awareness of the issues facing the LGBTQ community and the importance of fair and accurate news coverage.
  • Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation Scholarship
    The purpose of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Foundation Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in high school, undergraduate, graduate or professional school or trade or vocational school who express activism in the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) and/or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.
  • Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ+STEM Students
    NOGLSTP established the Out To Innovate Scholarships for LGBTQ STEM students which are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ community.
  • Gamma Foundation Scholarship
    Scholarship for gay male students who are under the age of 35.
  • Scholarships.com List of Scholarships for Gay or Lesbian Students
    Listing of numerous scholarships available to gay or lesbian college students.
  • Point Foundation Scholarship
  • Human Rights Campaign Minnesota Scholarships
  • Human Rights Campaign National Scholarships
  • STDcheck.com HIV-Positive Scholarship
  • LGBT Liberation Scholarship
  • PFund Foundation Scholarship
  • Gayborhood Scholarship
  • College Resource Network