When you start your college search, Campus Pride is an excellent resource for LGBTQ+ students. They have a map of LGBTQ+ resources for each college campus, a database of scholarships, links to resources and events, and a ranking of the most LGBTQ+-friendly campuses.
Many schools have thriving LGBTQ+ communities on campus. Check out the websites of the colleges you’re interested in. Look for pages in the “Student Life” or “Campus Life” sections that will tell you about LGBTQ+ clubs, organizations, and resources on campus. Here are some local examples of campus LGBTQ+ centers to get you started: Temple University, CCP, Lehigh University, and Villanova University.
There are lots of scholarships available to LGBTQ+ youth. While you should not feel excluded from other types of scholarships, LGBTQ+-specific scholarships are a great way to find support in a community that you identify with.
For a list of LGBTQ+ scholarships organized state-by-state, check out the Human Rights Campaign.
This Ultimate Guide to College Resources for LGBTQ+ students features scholarships, grants, and much more.
The following organizations offer national scholarships for LGBTQ+ students. Check out their websites to see if you are eligible.
- Point Foundation
- Stonewall Community Foundation Scholarships
- Bold.org scholarships are often smaller, one-time only awards, but the application process is quick and there is generally not a GPA requirement. Check out their ongoing offerings for LGBTQ+ students.
The Attic Youth Center is a Philadelphia resource for LGBTQ youth. The Center provides a variety of youth programming like a life skills center, mental health counseling, and social events to bring LGBTQ youth together in a safe and open environment.
The William Way LGBT Community Center serves the LGBTQIA+ community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year. From social groups, networking events, and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovative programs for the LGBTQIA+ communities throughout Greater Philadelphia.
The Out4STEM program is an after-school internship that aims to provide Philadelphia’s LGBTQIA youth with healthcare and STEM-oriented instruction, mentorship, academic support, and college/career preparation in an inclusive, safe space.