Scholarships


Campus GLBTQIA-Focused Scholarships

The GLBTQ Resource Center, the GLBT Alumni Chapter, the LGBT Studies Certificate Program and the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences sponsor annual scholarships for students in the CU GLBTQIA community. These scholarships are made available through many generous donors.

The deadline for the 2014-2015 scholarship applications is Friday April 25, 2014.

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  • LGBTQIA Scholarship Fund

    The LGBTQIA Scholarship Fund is a $2000 a year award ($1,000 per semester) for undergraduates who have a record of service in making CU-Boulder a more hospitable place for LGBTQIA people. Preference will be given to first year students who have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress. Applicants do not have to demonstrate financial need.


  • Positive Futures Scholarship

    The Positive Futures Scholarship is a $1500 academic-year award ($750 per semester) established to provide financial support to students whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    • Applicant must be enrolled full-time.
    • Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
    • Applicant must have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.

  • The Karen Raforth Scholarship

    The Karen Raforth Scholarship is a $1000 academic-year award ($1000 at beginning of the year) in the LGBT Studies Certificate Program. Named for Dr. Karen Raforth, who for years devoted her time and talent to the struggle of justice for GLBT faculty, staff and students at CU-Boulder. Applicants must demonstrate leadership and involvement with LBGT issues and community as well as other campus and community organizations. Applicants should be students who best exemplifies steadfastness, visibility and effectiveness in the quest for GLBT rights and the rights of all marginalized people. Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    • Must be enrolled full-time

  • GLBT Alumni Chapter Scholarship

    The GLBT Alumni Chapter sponsors $1,000 scholarships each year. They are funded each year by an endowment created by the GLBT Alumni Chapter of the University of Colorado at Boulder. These scholarships will go to academically outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who have a demonstrable record of helping to make the Boulder campus a better place for GLBT students, faculty and staff and/or a similar record within the Boulder community at large. The scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year will be awarded for meritorious service and academic achievement. Additional eligibility criteria:

    • Must be enrolled full-time
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    • Preference will be given to students who have completed at least one year at CU-Boulder and who will have at least one year to complete before graduation.

Local, State, & National GLBTQIA Scholarships

  • The Alexander Foundation: Applicants must be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, reside in Colorado and be accepted or enrolled in an accredited Colorado institution of higher education. The Applicant must also demonstrate financial need.

  • BATTELLE/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarships: These scholarships for LGBT or ally students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related fields. For more information, download the informational PDF.

  • The Kaiser Permanente Diversity Scholarship Program: This program was created as a community outreach effort to financially assist students pursuing an education for any career associated within health care. The scholarship program was established, and sponsored by Kaiser Permanente Multicultural Staff Associations. The hope is to eliminate health disparities, reduce the shortage of diverse health care professionals, and impact the future delivery of culturally competent care and service. Questions? Please email co-diversitydevelopment@kp.org or Andrea.N.Law@kp.org.

  • The Point Foundation: Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

  • The White Rose Scholarship: This foundation was created to award scholarships to ALL Colorado residents, enabling them to continue their college education. The money is donated directly to the schools with the stipulation that the scholarship award is to be used for tuition or to purchase textbooks. The eligibility criteria are that the applicant must reside in Colorado and attend an accredited higher learning institution.

Other Awards

  • Tito Torres Award 2014: The University of Colorado Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues welcomes nominations for the 2014 Tito Torres Award. Given annually to a student at the University of Colorado, the Tito Torres award honors a student who exemplifies the spirit of Tito Torres, a student whose passion and work for social justice inspired and uplifted many. Nomination forms are available here and are due by April 26, 2014 at 5pm to the GLBTQ Resource Center, 105 UCB, Center for Community N450, Boulder, CO 80309 or by email to Scarlet Bowen. If you have any questions please contact Scarlet Bowen at 303- 492-2966 or email at scarlet.bowen@colorado.edu
  • Joanne Arnold Award 2014:The University of Colorado Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues welcomes nominations for the 2014 Joanne Arnold Courage and Commitment Award. The award is given to a faculty, staff, alumnus/a, or community member who embodies the character and values of Dr. Arnold. Dr. Joanne Arnold, a professor and emerita, served as the inaugural chair of the Chancellor’s Committee and inspired many through charismatic leadership, tremendous courage, and unflagging optimism. Dr. Arnold was instrumental in climate change and positive progress for GLBTQ people in the University of Colorado community. Nomination forms are available here and are due by April 26, 2013 at 5pm to the GLBTQ Resource Center, 105 UCB, Center for Community N450, Boulder, CO 80309 or by email to Scarlet Bowen. If you have any questions please contact Scarlet Bowen at 303- 492-2966 or email at scarlet.bowen@colorado.edu

You can also contact us for more information or Scholarship Services at (303) 492-4533 for general scholarship information.

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