Campus LGBTQIA-Focused Scholarships

The Gender and Sexuality 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 LGBTQIA community. These scholarships are made available through many generous donors.

The deadline for the 2017-2018 scholarship application is Friday April 28, 2017.

Check out College Resource Network LGBT Scholarships.

  • 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. To protect the privacy of scholarship winners, this award can be given anonymously. 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.
  • Joel Roger Wayne Scholarship

    The Joel Roger Wayne scholarship award is $1000 per year.  Joel Wayne established this scholarship in 1996 in an effort to ensure that talented GLBTQ students could complete their college degrees even when their families financially cut them off after disclosing their GLBTQ identities.  Joel believed that if he could help even one young GLBTQ student get through college he would have accomplished something meaningful in this world.  This scholarship is based on financial need but is not dependent on having or not having financial support from family members.

  • 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. Please apply here. 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 LGBTQIA 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. 
  • 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: The University of Colorado Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Gender and Sexuality welcomes nominations for the 2017 Tito Torres Award. Given annually to a student at the University of Colorado, the Tito Torres award honors, and awards $500, a student who exemplifies the spirit of Tito Torres.  Tito was a student whose passion and work for social justice inspired and uplifted many. Nomination forms are available here and are due by Friday, April 21, 2017, at 5pm to the Gender and Sexuality 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: The University of Colorado Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Gender and Sexuality welcomes nominations for the 2017 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 Friday, April 21, 2017 at 5pm to the Gender and Sexuality 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
  • Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship: The Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship was established by Everipedia, Inc. in 2017. It aims to increase awareness of minorities in STEM areas, along with the challenges they face around the world. Applicants, instead of writing an essay, will create a Wikipedia-style biography page for a person of their choice. A sample list of individuals will be provided, but applicants are free to chose their own. Our scholarship offers an award of $1000 and is open to all incoming and current college students. Must be a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school, or currently enrolled in a college / university. Must be fluent in English. Submissions with poor grammar will not be considered. If you have any questions please contact scholarships@everipedia.com

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