The LGBTQ student empowerment organizations Campus Pride and Point Foundation have partnered up to create an online resource for LGBTQ students looking for financial aid for school.
The National LGBTQ Scholarship Database is a catalog of scholarships, grants and fellowships available to LGBTQ undergraduates and graduate students alike. The creators’ goal is to show LGBTQ students that there are ways to fund a college education, even if you think it’s outside your means.
“Everyone has a fundamental right to education,” Shane Windmeyer said in a statement. “For our LGBT youth, especially those who are first generation college students and those from low to middle income backgrounds, the dream of going to college is still a dream. This national database is another step toward creating greater accessibility to higher education for LGBT youth. There is much more work to be done.”
Jorge Valencia, the executive director of Point Foundation, which provides many LGBT and ally students with financial assistance, believes this initiative will raise awareness of options these students may have otherwise not knew existed.
“Every year we receive thousands of applications for our Point Foundation scholarships. These are young people hungry to invest in their future and help society by getting a college degree, but are in great need of financial assistance,” Valencia stated. “While Point is able to help some individuals, we are eager to raise awareness of other diverse higher education scholarships.”
Man, I wish this had existed when I was still in school. Spread the word!