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Youth Scholarship Program

The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Scholarship Program offers financial support for selected LGBTQ+ students and their allies who are or will be pursuing a post-secondary education. The program grants scholarships to students who have shown strong promise and potential but might not otherwise complete their educational goals without financial support.

Academic merit, extracurricular activities, community involvement, personal narrative, and financial need are considered in the selection process. The program aligns with the Center’s mission by helping to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ students to reach their full potential as we strive to break down barriers to educational opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Selection Process

Scholarship recipients are evaluated and selected by a scholarship committee that includes the grantor, Center staff, and community members. Applicants will be evaluated on the information furnished by their academic transcript, testimony of their scholarly excellence and skills through letters of recommendation, financial need, and any reinforcing narrative provided in the essays.

Evaluations will begin one week after the application period has closed. Selected recipients will be notified and contacted via email on April 30, 2024.


To ensure your best work in preparing your application, we recommend that you consult all the resources available to you. If in high school, you may wish to consult your parents, a guidance counselor, a community mentor, and/or any teacher who has been particularly supportive of your development. The same applies to current college/university students, though you may also consider consulting staff in your institution’s financial aid and awards office, or another person familiar with your schoolwork or employment record.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduating senior (with either a high school diploma or GED) or already enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • A copy of your college acceptance letter or proof of current enrollment for Fall 2024.
  • Two letters of recommendation (from teachers, counselors, principles, mentors, etc.)

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