PFLAG FYI: PFLAG National Scholarship Program

Issue 28: January 2009

PFLAG National Scholarship Program

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On December 5, PFLAG entered the sixth year of its National Scholarship Program. This year there will be up to three $5000, three $2500, and ten $1000 scholarships awarded. The Scholarship program is a critical component of our newly launched Cultivating Respect Safe Schools Program by rewarding hard work and leadership in the next generation. PFLAG’s local and national scholarships are one of the many ways PFLAG supports LGBT and ally youth. In the last six years we have awarded over $150,000 in scholarship money to more than 115 students. Our hope is to reach out to students and demonstrate our commitment to their education and the critical work they do to make their schools and communities a better place. Support the students in your community by encouraging them to apply for the PFLAG Scholarship Program.

Read all about the PFLAG National Scholarship Program including eligibility requirements and examples of past winners.

Many PFLAG chapters have scholarship programs as well. Students are eligible to receive scholarships from both their local chapter and the national office so encourage students you know to apply for both. Review the list of local scholarships by clicking here.

The scholarship program is a key component of our safe schools program, Cultivating Respect. It is an opportunity to reach out to young people and acknowledge their role in building our community. What better way to show our commitment to students than to provide support for role models and pioneers around the country that are making schools safer for all students? Make sure you educate yourself on the rules and requirements of the scholarship so that you can answer questions and assist students who want to apply. The following are answers to common questions about the scholarship:

The scholarships are open to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students as well as straight ally students who have made an effort to further LGBT equality in their school or community.

Students must be graduating seniors and entering higher education institutions in the fall of 2009 (if they graduated last year and took a year off they are still eligible).

There is one application for all scholarship awards.

Applicants may apply online but will need to mail in a signed release form, one reference and transcript to complete the application.

All applications must be post-marked by March 13, 2009.

The PFLAG National scholarship program is an excellent opportunity to both recognize these future leaders and to get your chapter’s name out in the community. Promote the scholarship program with students, parents, counselors, teachers and gay-straight alliance (GSA) sponsors. Let students know we care about them and we support them in their work in the LGBT community and in their education.

Honor a scholarship winner at a PFLAG meeting or event.

Find opportunities to talk about the work these young people are doing to change the climate in schools. Tell their story to illustrate a point.

If there is a GSA at your local school – call the advisor and thank them for sponsoring it. Let them know about this year’s scholarships.

Invite students to march with PFLAG at local Pride events.

Schedule a visit with your school’s counselor and financial aid advisor, and let them know about this opportunity.

Post flyers in coffee shops, LGBT Community Centers, libraries and places students go in your neighborhood. You can download copies of the flyer from our web site, or contact Suzanne Greenfield at, or call (202) 467-8180 ext. 219 for flyers.

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