Academic Scholarships Available for LGBT Students, Straight Allies

The New Orleans Chapter of PFLAG is accepting applications for scholarships for the 2016-2017 school year. The scholarships recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender students and encourages their continuing education, while helping these students foster a positive image of LGBT people in society.

Most of the scholarships are $1,000, but some are for more, and there is one, four-year scholarship for $10,000. To be eligible, the applicant must: a) self-identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender; b) be 17 years old or older as of April 15, 2016; c) be a resident of Louisiana; and d) be planning to attend (or attending) a post-secondary educational institution. For the fourth year, the organization is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship referred to as “Straight for Equality.” Individuals who do not identify as LGBT but are advocates for and supportive of LGBT issues are eligible.

Applications and detailed information about the scholarships can be found at, or by sending an e-mail to The application must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2016, and supporting documents must be mailed and post-marked by the same date. All applicants will be notified of results by April 15, 2016. Recipients must be present at the awards ceremony to accept the scholarship in person. The ceremony is Saturday evening, May 7, 2016, at the Homer Hitt Alumni Center of the University of New Orleans.

For more information, contact Joe Melcher, PFLAG scholarship chair, at or 504.858.1698

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