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Finding Scholarships as a Queer Woman of Color

trinice mcnallyPost submitted by Trinice McNally, HRC Foundation Intern

As a Queer woman of Color who is not originally from the United States I have found it difficult to find college scholarships or grants for which I am eligible. Further, attending an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) has also limited my scholarship opportunities. LGBTQ students are often marginalized - I have applied for scholarships knowing that I met or exceeded the qualifications, yet was never seriously considered. Fortunately I discovered HRC’s database of scholarships available to LGBTQA students. One scholarship stood out – One Daytona was offering scholarships to out LGBT students who attend college or vocational school in Volusia or Flagler counties (FL). My school, Bethune Cookman University, is in Volusia County so I emailed for more information.  A quick response encouraged me to apply and I did - & later learned that not only had I won a scholarship, but it was the highest amount available. As a graduate student the $1,000 will cover my book expenses in my last semester at B-CU. As the Gay-Straight Alliance founder and advisor on my campus, I will definitely encourage students to apply. There are still obstacles as a young LGBTQ  advocate, but I offer others in my position hope to know that where there is a will, there is always a way.

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