Scholarships

Scholarships available to LGBTQ and allied students.

The Dawn Wilson Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Students of Color
Deadline: May 1


Established by alumnus Joey Feldman (Kent School of Social Work, 2010), the Dawn Wilson Scholarship will be awarded to subsidize the cost of higher education at the University of Louisville for undergraduate LGBTQ+ students of color. The amount of the scholarship will be determined by funds available at the time the scholarships are granted.

About the namesake: Dawn Wilson has been a social justice activist for 20 years in transgender civil rights and the intersection between transgender identity and other human rights issues. She organized the first Transgender Lobby Days event in 1995, helping train transgender people to lobby congress, and was the first chair of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition (NTAC) in 2000. Dawn has held leadership roles with the Fairness Campaign, the Council for Fairness and Individual Rights (C-FAIR), and the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission where she is currently serving as Education Chair. 


Qualifications: To apply you must meet the following qualifications: 
1. Plan to be seeking a degree at the University of Louisville in the upcoming academic year.
2. Identify as an undergraduate LGBTQ+ person of color.
3. Be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours. 

Application opens in January. To be considered for this scholarship fill out the form linked here and attach your essay document. All answers to essay questions are required, and should be numbered as they are listed below. Include your name and student ID number in your essay document. Applications submitted without complete information will not be reviewed. All students applying for university scholarships must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov

All essay questions are required, 500-750 words max.

1. What are your goals for your education?
2. What is your plan after you have completed your education?
3. What activities are you currently involved in? Be sure to highlight involvement that supports LGBTQ and/or communities of color. 
4. What has been your biggest personal, financial, or academic challenge?

 


 

Ken Terrill Memorial Award
Deadline: March 14

The College of Arts and Sciences  gives an annual award to a student who demonstrates leadership in the LGBTQ community, in memory of the late Ken Terrill, a professor of Theatre Arts from 1978 to 1994. The fund was established by his family, co-workers, students, and friends. This award is available to students university-wide.

Find more information about the Ken Terrill Memorial Award here: http://louisville.edu/artsandsciences/student

 


 

PFLAG of Louisville Scholarship
Deadline: February 28th


Louisville’s PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Chapter offers an annual scholarship to assist students with their post-secondary education. Qualifying applicants should:

  • Be a resident of Ketuckiana or be attending a post-secondary education institution in Kentucky.
  • Not have been awarded this scholarship in the past. Those who have applied and were not awarded the scholarship are encouraged to reapply.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student for the period of the scholarship.

The scholarship is a minimum of $500. The actual amount of the award may be more than $500 and multiple scholarships may be awarded.

Find more information about the PFLAG of Lousiville Scholarship at this website: http://www.pflaglouisville.org/PFLAG_Louisville/Home.html

 


 

The Brian Buford Endowed LGBT Alumni Scholarship
Deadline for scholarship: May 1

The scholarship will be provided to subsidize the cost of higher education at the University of Louisville. Our goal is to empower undergraduate LGBTQ+ students at UofL by connecting them with financial, organizational and personal development opportunities to improve themselves an, in turn, our community. The scholarship amount will be determined by funds and donations available at the time the scholarships are granted. The scholarship is a one-time award provided directly to the financial aid office of the University of Louisville.

Qualifications: To apply you must meet the following applications:

  • Plan to be seeking an undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville in the upcoming academic year.
  • Demonstrate support for the LGBTQ+ community. Applicants are not required to be LGBTQ+ but can be Allies.
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

Be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours at the University of Louisville

Application opens in January. To be considered for this scholarship fill out the form linked here and attach your essay document. All answers to essay questions are required, and should be numbered as they are listed below. Include your name and student ID number in your essay document. Applications submitted without complete information will not be reviewed. All students applying for university scholarships must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov 

All essay questions are required, 500-750 words max.

  1. What are your goals for your education?
  2. What is your plan after you have completed all of your education?
  3. What activities are you currently involved in? Be sure to highlight any LGBTQ+ involvement.
  4. How do you plan on giving back to the LGBTQ+ community in the future?
  5. What has been your biggest personal, financial, or academic challenge?

 



The Johnson-Campion Alumni Scholarship 
Deadline for scholarship:
 May 1

Established by graduate alumnus Paul Campion (College of Education, 1993) and his husband, Randy Johnson, the Johnson-Campion Scholarship will be awarded to subsidize the cost of higher education at the University of Louisville for students with strong financial need, with preference given to undergraduate students focused on advancing equal rights for the LGBTQ community. The amount of scholarship will be determined by funds available at the time the awards are granted, and will be managed by the LGBT Center at the University of Louisville. 

About the namesake: Paul Campion and Randy Johnson have been a couple since 1991 and were married in 2008, when gay marriage became legal in California, but their marriage was not recognized back home in Kentucky. As same-sex parents to their four adopted children, they were concerned about discriminatory laws that prevented them both from being legally recognized as parents, for example, if one of them died, the other had no rights to the children legally adopted in his partner's name. As a result, they joined three other Kentucky couples in a July 2013 lawsuit seeking recognition of their marriages by the state. Early in 2014, a federal judge ruled in their favor, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit struck down the ruling in November of 2014. By then, Paul and Randy had joined forces with the ACLU and other couples seeking marriage equality and were among six cases from four states that made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, which began hearing arguments in April of 2015 and in a landmark decision on June 26, 2015, ruled in favor of marriage equality.

Qualifications: To apply you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Plan to be seeking a degree at the University of Louisville in the upcoming academic year. 
  • Be enrolled for at least six credit hours.
  • Have a 3.35 minimum GPA.

Application opens in January. To be considered for this scholarship fill out the form linked here and attach your essay document. All answers to essay questions are required, and should be numbered as they are listed below. Include your name and student ID number in your essay document. Applications submitted without complete information will not be reviewed. All students applying for university scholarships must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fasfa.gov 

 All essay questions are required, 500-750 words max. 

  1. What are your goals for your education?
  2. What is your plan after you have completed all of your education? 
  3. What activities are you currently involved in? Be sure to highlight involvement that supports the LGBTQ community. 
  4. What has been your biggest personal, financial, or academic challenge? 

 

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University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

Phone:(502) 852-0696

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Email

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