OUT Maine Scholarship Fund

Application Deadline October 31st, 2022

Questions? Email scholarship@outmaine.org

Purpose

The OUT Maine Scholarship Fund provides renewable support for LGBTQ+ youth in pursuit of post-secondary education at an accredited, not-for-profit, non-sectarian college, university, or technical/vocational college in the United States. Applicants must demonstrate a financial need.

Scholarships are varied in size from $1,000 to $25,000 annually, depending on a student’s financial need and application. The applicant may be asked to meet with a representative of OUT Maine to discuss the application.

  • Terms of the Award: Needs-based scholarship available to a young person in the LGBTQ+ Community.
  • Renewable annually based on meeting requirements
  • 2.8 GPA (maintained throughout education)
  • Monthly engagement with OUT Maine (either through Queer Futures or direct with OUT Maine staff representative)

    Eligibility

    Applicants for the OUT Maine Scholarship Program must be an LGBTQ+ Maine resident between ages 17 and 22 planning to attend or currently attending an accredited post-secondary institution or technical vocational/trade school with a demonstrated financial need. The preferred applicant’s cumulative GPA would be at least 2.8 (4.00 scale). However, we encourage any LGBTQ+ young person to apply regardless of GPA. Applicants in underserved Maine communities and first-generation college students will receive preferential consideration.

    OUT Maine wants to foster an ongoing supportive relationship with the recipient as a helpful tool for post-secondary success. If awarded, the applicant must engage in OUT Maine’s Queer Futures group or check in with an assigned staff person monthly during the term of the scholarship agreement. Current involvement in OUT Maine youth groups is not required.

    Through its scholarship, OUT Maine supports all students regardless of their race, age, ancestry or national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, or geographical region within the state of Maine.

    Application Requirements

    • Resident of Maine at time of application. A copy of the applicant’s current state driver’s license or state ID must be submitted with a scholarship application.¬†
    • Completed application
    • Two letters of recommendation (teacher, peer or trusted adult that is over the age of 18)
    • Unofficial High School transcript or college transcript¬†
    • Student Aid Report from the FAFSA*
    • A copy of your financial aid award letter from college or university

    *We will waive the FAFSA requirement for those students unable to submit a FAFSA because of visa or immigration status.

    Preferential considerations

    • Financial need
    • Youth living in underserved regions of Maine
    • First generation college

    Apply for the Scholarship

    Have the following ready before you apply

    • A pdf or image file of your current state driver’s license or state ID.
    • A pdf or image file of your unofficial High School transcript or college transcript.
    • A pdf or image file of your Student Aid Report from the FAFSA*
    • A pdf or image file of your financial aid award letter from the college or university
    • The essay as a pdf or Microsoft Word document (see below for criteria)
    • Names and emails of your references. After you fill out the form, you will be sent a link to share with two references.

    *We will waive the FAFSA requirement for those students unable to submit a FAFSA because of visa or immigration status.

    Essay

    This must be a PDF or Microsoft Word format. Do not send as an image file.

    Essay questions (500 words or less)

    • Please describe your involvement with OUT Maine, a GSTA, another LGBTQ+ organization, or the LGBTQ+ community.
    • Tell us about your work, volunteer, and community involvement experiences.
    • Why should we pick you? What about this opportunity will change your life to make a difference?
    • What drives you? How will you leave your mark on the world?

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