Gamma Mu Scholarships Program
Website: Gamma Mu Foundation - Scholarships
The Gamma Mu Foundation was established to provide financial support to non-profit organizations that serve clients and communities primarily in the rural and/or underserved areas of the United States. The Foundation awards direct financial grants to support HIV/AIDS services, community services, or research and public education that benefits the LGBT community.
The Foundation also awards financial support in the form of academic scholarships to members of the LGBT community who demonstrate financial need and the desire to pursue additional training through academic or vocational education.
The Gamma Mu Scholarships Program provides support to gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or vocational or professional training program. In addition, effective 2016, the Gamma Mu Scholarship Program will award one scholarship annually (“The Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship in Memory of Ray Williams”) to a student from the broader LGBT community. These programs support a wide range of educational options, including vocational and technical training, associate, bachelors and graduate degrees. The Foundation will not fund online education degree programs. Scholarships are offered for full-time study beginning at an accredited institution or program of the student's choice. Interested students must complete and submit the online application by March 31.
Please review FAQs at https://gammamufoundation.org/scholarship-qs-as/.
Scholarships are awarded based upon financial need and the desire to pursue additional training through academic or vocational endeavors. The applicant must be a gay man (with the exception of the “Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship In Memory of Ray Williams” which will be awarded to an LGBT student) under 35 years of age, have completed high school (or GED) by June of the current year, and be a U.S. citizen.
Preference is given to 1) students who are living in, have come from, or plan to attend school in a rural and/or underserved area; 2) students who have overcome issues of discrimination and/or marginalization within their community; 3) students who demonstrate leadership qualities and pursue goals to benefit the GLBT community; and 4) students who demonstrate a strong academic performance. All of these key factors are taken into consideration in evaluating scholarship applications. To qualify for a scholarship, students must:
- Submit a completed application online no later than March.
- Have completed high school or the GED by June of the application year.
- Be admitted to an accredited college, university, or vocational institution for fall of the current year or spring of the following year.
- Be a citizen of the United States.
- Be a gay male (or LGBT student for the “Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship) under 35 years of age at time of application.
NOTE: The Foundation has received several inquiries regarding the age limit. We understand that there are many who seek education later in life, and that the problem may be exacerbated for those students in rural and/or underserved areas. Quite often the discrimination and marginalization endured in these areas results in individuals not being able to earn a college degree in their early 20's. However, the main mission of our Program is to target young people who are just starting out in life and have no previous work history, income, or resources to help finance higher education.
- US Citizen
Online applications will be accepted in March. Online applications will be accepted from mid-March through the end of March for the “Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship in Memory of Ray Williams”. The online application must be completed by March and applicants will receive acknowledgement of application receipt via email. Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, please answer all questions as completely as possible. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. All information received is considered confidential and becomes the property of the Gamma Mu Foundation.
Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Financial Need
- Demonstrated community involvement
- Extracurricular involvement
- Experience overcoming discrimination and/or marginalization
- Work/academic achievement
- Educational and career goals
- Involvement in the LGBTQ community
- Leadership in promoting diversity and tolerance
Scholarship recipients have no obligation to the Gamma Mu Foundation. They are, however, required to supply the Gamma Mu Foundation with complete transcripts when requested and to notify the Foundation of any changes of address, school enrollment, or other relevant information. If awarded a scholarship, we request that the student supply us with a photo to publish in our Annual Report and agree to have their name listed in Foundation news publications.
For additional information please contact the Scholarships Director by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.