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About The Scholarship 

LGBTQIA+ students, especially those in rural and underserved communities, are some of the most forgotten and discriminated students in the Central Valley. From tolerating homo/transphobic practices and sentiments in educational spaces and in the community, to the little to no resources available to Queer identifying students, to the lack of education and understanding of Queer identities by school administrators; Queer students are often undervalued, unheard, and misunderstood. 


The Central Valley Scholars LGBTQIA+ Scholarship aims to tackle this issue by recognizing exemplary Queer students in the Central Valley who have faced numerous obstacles in their journey to understand their Queer identity while pursuing an education. Our scholarships are created with the central belief that every student is worth investing in and aim to choose recipients based on their identity, need, and potential for growth; aspects overlooked by other educational institutions. The LGBTQIA+ Scholarship invites vulnerability, encourages empowerment, and gives Queer students in the Central Valley the space to validate their stories and find the beauty in their struggles.

Scholarship Details


  • Must identify within the LGBTQIA+ spectrum

  • Must be enrolled at a community college, vocational school, or undergraduate university during the fall semester/ quarter of 2022

  • Must have graduated from a high school, continuation school, or G.E.D school in the San Joaquin Valley by August 31st, 2022


  • No GPA requirement

  • Proof of citizenship and social security are not requested 

  • Not required to disclose your gender/sexual identity publicly

  • No letter of recommendation


  • Three 250 word responses

  • One 150 word response

  • Will re-open March 



  • Students will receive $1,500.00

  • Two winners will be selected

Have additional questions? Contact Us. Scholarship Terms And Conditions.

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