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Point Foundation Scholarship Essay Contests

Douglas W. Nock Endowment Scholarship

Case Western Reserve University awards the Douglas W. Nock Endowment Scholarship to outstanding undergraduate students or admitted high school graduates who have advanced the mission of the LGBT community at Case Western Reserve University or as a high school student in their community.


 

CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award

The purpose of the CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award is to provide recognition or enabling financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who are working to make impactful actions and advancement of the mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland community, or nationally through scholarship, research, or leadership activities.


National LGBT Scholarships

Additionally, there are many national LGBT scholarships available.


Point Foundation

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students seeking financial help for their coming undergraduate or graduate school education can take action by applying for a Point Foundation Scholarship. Point is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit.

To serve this population, Point Foundation has invested more than $15 million in education and support of 243 scholars since 2001. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2014-2015 academic year are eligible to apply for Point Foundation’s esteemed, multiyear scholarship. Point’s application process opens online in November.


Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! Essay Contest

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage invites campus community members to learn more about a unique scholarship opportunity for young people in grades 6-12 who live in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties.

The Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out! Essay Contest is offering a total of $100,000 in scholarship support for juniors and seniors to attend an Ohio university or college. They must complete a 500-word essay on discrimination or intolerance and how they intend to address it.

The purpose of the CWRU Pride LGBT Ohio Leadership Award is to provide recognition or enabling financial assistance to outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who are working to make impactful actions and advancement of the mission of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community at Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland community, or nationally through scholarship, research, or leadership activities.

Semifinalists

Mid-January:
Semifinalist notifications begin via email.

Mid-February:
All semifinalists notifications completed.

March 2:
All semifinalist supplemental materials must be received at Point’s Los Angeles headquarters (5055 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 501, Los Angeles, CA 90036).

Week of March 12:
Phone interviews for select invited semifinalists.

Please read the Semifinalist FAQs for detailed information.

Finalists

Late March:
All finalists notified by email.

April 26-28:
All finalists must attend an in-person interview with Point’s Selections Committee in Los Angeles. The cost of transportation, lodging, and meals are covered by Point for all finalists traveling within North & Central America. All potential finalists must be in North or Central America on April 26-28 and be available to fly to Los Angeles in order to remain eligible for the scholarship.

Late May – early June:
All new scholarship recipients notified.

Mid/Late June:
Public announcement of new Point Scholar class.

Please read the Finalist FAQs for detailed information.

NOTE ON FUNDING

Point Scholarships are awarded on a “last provider” basis, meaning that Point fills in the gaps and provides funds not provided by other scholarships, grants, loans, work/study programs, etc. It is the responsibility of those selected as Point Scholars to annually secure as much other funding as possible. For information about other sources of financial aid, see our Additional LGBTQ Resources page.

RETURNING APPLICANTS

Our application host, CommunityForce, has updated its software. As such, if you applied for a Point Scholarship during the previous application period, you are no longer able to view your previous application as in years past and you must create a new user account.