June is LGBTQ Pride Month in honor of the Stonewall Riots that took place during this month in 1969. Recent studies have shown that LGBTQ youth experience significantly higher rates of mental health issues, often stemming from a lack of support in their own homes or communities. For LGBTQ students trying to navigate the college search process, identifying institutions where they may feel safe, supported and welcome can feel like a daunting challenge. It may be difficult to gauge the degree of acceptance an LGBTQ student may experience at some universities, but there are several resources available that may make the process of identifying schools that are intentional in their support of this student population a bit easier. The list below, while not exhaustive, is a great starting point for any LGBTQ student (or ally) starting their search. Happy Pride Month!
From their site: Since 2007, the Campus Pride Index has been the premier LGBTQ national benchmarking tool for colleges and universities to create safer, more inclusive campus communities. The free online tool allows prospective students, families/parents and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ-firendly campuses who have come out to improve the academic experience and quality of campus life.
From their site: Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point seeks to build community and springboard a new generation of LGBTQ leaders toward success. Point does this through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development, and community service training, and is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit.
From their site: PFLAG is the nation's largest organization dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and those who love them. National's largest program is supporting its network of more than 400 chapters, which crosses the entire U.S. Many PFLAG chapters have scholarship programs of their own.
From their site: We take education seriously, knowing that it has the power to help LGBTQ people overcome complex social and economic barriers. For over 20 years, we have partnered with donors to create scholarships that provide unique opportunities and access to education, both in New York City and throughout the country.
From their site: This guide discusses some of the most common challenges that LGBTQ college students face, both in school and elsewhere. These challenges include coming out, mental health issues, family issues, and interpersonal violence. This guide also highlights LGBTQ learners’ rights, introduces resources for LGBTQ college students, and summarizes the key features of LGBTQ-friendly college cultures.