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SpeakOUT Boston Scholarship

Applications for the 2019 scholarship are closed. If you would like to be added to our mailing list in order to get notification of next year’s scholarship deadlines, please email

Award: The scholarship is $500 and each year the number of scholarships will be determined by March of that year. Each awardee will also be given the opportunity to take SpeakOUT’s Speaker Training for free.

SpeakOUT Boston is a community of speakers working to create a world free of homo-bi-transphobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of our lives.

Since 1972, we have been doing so by:
·      Conducting educational programs about LGBTQIA+* lives and issues;

·      Training individuals and organizations to use public speaking as a means of creating positive cultural change;

·      Sharing our lives and experiences publicly in order to support those struggling with sexuality and gender identity; and

·      Educating within the communities we represent about issues that divide us.

SpeakOUT Boston engages audiences in honest dialogue, and in keeping with our motto "Ask Us Anything," we invite any questions that may challenge harmful stereotypes and misconceptions. Our speakers visit middle and high schools, colleges, workplaces, faith communities, public libraries, community organizations, and many other venues in the Greater Boston area and beyond.

Requirements for the Scholarship:

Applicants must be an undergraduate LGBTQIA+ student or prospective student entering college/university by the fall of 2019, living in New England, and holding a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Students will be required to submit by midnight March 29, 2019:

o   A 1-2 page type-written personal story discussing how they have grown to understand, accept, and take pride in their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

o   A letter of recommendation.

o   Grade transcripts.

Submit the required documents to or via mail to: SpeakOUT, P.O. Box 301223, Boston, MA 02130.

The student must submit proof of enrollment in a college/university before the award is made. Notification of award will be no later than June 1, 2019.

*LGBTQIA+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and related identities such as Pansexual, Gender Non-Binary or Non-Conforming.