Investing in the Future of the LGBTQ Community

Scholarship for LGBTQ Graduate Students in Theology & Ministry



To support LGBTQ students who are pursuing graduate studies at an accredited university for the advancement of our community in theology, spirituality, ministry and community service.


Fellowship is $1000 per academic year, and may be renewed.
Award may be applied to either the Fall or Spring semester.
Applications may be submitted at any time.
The number of Fellowships granted each year is determined by availability of funds.


Applicants must :

  • identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer
  • be pursuing graduate-level education in either the field of theology & ministry or in the arts & humanities
  • be accepted or matriculated in a degree-granting program at an accredited university or seminary
  • have and maintain at least a “B” (3.0) grade average


Submit a letter of application in which you include:

  • your name and address, telephone number (optional), and email address
  • how you self-identify (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc), and whether you are “out”
  • demographics (for informational purposes only; will not affect eligibility): age and date of birth, gender identity, nationality, ethnicity
  • the name and address of the university or seminary, and the department or program in which you are enrolled
  • your academic year (1st, etc), when you plan to graduate, and your current or latest GPA
  • is your school affirming/accepting, or is special discretion needed?
  • your application essay (see below)

Please also include with your letter:

  • proof of enrollment: acceptance letter from the school, or a copy of your tuition bill, etc.
  • unoffical copies of your latest transcripts
  • A short introductory essay must accompany the application (between 500-1000 words). Please describe your experience as an LGBTQ person (things like, when you discovered or accepted yourself, how it has affected your relationships, family, religious experience, how it has shaped your view of yourself and the world, challenges you may have encountered, etc). Also describe why you chose your area of study, any topics of special interest, what issue(s) you are passionate about addressing in your field, and how you hope to make a positive difference in the LGBTQ community.  Think of it along the lines of “Me as LGBTQ, and What I want to do for my community.”  If you are a continuing student (past the first year in your program), please also give us an example of how your education thus far has changed you or your thinking.
  • Letters of Recommendation are not necessary but will be considered. We understand that “preparing for service” to the community does not always include a history of activism, and being “out” is not always possible in these early stages.
  • If being “out” places you or your enrollment in jeopardy (for example, if you are attending a non-affirming seminary or graduate school), please indicate such in your application essay. We can issue fellowship funds to the university under a discrete donor name if needed.
  • Application letter and supporting documentation may be submitted to submissions@IMPACTmagazine.us

Awards will be distributed directly to the educational institution for benefit of the recipient, and only upon verification of attendance.

Selection of recipients is made by the IMPACT Fellowship Advisory Committee. All applicants agree to accept their decision as final.


All information submitted by candidates will be treated with confidentiality. The names of Fellowship recipients and their universities will be posted on the IMPACT website (and elsewhere), unless requested by the student.  Recipients may choose to remain anonymous if such publication might create an unsafe situation or jeopardize their enrollment status.

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