Scholarships

Empowering Individuals, Strengthening Community

 

STONEWALL SCHOLARSHIPS

Another way Stonewall Community Foundation helps donors make an impact in the LGBTQ community is by partnering to create scholarship opportunities. We are a member of the National Scholarship Providers Association, and our scholarships provide opportunities for a growing number of young people in our community.

The Harry Bartel Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Harry Bartel Memorial Scholarship Fund is an endowed fund that was created in memory of Harry Bartel. Harry was born in Queens, NY and raised in Scottsdale, AZ. In 1991, Harry and his spouse, Brian Landeche, opened Splash Bar. Throughout his life, Harry was an advocate of education and was especially concerned that young gay men who were separated from their families or experiencing other hurdles might not have access to secondary education. It is in his memory that his family, friends and the patrons of Splash Bar have provided this endowment. Who is eligible? Gay men, 23 years or younger, who are actively involved in the Youth Enrichment Services at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan. How can I apply? Each year the Fund awards a $500 scholarship through the Youth Enrichment Services Program at the LGBT Community Center in Manhattan.  For information on applying, please contact the Center at 212-620-7310 and ask to speak to YES staff.
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship (TDRS)
Established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker, this fund encourages and supports LGBTQ women in their quest for higher education. The TDRS awards scholarships to students in two categories: 1) graduating high school seniors who plan on attending an accredited college or university; and, 2) already matriculated students in any year of study, including graduate school. Generally, three non-renewable $3,000 scholarships are awarded each year. Who is eligible? As of 2007, the Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship is only available to women-identified students. Applicants must demonstrate their motivation to making a difference in the world and also have a history of academic excellence and community service. How can I apply? Click here to download the 2014 application. Instructions on applying are detailed within. Please send related questions to grants@stonewallfoundation.org.
The Gene and John Athletic Fund Scholarship
The Gene & John Athletic Fund seeks to help emerging LGBTQ athletes reach their potential and realize their dreams. Created by Gene Silbert and John Kiley, the Fund was launched in 2002 at the Gay Games VI in Sydney, Australia. The Fund is Gene and John’s way of giving back to a community that has been supportive and inspiring to them. The fund offers scholarships of $2,500 and $5,000. Who is eligible? This scholarship is available to LGBTQ athletes looking to continue their education and LGBTQ students actively pursuing a sports career, either professionally or recreationally. How can I apply? Click here to download the 2014 application. Instructions on applying are detailed within. Please send related questions to grants@stonewallfoundation.org.
The Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund
The Levin-Goffe Scholarship Fund was established to cover up to two years of schooling for immigrants here in New York City who identify as LGBTQI. Scholarships from this fund are intended to provide a measure of economic stability for those who stand at the intersection of marginalization that can be created by being both LGBTQI and an immigrant. Who is eligible? A qualifying applicant is one:

  • who self-identifies as an immigrant*
  • who self-identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex
  • who does not have a criminal record in the United States
  • who can prove full-time enrollment in a New York City nonprofit college or university
  • whose annual tuition does not exceed $12,500
  • who has successfully completed at least one academic year or is at least a rising sophomore
  • who has and maintains an excellent academic record (3.25+ GPA)

*Defined as a foreign-born U.S. resident not having a documented permanent residential status How can I apply? You can download the application here.  Applications may be submitted to Stonewall Community Foundation via e-mail, postal mail, or fax. Deadline Completed applications are due by 6pm on Friday, February 21, 2014.

How are decisions on scholarships made? Each fund is unique and reflects the values and interests of its principal donors. Likewise, each scholarship has its own application process, eligibility criteria, and decision makers. Want to establish a scholarship program? If you are interested in starting your own scholarship program at Stonewall, please review FAQ Guide and contact us to set up a meeting.

OTHER FUNDING FOR INDIVIDUALS

Recognizing that people sometimes have needs for financial support that go beyond academic scholarships, Stonewall also provides other types of funding for individuals.

The Bee Winkler Weinstein Fund
“Bee’s Fund” was created in honor of Bee Winkler Weinstein by her daughter, Dava Weinstein, and Dava’s partner, Dorothy Calvani, the Fund’s lead donors. While not a traditional scholarship, the Fund benefits young women whose own families have withdrawn emotional and often financial support because of their sexual and/or gender identity. Grants of various sizes are made to support young women in taking steps toward becoming self-sufficient in their own lives. Expenses that may be covered by a Bee’s Fund grant include:

  • GED tutoring
  • Work uniforms
  • Legal name changes
  • College application fees
  • Licensing and testing fees
  • Domestic needs, such as bedding or rental security deposits
  • For vocational/technical training: tuition, books, and supplies

Note: The Fund does not cover direct college expenses such as tuition, books, supplies and/or equipment. Likewise, the Fund does not cover any graduate school expenses.

Who is eligible? Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer women can apply to Bee’s Fund. Recipients must be between the ages of 18-25 and reside within the United States. How can I apply? You can download the application here. Applications may be submitted to Stonewall Community Foundation via e-mail, postal mail, or fax. When applying, please attach a copy of any written estimate, invoice, or promotional material that verify an expense.

Can I donate to Bee’s Fund?  Yes! You may give a gift directly to support the work of Bee’s Fund here:

The Leonore Gordon PD Arts and Wellness on the Go Fund
This scholarship fund aims to support people with Parkinson’s Disease in the Brooklyn area, in the pursuit of creative arts expression through attending art classes at venues such as (but not limited to) the Brooklyn Museum, or the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. Many with Parkinson’s are on a limited income, or have difficulty negotiating the multiple medical appointments, complex medication regimens, and necessary Access-a-Ride appointments, in order to maintain strength and mobility. Despite these hindrances, many are creative individuals with a great deal to still contribute to the larger world. While dancing can prove essential to maintaining mobility for people with Parkinson’s, painting, drawing, sculpting, and creative writing are documented to be particularly stimulating to neuronal growth, and research in the international PD community has revealed an unusual proliferation of work in the creative arts by those with Parkinson’s. Who is eligible? A qualifying scholarship applicant is one who:

  • has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease
  • intends to enroll in an arts-related class at a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or has a qualified 501(c)(3) organization sponsoring their attendance (NOTE: this is to allow for the possibility that people may want to take classes that are not at 501(c)(3)s but are in association with a nonprofit that has a program that pays for such classes)
  • will be taking the classes in an ADA compliant location, based in the borough of Brooklyn

How can I apply? Complete and return the application to us according to the instructions at the bottom of the application. You can download the application: Application PD Arts and Wellness on the Go, or request a copy by emailing grants@stonewallfoundation.org or by calling 212.367.1155.

How can I donate to this fund?  Click the button below to make a direct contribution to the Leonore Gordon PD Arts and Wellness on the Go Fund