Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship for LGBT

Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship

If you live in the Washington D.C. area, you are active in an individual or team sport, and you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or transgender, you have a shot at the Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship Program.

Team DC was established in 2003 in Washington DC. The function of this organization is to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community about sports, whether those sports are individual or team based, but at the same time, they work with the general public, including the LGBT community to do away with discrimination against the LGBT community – especially those who participate in sports. Team DC is one of many members of the General Assembly of the Federation of Gay Games, and the organization coordinates the Gay Games and Cultural Festival every four years.

Self identified LGBT students are welcome to apply for the Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship, whom has made a verifiable contribution to the LGBT sports community. This student will also be a participating athlete. Ideally, this individual will have also made a difference in improving the image and perception of the LGBT community through the sport that he or she participates in. The winners of these awards will be graduating high school seniors, but they may also be students who are currently enrolled in college in the Washington D.C. area.

If an LGBT student wins one of these scholarship awards, he or she must attend an accredited college or university in the Washington D.C. area. You must prove academic excellence. You must also be a positive role model in the LGBT community. Naturally, you must be out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. In terms of athletics, the winner will have participated in interscholastic athletics or intercollegiate athletics, but other competitive sports will also be considered. This includes sports that you participate in through private clubs, recreation leagues, and similar sports programs.

The Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship awards the winners $2000, which can be used for tuition, books, room and board, or other housing. At least one scholarship is awarded each June, but additional LGBT scholarships may be awarded based on the availability of funds.

The areas that are included for participating in the Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship program include the District of Columbia, Mongomery County, Prince George’s County, Loudon County, Prince William County, Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria.

Applications for the Team DC Student-Athlete Scholarship must be submitted and received no later than June 1st of each year. The selection committee chooses three finalists to meet with for personal interviews, and then a decision is made for the winner. Winners are notified by July 1st of the same year, and the funds are awarded, in one payment, in August.