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Graduating Students
The 2023 OUTbio LGBTQ+ STEM Scholarship Program is now Underway 
Scholarship Program Intent

The OUTbio LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Scholarship Program is intended to encourage LGBTQ+ young adults to seek a career in STEM disciplines, with a focus on the life sciences. The scholarship supports all students, regardless of gender or sexual diversity, who have demonstrated leadership and/or involvement toward advancing LGBTQ+ diversity, equity and inclusion in their community. 

In 2023 OUTbio will award one student unrestricted scholarship funds of up to $5,000 to one graduating high school student or active student attending a New England located 2-or 4-year college or technical/vocational school in the 2023-2024 academic year. The award will be based on responses to the questions below, references, and an interview.  Preference will be given to degrees that may lead to careers in human disease biology, drug discovery, research and development or drug manufacturing.  

OUTbio will award the scholarship per academic year with an unrestricted grant intended to support tuition and other educational expenses.

Program Schedule for the 2023 Scholarship Process
  1. Application deadline – July 15, 2023

  2. Application Review period and Interviews – July 2023

    • Applicants will be ranked based on their academic and extracurricular history, intended field of study, and quality of essay responses and video submissions.

    • Three Finalists will be invited to be interviewed by a selection committee member.

  3. Scholarship winner(s) selected and notified – by August 15, 2023

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for the scholarship award, applicants must meet all requirements listed below.


  1. Must be a person who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

  2. Must be 18 years or older at the time of award (15 Aug 2023).

  3. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA or have achieved a GED, and willing to provide a transcript.

  4. Be pursuing a degree in a life science discipline.   

  5. Be a student/accepted at an accredited secondary college/university in one of the following states: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Vermont (community college associate degree programs are accepted)

  6. Willing to submit the completed application requirements, including a video of yourself (see below).

  7. Agree to be profiled and have a picture on the OUTbio website and/or print materials.


Scholarship Application Guidelines

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide information about yourself, your current school, post-secondary education plans and other activities.   You’ll also be asked to provide brief essays answering 1 of 4 questions related to this scholarship and a letter of reference.   The application components are listed below:

  1. Contact Information

  2. Demographic Information

  3. High School Information 

  4. Undergraduate Information 

  5. Achievements, Honors and Awards Received 

  6. Volunteer Work 

  7. Employment/Activities History 

  8. Essay – (300 words maximum)

  9. Letter of Reference – Include one letter of recommendation tailored to this scholarship. Recommendation letters must be written and signed by individuals other than family members.

  10. Signature


Scholarship Application Submittal: Submit applications to the application link no later than June 30, 2023

Contact Information: If you have any questions regarding the application instructions, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at:

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