WNY LGBT & Allies

Some scholarships require a letter substantiating your participation at GLYS, with your GSA or in the GLBT community.

The Tom Hammond Memorial Scholarship

Started in 2005, this $500 scholarship has been available to a GLYS member/alumnus (GLBT or ally) or student (GLBT or ally) actively involved in his/her school’s GSA.  The scholarship is named for GLYS Founder, Tom Hammond, and has been made possible through the generosity of his sister, Sue Hammond.
Tom Hammond Scholarship.GLYS for application information.
Fall, 2014 – the last of 5 Hammond Awards was given this year.
Stay tune for the future of this scholarship.

The Mann Scholarship
This scholarship was started in 2011.
Dr. Horace Mann’s directive was that each year an LGBT youth or ally of color who is a member of GLYS and/or his/her school’s GSA and entering their first semester of college or other post-secondary education would receive this award.
Dr. Mann was a long time faculty member of Buffalo State College.
Dr._Mann_Scholarship application

HSBC Pride Network Scholarship
This scholarship is for youth who live in WNY and participate in their school’s GSA, etc.  Are you a high school senior or college student whose home address is in WNY (even though you may attend or plan to pursue your post-secondary education at an institution outside of WNY)?  Do you belong to your high school or college Gay Straight Alliance, Rainbow Alliance, or other diversity club?  If your responses to both questions was “yes,” then YOU are eligible for one of the a $500 scholarships for the fall 2012 semester offered by HSBC Bank’s LGBT employee diversity group!  This scholarship is awarded through GLYS.
Please check back for the updated HSBC Award application after May 1, 2013.

EmbraceWNY is a group that sponsors a “Brunch” each year in April.  Some of the funds raised through the event are used to support scholarships for young people who live in WNY and will attend college in WNY.  These are available to both high school and college students who participate in a Gay Straight Alliance or diversity club at their school.
There is no set deadline for applications.
Click here for the EmbraceWNY scholarship info and application.


“Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Aid for Minority Students”
This guidebook includes scholarships and grants
several minority categories
“including African-Americans, women and
LGBT students.”