Hey there Jens,
Congrats on taking this awesome step in your life! I learned so much about myself during college and built some really lasting relationships while I was working on my degree. In terms of LGBTQ recruitment, some schools do it and some don't. A great resource for learning about your prospective schools' LGBTQ-friendliness is the Campus Pride Index (linked below in suggested next steps). Their index is by no means all-encompassing, but the schools listed are schools that are, at the very least, interested in making their campus a great place for LGBTQ students to learn and grow. For scholarships, there are a few LGBTQ-specific scholarships that come to mind, though they can be incredibly competitive:
- The Point Foundation, https://pointfoundation.org/
- Unbroken Horizons, https://www.unbrokenhorizons.org/
- Davis-Putter (not exclusively LGBTQ, but it's a cool scholarship), http://www.davisputter.org/
You can also see if your local PFLAG or GLSEN chapters have any scholarships. I live in New Mexico and received a $1,000 scholarship for graduate school, which is enough to help me pay for the last bit of my tuition that my student loans didn't cover.
I hope this is helpful! Good luck! You're gonna do great. :D
AJ recommends the following next steps:
- Check out the Campus Pride Index https://www.campusprideindex.org/
- Look into the scholarship granting orgs listed above!
- See if your local LGBTQ-focused groups (PFLAG, GLSEN, regional/state/city orgs or foundations) have scholarship funds for which you can apply.