The Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship was established in 2013 to provide scholarships for students who have shown leadership and vision in a Gender & Sexuality Alliance (or similar LGBTQ club) at their school, or in the general LGBTQ community.

This year North Star LGBTQ Community Center will award one scholarship of $2,500, with priority given to trans and nonbinary applicants. Scholarship monies will be applied to the cost of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board, and/or other college expenses. In any given year, if there are no qualified student/s identified by the scholarship deadline, funds may be carried over and awarded the following year. Since 2013, The Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship has awarded a total of $17,500 to local high school seniors.

Student Scholarship Guidelines

To receive consideration, an applicant must:

  • Complete the scholarship application. The application form can be downloaded here: 2020 Scholarship Packet. Applications are also available from your school guidance counselor, GSA advisor, and/or at North Star LGBTQ Community Center. 
  • Be a resident of Forsyth County, North Carolina, or be actively involved with the North Star Youth Leadership Council.
  • Have a current minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of a 2.0
  • Be graduating in Spring 2020 from a Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high school or receiving an equivalent GED and attending a college, university or technical college in Fall 2020.
  • Demonstrate active involvement and leadership in a GSA, similar LGBTQ club, or in the general LGBTQ community.
  • Submit their scholarship application, scholarship essay, and recommendation letter by Saturday, June 26th, 2020 at 5pm.

Additional Information:

  • This scholarship is not based on financial need; however, financial need can be mentioned in your applicant letter.
  • Any questions can be directed to