CU Boulder Center for Inclusion and Social Change Scholarships

The Center for Inclusion and Social Change at the University of Colorado Boulder offers several annual scholarships for students in the LGBTQIA community. Please see the individual scholarship descriptions below and complete the supplemental questions to apply.

LGBTQIA Scholarship
The LGBTQIA Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship awarded to an undergraduate CU Boulder student. Students must be current undergraduates and have a record of service in making CU Boulder a more hospitable place for the LGBTQIA community. Preference is given to first-year students who have demonstrated satisfactory academic progress. Students do not have to demonstrate financial need to apply.

Karen Raforth Scholarship
The Karen Raforth Scholarship is a $1,000 award that was created to help support students who show an aptitude for leadership and involvement with LGBTQIA issues. This award is named after Dr. Karen Raforth, who spent years devoting her time and talent to the LGBTQIA community at CU Boulder. Students must be currently enrolled full-time as undergraduates or graduates on the CU Boulder campus. Additionally, students must demonstrate leadership and involvement with LGBTQIA issues and community and should exemplify steadfastness, visibility, and effectiveness in the quest for LGBTQ rights and the rights of all marginalized people.

Joel Roger Wayne Scholarship
The Joel Roger Wayne Scholarship is a $1,000 award for CU Boulder undergraduate students that was established in 1996 to ensure that talented LGBTQ students could complete their college degrees, even if their families cut them off financially. Joel was a firm believer that if he could even help one young LGBTQ student get through college, he would have accomplished something meaningful in this world. While this scholarship is based on financial need, students do not need to have been financially cut off from their families to receive it.

Positive Futures Scholarship
The Positive Futures Scholarship is a $1,500 academic year scholarship for undergraduate or graduate students whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS or who are involved in public health advocacy. Additionally, students must be enrolled full-time, must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. To protect the privacy of scholarship winners, this is an award that can be given anonymously.

$1,000 - $2,000
College of Arts & Sciences
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you enrolled in the Undergraduate Certificate in LGBTQ Studies? (NOTE: you do not have to be enrolled in this certificate program to apply for these scholarships)
  2. Are you enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies? (NOTE: you do not have to be enrolled in this certificate program to apply for these scholarships)
  3. Please describe in detail your leadership and involvement with LGBTQIA issues and community, as well as with other campus and community activities or organizations.
  4. Provide the name and email address of a faculty member, staff member, or member of the community to submit a letter of reference that speaks about your work and contributions to the LGBTQIA community.