The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Scholarship Program offers financial support for selected LGBTQ+ students and their allies who are or will be pursuing post-secondary education. The program awards scholarships to students who have shown strong promise and potential, but who might not otherwise complete their educational attainment without financial support. The program considers academic merits, extracurricular activities, community involvement, personal narrative, and financial need.

The program aims to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ+ students to reach their full potential as the Center attempts to break down barriers to educational opportunities.

Annual funders include Edison International, Comcast NBCUniversal, NYX Professional Makeup, the Renegade Thorson Memorial Scholarship, and the Felice Samuel Greene Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Deadline: October 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT
Generously funded by NYX Professional Makeup, the scholarship will offer five students $4,000 and NYX Professional Makeup beauty school essentials for the 2022 school year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Graduating Senior, with either HS diploma or GED. Must be able to provide proof of college, vocational, or accredited cosmetology school acceptance for the 2022 school year
  • Already enrolled in a college, vocational, or accredited cosmetology school. Must be able to provide proof of registered courses for the 2022 school year
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Must be studying Cosmetology

How to Apply

Selection Process

Scholarship recipients are evaluated and selected by a scholarship committee, which includes grantor, Center staff, and community members. Applicants will be evaluated on the information furnished by their academic transcript, testimony of their scholarly excellence and skills through letters of recommendation, financial need, and any reinforcing narrative provided in the essays.

Evaluations will begin one week after the application period has closed. Selected recipients will be notified be contacted via emailed on November 15, 2021.

Terms and Conditions

This document outlines the Terms and Conditions for all scholarships and awards administered by Los Angeles LGBT Center. All scholarships and awards will be referred to as ‘scholarships’ herein. By applying for our scholarship, you agree to these terms and conditions.

You must read these Terms and Conditions in their entirety before you accept your scholarship offer. When you accept your scholarship, you agree to and accept these Terms and Conditions and agree to the requirements and conditions of your scholarship.

Students in receipt of scholarship may also be required to sign an individual scholarship agreement. Students must meet all conditions as outlined in the agreement.

All correspondence between applicants and Los Angeles LGBT Center will be operated primarily via email, with the option of telephone communication, based on Los Angeles LGBT Center decision.

Successful applicants will be required to show proof of college, vocational, or accredited cosmetology school acceptance within the County of Los Angeles, California, for the 2022 school year.

>All students offered scholarships will receive an official ‘offer’ email offering the funds. Students must reply either accepting or rejecting this offer within 14 days of receipt.

Failure to respond within these 14 days may result in the scholarship offer being withdrawn and reassigned. You must accept your scholarship offer by the due date, as instructed in your offer email, to be eligible to receive payment.

The total value of the scholarship offered will be $4,000 and is intended to support all educational expenses including but not limited to tuition, books, and housing. Los Angeles LGBT Center will pay the funds in one single installment, though we reserve the right to make payment in multiple installments as we see fit.

The scholarship funds can be paid into your nominated bank account or by other means to be discussed between Los Angeles LGBT Center and you, the applicant. Los Angeles LGBT Center reserves the right to decide on how payment is made and can withdraw the offer of scholarship if an amicable and realistic payment process cannot be reached.

Scholarships are awarded based on established eligibility criteria. You must meet the eligibility requirements to receive your scholarship payment. The eligibility requirements for each scholarship are outlined on the scholarship page of our website.

Providing false or misleading information is an offense. Suppose Los Angeles LGBT Center knows or has reason to believe that you have provided false or misleading information. In that case, Los Angeles LGBT Center may reassess your entitlement to the scholarship. You will be liable to re-pay to Los Angeles LGBT Center the total sum of any payments incorrectly made to you.

Los Angeles LGBT Center reserves the right to cancel the Scholarship program at any point. Los Angeles LGBT Center reserves the right to share your application with any company affiliates, including personal information such as your email address.


To ensure you do your best work in preparing your application, we recommend that you consult all the resources available to you. If in high school, consult your guardian, your guidance counsellor, a community mentor and/or any teacher who has been particularly supportive of your development. The same may be said if you are currently in a college/university, but additionally, you may consult staff in your institution’s financial aid and awards office or a person familiar with your schoolwork or employment record.

We also highly encourage you to reach out to the Center’s Youth Education Program for application writing support and essay review. The program offers one-on-one support with friendly and specially trained tutors that can virtually assist you with essay completion. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reach a staff member from the Center’s Education Program.

Contact information

Education Coordinator: Bernadette Ruby (She/Her)
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 323-860-3677

Stay connected with LifeWorks

Follow Lifeworks on Facebook Follow Models of Pride on Instagram

Sign up for our newsletter

Contact LifeWorks

 The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 860-7373  
[email protected]