NOGLSTP established the Out to Innovate™ Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Students in STEM, following NOGLSTP’s inaugural Out to Innovate™ Career Summit for LGBTQ+ People in STEM. These scholarships are intended for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering,or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBTQ+ students in STEM careers.

Scholarships to date have been awarded to:

The next scholarships will be awarded August 2019 for the 2019/2020 academic year, and will be funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation (grant received 2018 for the 2019/2020 academic year). The application window for these scholarships opened April 1 and closed on June 1. We are currently in the review process, and will announce our selections in August 2019.

Download a tri-fold brochure about the NOGLSTP scholarship program to share with your colleagues. When the application cycle is open, there will be links to application packages on this page. We do not accept scholarship applications outside of this window.

August 16, 2015: We are pleased to announce that Memorial donations to NOGLSTP’s Out to Innovate™ Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Students in STEM have been received in memory of Elizabeth R. (Betty) Doucette of Pittsford Massachusetts. Betty grew up with limited means but pursued knowledge throughout her life. She worked for the Pittsfield Public School system for many years and dedicated her life to the betterment of her town’s youth. Her children have STEM careers and she became an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community in her small town with her daughter’s coming out as well as welcoming members of the LGBTQ+ community into her home. NOGLSTP honors Betty Doucette’s memory and wishes to thank her family and friends for these donations collected at her memorial service in May 2015. Read More….

Out to Innovate™ Scholarships Guidelines and Eligibility

The mission of the Out to Innovate™ Scholarships is to:

  • Award scholarships to LGBTQ or LGBTQ-supportive students currently enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) or STEM-related teaching fields.
  • Honor students who support a creative educational community that increases the visibility and the accomplishments of LGBTQ+ and supportive students
  • Encourage students to be out in their careers and support diversity in the STEM workforce

Scholarship Awards: Two $5000 scholarships (when funded) will be awarded each Fall for the academic year. One $5000 scholarship will go to an undergraduate student, and one $5000 scholarship will go to a graduate/professional level student. Students currently enrolled at any U.S.-based college or university is eligible to apply.

Award Guidelines:

  • Scholarship awards will be paid in the Fall semester/quarter only.
  • Scholarship availability depends on funding, and might not be offered every year.
  • All awards must be used in support of recipient’s education or research.


  • Successful completion of a minimum of two years of post-high school education at an accredited college or university
  • Maintenance of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the entirety of college/university enrollment
  • A declared major in an accredited STEM or STEM-related teaching field
  • Be an active supporter of and participant in programs or organizations that promote LGBTQ inclusion and visibility
  • Students must be eligible for fall term registration and must not be under disciplinary sanction.

Application Package:

  • application form with signed waiver, which includes
    • personal information
    • academic and community achievements
    • demographics survey
    • coursework / program summary
    • work experience
    • awards/honors
    • community and extracurricular activities
    • financial aid profile
    • list of references
  • personal statement (essay) (include with application, emailed to us)
  • official transcript (may be emailed or surface mailed to us from your registrar)
  • three letters of reference (to be emailed directly to us from each recommender)

Where to send the application package:

  • We are now accepting applications via email: scholarships at noglstp dot org
  • Applicant should email the application form and personal statement.
  • Each Recommender should email their PDF letter of reference on their official letterhead.
  • Official transcripts may be snail-mailed or electronically delivered from the registrar (snail mail address: NOGLSTP Scholarships, PO Box 91803, Pasadena CA 91109)

Application Window: April 1 – the First Saturday of June, 11:59 Pacific Time

  • All application components must be received by email at this time
  • Early, Late or incomplete application packages will not be evaluated

Questions: David Crombecque, Ph.D., NOGLSTP Scholarship Program Coordinator at: scholarships at noglstp dot org