Being a college athlete is not just all about going to the biggest school you can. A critical question to consider when thinking about a particular school is, “ would you want to go to that school if you weren’t an athlete and on scholarship? ” Your athletic scholarship is never guaranteed and it is always a good idea to be prepared to stay in school if you lose your scholarship. Also, the majority of your time at school will be spent outside of practice and competition. Make sure you enjoy where you go to school and it fits what you are looking for in a college.
Many schools and private organizations also recognize the challenges faced by students in the LBGT community. These scholarships serve both LBGT students and children of LGBT parents. Groups like PFLAG offer scholarships to LBGT students and LBGT community allies. These scholarships typically require a demonstration of commitment to service in the LBGT community. Other private foundations offer scholarships aimed at helping promising LBGT students with need-based assistance. Some programs help fill the gaps left by financial aid packages and parental contributions, while others offer merit-based awards. Many LBGT scholarships are offered at a local or regional level by private groups, so carefully research local opportunities. College and university LBGT resource centers can provide you with additional information on general and university-specific LBGT scholarship opportunities.