South Texas Equality Project (STEP) is offering a special youth initiative scholarship opportunity for graduating high school seniors and college students who identify as LGBTQ. The deadline to apply is Monday, June 4 at 5 PM.

Applicants will be graded on a rubric that includes application presentation, resume, academic performance, financial need, and a personal statement essay. The essay, which is recommended to be 500 to 800 words, will be graded on how well-written it is, what insight in provides into the student’s character, their commitment towards advocating for LGBTQ issues in our community, and their vision on the role of progress for the LGBTQ community. It is suggested that applicants write about any volunteer or leadership roles that they have held in the LGBTQ community.

“Applicants should demonstrate a significant potential to exceed as community leaders and role models, and show a desire to continue advocating for the LGBTQIA+ Community,” according to the STEP scholarship committee. Members of the scholarship committee are also asking that students who are applying have “completed six credit hours at an accredited two year or four year university, in pursuit of a Bachelor’s or Associate’s/ Vocational degree, and be enrolling in the Fall semester.”

Students who are selected will be awarded a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2018 semester and must be enrolled for six credit hours per semester.

Interested parties that have any questions can call (956)244-5798 or email the STEP scholarship committee at

Download the application here.