Spectrum Center

Spectrum Center Scholarships

                                 Chris Armstrong Scholarship

The Armstrong Scholarship was established in 2011 by the parents of Chris Armstrong, the first openly gay student-elected president of the Michigan Student Assembly, now called the Central Student Government.  Armstrong made national headlines in his last year of attending the University of Michigan when he was publicly rebuked for his sexuality. 

"We are very pleased and proud to establish a scholarship at the Spectrum Center in our son's name. It is our way of trying to give back a small fraction of all that the University of Michigan gave to Chris during his four years as an undergraduate,” said Cynthia Armstrong.

"The University of Michigan was the most supportive environment for someone who was just learning who they were and to discover oneself.  It was incredibly humbling and inspiring to see the university rally behind me and support me in a time of immense vulnerability.  This scholarship is meant to honor that moment, a moment where the university cast aside its differences to show a commitment to value the diversity of all of its members,” said Chris Armstrong.

To be eligible, you must be entering the University of Michigan as a full-time undergraduate student, show documented leadership of, support for, or involvement in organizations, activities, or issues that benefit the lesbian, gay male, bisexual and transgender communities, and be willing to be publicly recognized as a recipient of the award. 

“We hope that the Chris Armstrong Scholarship fund can fulfill its promise – to bring to Michigan those students who show leadership and courage in the face of bullying, taunting, teasing, and harassment.  Just like Chris, these students can find their voice and their future in Ann Arbor, which is truly a better place," concluded Steve Armstrong.

Chris Armstrong Scholarship Application

Applications currently closed. Applications for the 2022-2023 academic year will go live in November 2022.

To donate to the Chris Armstrong Scholarship, please visit our GIVING PAGE and select the scholarship as your area of support.



                         John D. Evans Foundation Scholarship

The John D. Evans Foundation Scholarship, founded in 2019, is available to currently enrolled students at University of Michigan who are involved with the Spectrum Center Advisory Board or volunteer leaders. John D. Evans and Steve Wozencraft, Executive Vice President of the John D. Evans Foundation, are excited to financially assist students directly and indirectly engaged with the Spectrum Center as well as other LGBTQ organizations on and off-campus. The John D. Evans Foundation Scholarship is hoping to support University of Michigan students who are making a positive impact on the LGBTQ community globally. The Foundation was built on the pillars of advocacy and actions to AIDS and cancer research, as well as the protection of the environment through its founder, John D. Evan who graduated from University of Michigan in 1966. John now serves on the President’s Advisory Group, School of Information and College of LSA Dean’s Advisory Councils.

Evans is a former U.S. Navy Lieutenant who served on two aircraft carriers, at the Pentagon and launched a Navy television system. After his Navy career, he founded the Evans Communications System and in 1972 rose to prominence as the manager of the largest operating region of what is now the Time Warner company. Evans is perhaps best known as co-founding C-SPAN in 1977 and later serving as its chairman. During his tenure, C-SPAN was the recipient of several Golden Cable ACE awards, a Peabody Award, and a Golden Beacon Award.
To this day, Evans remains active on numerous network boards and executive committees. In recognition of his achievements, he received the NCTA President’s Award in 1981 and the Vanguard Award for Young Leadership in 1984. He has been inducted into the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association Hall of Fame, the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame, and the Cable Industry Hall of Fame.
Evans, who graduated from the University of Michigan, serves in the President’s Advisory Group, School of Information Advisory Board, College of LSA Dean’s Advisory Council, and the Spectrum Center Advisory Council.

Wozencraft has spent the last 30-years of his career working with NGOs and not-for-profits to refine their fundraising practices, programmatic focuses, and strategic partnerships. He is the former President of the John O’Donnell Company, a firm established in 1966, which specialized in helping global NGOs and not-for-profit organizations achieve sustainable growth. 

Wozencraft is known for his unique ability to bring together diverse networks for a common cause across a range of issues, with a focus on HIV/AIDS treatment & prevention, criminal justice reform, Social Justice, environmental issues, technological innovation, and the arts.

Wozencraft currently serves on the boards of the Vet Voice Foundation, Atlas Corps (as Chairman of the Board), Dr. Robert Gallo’s Institute of Human Virology, the Department of State Fine Arts Committee, the University of Michigan Spectrum Center Advisory Council, The State Department Global Equality Fund and the Advisory Board of the Bretton Woods II initiative at the New America Foundation. He is a past board member of South Coast Medical Center, University of Michigan Center for Global Health External Advisory Board, GLAAD, NGLCC, Positive Young People Foundation (PYP), The Global Virus Network and Friend Factor.

This scholarship opportunity is only available to members of the Spectrum Center Advisory Board and Spectrum Center Volunteer Program.

To donate to the John D. Evans Foundation Scholarship, please visit our GIVING PAGE and select the scholarship as your area of support.



National Grants and Scholarship

  • Affordable Colleges
    • This list provides several scholarships available to LGBTQ college students in addition to resources and college affordability.
  • Best Colleges Scholarships
    • This is a list of several LGBTQ Scholarships for college students based on the following: General LGBTQ scholarships, Discipline specific LGBTQ scholarships, Demographic-based LGBTQ scholarships, and an "asexual or gray asexual" scholarship.
  • College Scholarships for LGBTQ Students
  • Credit Donkey
    • A guide to financial resources for LGBTQ students
  • Dream Out Loud Scholorships
    • Our mission is to enrich the lives of our LGBTQ young adults by providing access to various art resources and education. To help fulfill this mission, Arts Out Loud will be offering 4 scholarships of up to $1000 for the Fall of 2018 to students in degree programs with a focus on film, theatre, dance, or music! In addition to the scholarship amount, students will also be paired with a professional working mentor in their area of study. 
  • Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship
    • The Everipedia Tech Titans Diversity Scholarship was established by Everipedia, Inc. in 2017. It aims to increase awareness of minorities in STEM areas, along with the challenges they face around the world.
    • Scholarship Details: $1,000 award.
    •  Deadline is December 1st, Awareded yearly. 
  • The HIV League Scholarship
    • The HIV League Scholarship is the only national scholarship specifically for students living with HIV, exists becasue there is great potential of any student living with HIV, and aims to build the leadership, knowledge, and skills of its scholars, which is the truest form of investment in one's future.
    • Four $7,000 scholarships are available.
    • Deadline: January 31st
  • LGBTQ Scholarships: Equal Possibilities for High-Quality Education
  • SOULE Foundation Scholarship
    • The 2020 SOULE Foundation was created to provide financial support for LGBTQ youth who are pursuing a college degree. 
    • Details of the scholarship can be found here.
    • SOULE is awarding up to three scholarships for $2,500 each.
    • Deadline: March 1st, 2021
  • SOULE Foundation Book Grant
    • The 2021 SOULE Foundation Book Grant (provided by the SOULE Foundation) was created to provide support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth of color who are currently pursuing a college degree. This book grant is a non-renewable awarded to cover books for the upcoming semester. Awards are paind in one installment, and mailed to the student's schools bursar specifically for books in the upcoming semester. 
    • Details of the book grant can be accessed on their website.
    • SOULE is awarding book grants of $250 each.
    • Deadline: August 20, 2021

DISCLAIMER: We do not sustain or update some of these scholarships, a few may be out of date.