The 2024 UGLA Scholarship Program

Four-year colleges and universities

Since 2021, the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance has awarded $28,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Los Angeles County high schools who were going on to four-year colleges and universities. To receive one of those scholarships, recipients successfully demonstrated their advocacy for social justice, focusing on issues such as inclusion, equality, and opportunity for members and allies of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer community.


UGLA is continuing this program for 2024, awarding scholarships at the $2,500 and $1,500 levels to seniors  graduating  from  high  schools  in  Los  Angeles  County who demonstrate similar advocacy to social justice issues for the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. The 2024 scholars, along with those from previous years, will play a critical role in the ongoing struggle for social justice … helping reinforce UGLA’s advocacy of these social justice issues.



How do I apply for an UGLA Scholarship?


It’s very simple.


First, complete and submit the online application form. (There is a link at the bottom of this page.) This application provides basic information about you to our reviewers.


Second, provide some additional information about yourself. This information will give UGLA reviewers a “picture” of you and how well you meet our criteria for a successful applicants.

  • Current transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A personal statement to introduce yourself to UGLA reviewers
  • A letter of acceptance from the college or university you plan to attend


To begin the application process, click the “Application” button below. After you complete the online application and submit it, you will receive an email with two PDF attachments.

  • A checklist with a complete description of the additional information you must provide
  • Information about the letter of recommendation you need to request.


Both your online application and your additional information must be received by UGLA no later than April 30, 2024.


If you are selected to receive an UGLA Scholarship Award, you will be expected to attend the UGLA Scholarship Award Ceremony on June 9, 2024 at 2:00pm. It will be held in the northeast Los Angeles area, with details provided later.


To stay up to date …

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Two-year colleges

In 2023, UGLA began a scholarship program for students who are enrolled in coursework at Glendale Community College and Pasadena City College. These scholarships are administered by the cooperating community colleges and are available to students pursuing two-year degree and vocational education programs. For information on Glendale Community College scholarships, click here. For information on Pasadena City College scholarships, click here.


For those interested in vocational education programs, there are many other sources of support. To see an example in the field of cosmetology, visit the “financial aid” section of the Beauty Schools Directory website.

To find the latest information about this aspect of our program, click here to visit our Instagram page.


Tips for all high school students thinking about college

Click here to open a file providing links to four articles from the University of Rochester. These articles provide tips for high school juniors and seniors looking ahead to college, ideas about choosing high school electives to improve your readiness for college, and suggestions for writing your best application essay.


You might wish to save this file on your device for future reference.



For members and friends of UGLA

If you are interested in helping support our youth through the UGLA Scholarship Program, click on the “Support” button below.