GLBA: The Gay & Lesbian Business Association of Santa Barbara
Student Scholarships

Scholarship Award RecipientsGLBA invests in future LGBT leadership by providing a scholarship program to help advance the educational goals of gay and lesbian students in Santa Barbara County. GLBA is the ONLY source of scholarships for gay and lesbian students in the County. Your support is invited through the GLBA Scholarship Fund; all donations are qualified by the IRS as tax-deductible.

While some national organizations have told our gay youth they are unwelcome, asserting that gay youth do not meet their leadership or membership standards, these grants are our way of telling our youth they EXCEED those standards and we are proud of them. We believe a little friendly support and encouragement goes a long way for students who often face personal hardship and rejection due to their sexual orientation.

GLBA currently maintains four scholarship endowment funds:

    This endowment was created on April 3, 2005, in memory of our dear friend and supporter. A resident of Santa Barbara for over three decades, an entrepreneur, noted decorator, and generous supporter of local causes, Carl supported equality, diversity, and GLBA’s student scholarship endeavors for many years. Carl also raised and schooled many young people. Carl’s family and friends are happy to see the Adelhardt name on a scholarship that will keep on giving in perpetuity.
    As Claude Raffin and Jon Gathercole have provided exceptional and ongoing support for GLBA, this endowment (begun in 2003) is dedicated to helping LGBT youth succeed and achieve academically.
    This endowment is named after Robert Johns, a prominent local cosmetologist and businessman. In 2003, this endowment was funded to ensure that vocational students have opportunities to succeed in professional goals.
    This scholarship is named for the well-known Santa Barbara contractor whose generous bequest upon his death in 2000 ensured grants would be available to help gay and lesbian youth in the future.
Robert Johns (L) & Carl Joseph Adelhardt (R)
Claude Raffin (L) & John Gathercole (R)
Robert Johns (L) & Carl Adelhardt (R)
Claude Raffin (L) & John Gathercole (R)

Donations may be directed to the GLBA general fund, any of the endowments, or individuals may perpetuate their commitment and memorialize a loved one through the GLBA Scholarship Endowment Program.

Contributions and gifts are tax deductible under IRS section 501(c)3. You can make a donation online, or Contact Us with inquiries about the application process.

Scholarships are awarded based upon the potential for lasting contribution to the Santa Barbara gay and lesbian community, career goals, and financial need. Please see the cover letter from Chairman John Chufar for further information.

Past awards have gone to a broad range of recipients including graduating high school seniors entering college for the first time, continuing university students, community college students, trade school students, and those reentering the workforce or advancing their professional goals. The amount and number of scholarships awarded varies each year according to the amount of donations received.

Scholarship eligibility requires:

  • Attendance at a post-secondary institution in Santa Barbara County
  • Completion of an application, including statements of:
    • Community involvement;
    • Financial need
  • Submission of:
    • An autobiography/personal statement;
    • A copy of current college and/or high school transcripts;
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a community member and the other from a teacher or faculty member at your institution.

All application materials must be received by GLBA no later than July 30th to qualify for the upcoming school year. Mail to: GLBA Scholarship ~ P.O. Box 90907 ~ Santa Barbara, CA 93190-0907.

Individuals may apply for and receive GLBA scholarships for a maximum of four academic years. Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions in September and awards will be granted no later than October. If you have questions, please write to the above address or contact John Chufar at (805) 684-4442.


Point Foundation Invites Applications for LGBTQ Student Scholarships

Posted: 15 Nov 2012 09:22 AM PST
Foundation: The Point Foundation
Due Date: Deadline: January 14, 2013
Primary Subject: Education
Secondary Subject(s): LGBTQ
Geographic Funding Area: National
Link to Full Announcement

Point Scholarships are designed to help promising LGBTQ students achieve their full academic and leadership potential despite obstacles. Scholars must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement, and financial need. Scholarships provide approximately $25,000 per scholar, per year. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development training with fellow Point Scholars, including an annual leadership conference. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2013-14 school year are eligible to apply for the multiyear scholarships.

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The GLBA scholarship application is available in both Microsoft Word and PDF format. Please right click the appropriate link and select "Save File As" to download an application.

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Scholarship Application
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