LGBTQ & Ally Scholarship

This scholarship is in honor of Mary Finley and Dan Emenheiser. The need for safe spaces prompted the creation of UNT’s Ally Training program. Dan Emenheiser, Mary Finley, and Sue Young, consulting with a team of faculty and staff from various departments on the UNT campus (including the Division of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access, University Union, Student Development, Human Resources, Housing and Residence Life and Public Affairs and Information Services), launched the Ally Training program in the spring of 1999.


The Finseth-Hawkins Scholarship

A scholarship for undergraduate students whose gender identity is different than the sex assigned at birth and who are transitioning or have completed transition and are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

In addition, to be considered for the Finseth-Hawkins Scholarship an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment as an undergraduate student majoring within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, unless the student is nearing completion of their degree program and does not need full-time enrollment.
  3. Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent) at the time of application.
  4. Complete the scholarship application form and submit email address of Professor/Instructor for letter of recommendation, (UNT Professor/Instructor is preferred), transcripts of all collegework (these can be unofficial) or high school work (entering freshman only), along with a general narrative essay and an additional narrative essay.
  5. General narrative statement should be one page (single spaced) describing your academic background, career aspirations, extracurricular interests, and how this scholarship would benefit you.
  6. Your additional narrative essay should be one page (single spaced) detailing your experience with your gender identity and how this scholarship would support your personal well being. You may carry over details from your general essay. This additional essay is required for this scholarship so our committee can know to consider you for this particular award. If this is a sensitive matter to disclose, you may email to notify your intent and need for this award alongside submitting an application.

Please use the online application form linked in the button below. This scholarship cannot be awarded to a previous recipient. Any question can be sent to

DEADLINE DATE for Academic Year 2022-2023 is March 1st 2022 at 8:00 a.m. (start of business day). We will accept letters of recommendation through 5:00 p.m. (end of business day) March 11th.


Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ+ and Ally Law Students

Each year, three scholarships of $2,500 each will be given to one incoming 1L, one rising 2L, and one rising 3L/4L. The LGBT Bar’s Scholarship Committee will evaluate each of the applicants by June 1 of each calendar year, and decisions will be based in significant part upon demonstrated commitment to working though the law to achieve equality for LGBTQ+ people. Funds are granted on an unrestricted basis and may be used for tuition, housing, books, transportation, living expenses, bar application/study expenses, or any other law school-related expense. More details regarding the scholarship fund can be found through the link below. In addition to our new scholarship fund, we have also launched a listing of external scholarships that incoming and current LGBTQ+ law students are particularly encouraged to apply for.


National Scholarship Opportunities for LGBTQIA+ Students

"Whether you're jetting off to a four-year university or on the hunt for a field-specific internship, this guide of nearly 200 financial awards, internships, and nonprofit resources for LGBTQ students and allies is a good place to start."