Gaingels Scholarship

Gaingels Scholarship

Established in 2020, the Gaingels Scholarship program is dedicated to supporting need-based LGBTQIA+ and underrepresented students seeking to attend college, or to continue attending college.

Each year, Gaingels seeks to support via donor-funded grants an increasing number of need-based LGBTQIA+ and minority youth to attend, or complete their college of choice. At the end of the program recipients are invited to interview with Gaingels and several of our portfolio companies for potential summer internships.

We are inspired by our past recipients and their stories, and you can get a taste of the impact the program had on the dozen students we supported last year in this video:


The grants are intended primarily, though not exclusively, for city and state schools, and to be used in conjunction with other aid to reduce students' financial burden and future student debt. Students must attend or plan to attend an institution in the United States at this time.

Scholarship Grants: The Gaingels Scholarship fund grants $5,000 awards to need-based LGBTQIA+ and other diverse students. From 2020 through 2023, we have issued 99 scholarships for $495,000.

Mentorship: The grants are also targeted to be tied to mentorship, with each student paired to at least one mentor.

Internships: It's expected that each graduate of the program will secure interviews with Gaingels and several Gaingels portfolio companies, with the possibility of summer internship and possibly post-graduate opportunities made available to qualified candidates.

Fiscal Responsibility: 98.5% of donor money goes directly to the grant recipients. Thank you to the California Community Foundation for making this low overhead possible.

To Contribute to The Gaingels Scholarship fund, donate here:

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Gaingels Scholars - California Community Foundation

All contributions are fully tax deductible as the California Community Foundation is an eligible 501(c)3 non-profit organization

To Apply for a Gaingels Scholarship grant:

Please find more information, requirements, and how to apply here:

A) Create a log in here

B) Fill out an application here

If you have any direct questions, please email