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GALAS Academic Scholarships

GALAS’ academic scholarships have served as a critical resource for the LGBTQ+ Armenian community. We offer three scholarships: the GALAS Academic Scholarship and the Nyrie Sevan Gharibian Scholarship. 

Hope Scholarship - $1,000 USD

This newly-added scholarship is for a graduating high school senior of Armenian descent with a demonstrated involvement in LGBTQ+ inclusion and a confirmed plan and commitment to higher education.

GALAS Academic Scholarship - $1,000 USD

This scholarship is for an undergraduate, graduate, community college, trade school, certification, or fellowship student of Armenian descent with demonstrated LGBTQ+ activism.

Nyrie Sevan Gharibian Scholarship - $1,000 USD

This scholarship is in memory of late artist, activist, and GALAS community member Nyrie S. Gharibian. Preference will be given to undergraduate, graduate, community college, trade school, certification, or fellowship students of Armenian descent in the fields of Arts and Education, with demonstrated LGBTQ+ activism.

There is one application for all scholarships. All high school applicants will be considered for the Hope scholarship and all college-level students will be applicants will be automatically considered for both scholarships.


Please note:

  1. Applicant for the GALAS Academic Scholarship or the Nyrie Sevan Gharibian Scholarship must be a current student at a US university, community college, trade school, certification, or fellowship program or have proof of enrollment or acceptance in the next semester.

  2. Applicants must be studying at an institution in the U.S. (but don't have to be a US citizen).

  3. If selected as a recipient of a GALAS scholarship, you must provide GALAS with a W9 form and you will receive a 1099 document for your taxes.

  4. It may take up to 60 days for the funds to be disbursed.

  5. The applications will be reviewed by the GALAS Scholarships Selection Committee. Upon selection, recipients will be notified via the email address provided in the application.

If you have any questions, please email


Application deadline: April 30, 2024 at 11:59 pm PST.

Thank you so much for your interest in our scholarship program! We had many amazing applicants this year and are so grateful for everyone's support. We are currently evaluating this year's recipients. Please sign up for our mailing list to be informed when next year's applications open in early 2025.

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