• ​Applicants with residency within the New England area (Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Rhode Island, and Connecticut) are eligible for this scholarship.  

  • Applicants must be entering an accredited institution of higher learning no later than the following fall semester from the award year.

  • Scholarships are not limited to first-year college students or undergraduates. Master's and Ph.D. candidates are encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants may apply for the scholarship one time per degree program.

  • To be considered, applicants must fully complete either the online application or the downloadable application and ensure that all required documentation (references, certificates, etc.) are attached and sent to the Scholarship Committee by 4:30 pm est, via the submission tab online, or to:

            RBPA Scholarship Fund, Inc

            P.O. Box 11148

            Portland, Maine 04104

  • Scholarship recipients are selected by the Scholarship Committee, which reviews the applications and selects three recipients.

  • In April, scholarship recipients will be notified and required to attend the May Awards Banquet held in Portland, Maine.


Please EMAIL any questions concerning the scholarship application.

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Thank you RBPA!  I am now a college graduate!


Established in 1997, the RBPA Scholarship Fund, Inc. was originally funded by a donation from Carolyn Jalbert in memory of her partner, Donna Tennant, one of the founding members of RBPA. Today we fund the annual scholarships from generous donations made by RBPA members, sponsorships, and contributors in the community throughout the year, and through our annual RBPA Auction each December.

Since the first award of $500 in 1998, the Scholarship Fund has grown steadily. In 2005 the RBPA Scholarship Fund established an endowment fund, with an initial investment of $10,000 and in 2007, we were able to increase the endowment fund by another $10,000. We are proud to have arrived at this goal, because it will enable scholarships to be awarded to worthy students for years to come. It is a tribute to the support we receive from the LGBTQIA community and allies and from our membership.

For more information about the RBPA Scholarship Fund, Inc., please call RBPA at (207) 775-0077, email to, or write to RBPA Scholarship Fund, Inc., PO Box 11148, Portland, ME 04104.

RBPA Scholarship Fund, Inc is a 501(c)(3) registered non profit organization.  Donations are tax deductible.