The Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund congratulates Lakara Foster who was awarded the 2018 “Maria Helena Dolan Trailblazer Scholarship.” Lakara is a first-year doctoral student at ITC (Interdenominational Theological Center) Atlanta, GA. She demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement and community service. The Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund is a program founded by ZAMI NOBLA: National Organization of Black Lesbians on Aging to provide educational scholarships of $1,000 or more to black lesbians and lesbians of color 40 years old and older attending an accredited college or university anywhere in the contiguous United States. Please watch our website: for information about additional 2018 scholarships, including application criteria and deadlines. The application period for these scholarships will begin on February 18, 2018, and close on May 18, 2018. Please mark your calendar for the scholarship celebration taking place on Saturday, September 22, 2018.


ZAMI NOBLA accepts donations year round for the Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund.

What is the Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund

From 1995- 2008, the Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund, founded by Mary Anne Adams and administered by ZAMI: Atlanta’s Premiere Organization for Lesbians of African Descent based in Atlanta, Georgia awarded over $200,000 in scholarships and expenses to out LGBT students of color globally. In 2013, the scholarship fund was re- launched by ZAMI NOBLA to provide scholarship assistance solely to black lesbians and lesbians of color over 40 in the United States


The Audre Lorde Scholarship Awards are designed to recognize out* black lesbians and lesbians of color making significant contributions to their communities. ZAMI NOBLA wants to support and encourage their continuing education by providing scholarships to those women enrolled in accredited technical, undergraduate and graduate programs.
*Out is defined as an acknowledgement of lesbian identify to self, and to family, friends, and community.


  • An out black lesbian or lesbian of color who is 40 years old or older attending any technical, undergraduate or graduate school located in the United States
  • Accepted or registered at a post-secondary educational institution for full or part-time attendance as defined by the institution
  • Cumulative high school/college/or technical school grade point average of 3.0 or higher

Please do not submit an application if you do not meet the eligibility requirements as your application will not be reviewed. No exceptions to the eligibility requirements are considered. The Fund does not offer scholarships for weekend programs, summer sessions, research, special projects, or for study out of the country.


  • Submit official/unofficial up- to- date academic transcript (s) supporting the GPA entered on your application. You may send transcripts only from your most recent school(s), provided two semesters of study are included.
  • Acceptance letter if you are an entering freshman or transfer student.
  • Completion of two of five essay questions outlined in the application.
  • Do not combine answers. Each essay answer must be at least a page in length.
  • Three letters of recommendations~ one must be from a teacher/ professor, one must be from a supervisor/ mentor, and one from an activist/organizer in the LGBT community. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • A recent photograph suitable for publication; i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality headshot photograph. We prefer to receive photographs by email. Application will not be accepted if a clean headshot is not enclosed, no exceptions.


Black Lesbians and lesbians of color interested in applying should complete and submit their application online or complete, print, and mail the form to:

P.O. Box 90986
Atlanta, Georgia 30364

If mailed, we cannot confirm receipt of your application; therefore we recommend you use a delivery confirmation and tracking system, such as the USPS registered mail.

We prefer that all application materials be submitted at one time. If the references or transcript(s) are submitted under at separate times, the student is responsible for making sure we receive it on or before the deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed, no exceptions. Early applications are encouraged. Recipients may re- apply each year.

Awards are for the current academic year only and by law are paid directly to the recipient and the academic institution. Please send proof of official registration to ZAMI NOBLA at the beginning of the school year.

A scholarship committee reviews applications. Finalists may be invited to participate in a telephone interview.

Checks not processed with the academic institution within 90 days of receipt will be rendered null and void by the Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund.

Audre Lorde Scholarship Fund Application: Deadline May 18, 2018

  • Applicant Email Address. Submission Confirmation will be sent to this email address.
  • Permanent Address (if different from mailing address)
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  • Essay Questions

    Please write a 2 -3 page essay answering two of the five following questions. Please do not combine questions.
    1. How important is being “out” for you? We are especially interested in hearing about important experiences, interests, and abilities as they intersect sexual identity, race, disability, class, age and gender.
    2. What are your dreams for the future? When you look back on your life in twenty years, what would it take for you to consider that you have successfully aged? How does this particular scholarship fit into your plans for the future?
    3. How would your friends characterize you as a lesbian leader/activist/organizer/scholar? What would they write about if they were writing your scholarship essay for you?
    4. Consider your favorite books, movies, works of art, etc. have these influenced your life in a meaningful way? Why are they your favorites?
    5. What was the most difficult time in your life and why? How did your perspective on life change as a result of the difficulty?

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  • I declare that the information provided above and attached is both accurate and truthful, and I will refund my scholarship if it is not. Deadline for application submission is May 18, 2018. Awardees will be notified on or before July 18, 2018.