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


  • 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(2) of five(5) essay questions outlined in the application.
  • Do not combine answers. Each essay answer must be at least a page in length.
  • Three(3) 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.


The Audre Lorde Scholarship is on hiatus temporarily! Check back periodically for announcements!