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Acorn Equality Fund Scholarships

Offered by Acorn Equality Fund

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 2, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Application deadline:

September 22, 2023

Scholarship Overview

Are you an LGBTQ+ individual, an ally, or a child or LGBTQ+ parents? Further, do you live in Illinois and will soon be attending a postsecondary educational institution? If so, you may be eligible for the Acorn Equality Fund Scholarships! Each year, the scholarships provide between $1,000 and $4,000 to eligible applicants. There are five separate scholarships available: The Acorn Scholarship, Central Illinois Friends Scholarship, Korty & Morton Scholarship, the Luke Scholarship, and the McKeon Scholarship. Just bear in mind that while you may apply to multiple scholarships, they all have separate applications and you may only receive a maximum of one scholarship. The scholarships are all funded by the Acorn Equality Fund, “a grassroots nonprofit organization that provides financial support for the advancement of education, health, and civil rights of LGBTQ+ persons and their allies.” 

To find out if you’re from an eligible Illinois county, keep on reading! If you fit the criteria, we encourage you to apply and wish you luck!

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to incoming and current university students who meet the below eligibility requirements. Applicants must be from any Illinois county except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will.

Grade Level

High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA


Other Category




Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials.

1,000-word essay

Academic transcript

Letter of Recommendation


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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Acorn Equality Fund at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the Acorn Equality Fund Scholarships is not renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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