Samara Fund Scholarships

The Samara Scholarship was established in 2000 as an investment in the future of Vermont students who oppose discrimination and prejudice and who stand for the elimination of homophobia.

The Samara Scholarship is designed to recognize Vermont high school students who demonstrate, through personal experiences and/or public commitments, a dedication to the interests of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community.

Who May Apply?

The applicant must:

  • be a Vermont resident
  • be a graduating high school senior or receiving a GED by the end of the current academic year
  • plan to further formal education training in any area, be it academic, vocational, technical, or the arts, in the following academic year
  • demonstrate, through personal experiences and/or public commitment, a dedication to the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning community

How Much Are The Awards?

The awards vary by year but typically range between $750 and $1,000.

How Do I Apply?

The application process is completed through VSAC Scholarship Program's unified application. For a printed copy of VSAC's scholarships booklet, visit your high school guidance office in late October or email to receive a copy through the mail. The VSAC application can be completed online: 

VSAC Scholarship Programs
Champlain Mill
P.O. Box 2000
Winooski, Vermont 05404

Toll-free: 1-888-253-4819
Burlington area: 655-9602


Scholarship Advisory Committee

  • Kate Jerman
  • Rory Malone
  • Melissa Murray
  • Thomas Renner
  • James Sanchez
  • Susan Sussman
  • Kevin Wiberg
  • Jordan Young

If you are interested in participating on the Samara Scholarship Advisory Committee, please contact scholarships chair for the Samara Fund at