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The San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition strives to be a haven for OUR community. As your central hub for LGBTQ Black life, our primary focus is connecting you to resources, events, and outlets that support and enrich your life, and providing opportunities to strengthen the community in which we live.


In order to benefit Black LGBTQ individuals and families, the "Coalition" organizes unique events aligned with our vision of becoming a "strong, sustained and connected" community.  Our flagship Annual Conference is a vibrant gathering of Black, Queer culture.  Distinctively themed each year, the conference is both a reflection and a celebration of our lives, challenges, and transformation. Our social mixers and events create space for the community to gather, connect, and exist in space together, while our community outreach events allows us to engage with the larger San Diego community.  

Description of Award:

Previous Treasurer, Tyquan Moore, dreamed of the Coalition providing financial support to members of the Black LGBTQ community who excelled in academics.  Moore thought to name such a scholarship fund after the Coalition’s first official President, Damon J. Shearer.  Shearer, a passionate educator, spent years guiding the Coalition and working to strengthen our Black LGBTQ community. 


Top 4 selected winners will receive a $2,500 scholarship.



You are eligible for the scholarship if you are a current high school senior attending college in the 2023/24 academic year or a college student currently enrolled in a program, identify as LGBTQ, being or identifying as Black or part of the African Diaspora and have at least a 2.5 unweighted cumulative GPA or a 3.4 weighted cumulative GPA. You must also be a resident of the San Diego area. Awards are based on financial need, your scholarship application essay, and past academic performance. We will consider applications that don’t meet the GPA threshold with a supplemental explanation.

Application Process:

Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Submit the form below, a 500 word essay (details below), academic transcripts from current college/university, and a requested picture.

You may also submit a video in supplement to your written essay.  The video should explain why you should be selected for the scholarship and your goals to empower/help the Black LGBTQ community.  The video needs to be no less than 2 minutes and no longer than 5 minutes.


All applications are due by June 30th 2023. You will be notified of your application status no later than August 1st 2023.


Contact if you have any questions about the application process.

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You must read these Terms and Conditions in their entirety.


You consent to the disclosure of required information as part of signing the application.

You consent to providing necessary information for competitive scholarship selection and certify that you meet the aforementioned qualifications to be considered for the scholarship.

You understand and consent to the Coalition obtaining confirmation regarding your school enrollment, Grade Point Average/Grades, and/or income verification. The Coalition will keep the information confidential and it will only be used for consideration of your application.

You consent to the publishing of related information on social media if selected as a recipient. 

You affirm and certify that all the information and answers to questions herein are complete, true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief.  You understand that any misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of any facts called for in the application may render this application void and will be cause for disqualification, whenever discovered.  


By submitting an application for our scholarship, you simultaneously acknowledge and agree to these terms and conditions.

Thank you for submitting! Only complete applications will be received and reviewed. You will be notified by email of the Scholarship Committee's decision no later than August 1st, 2023. School enrollment will need to be verified before receiving scholarship funds.

The San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition wants to help you go to college!
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