“The civil rights struggle never ends. The more we know about the struggles of the past, the more prepared we are about the struggles for the future. Civil rights are a lifelong struggle. I am counting on all of them (youth) to take a little bit of what we have done and make it their own, moving the LGBT lifestyle forward.” –Larry T. Baza

What: Larry T. Baza Memorial Scholarship Fund
Who: This scholarship provides a measure of financial stability to students living in San Diego, Northern Baja California and/or Imperial County region who are both LGBTQ+ and one of the following identities: Chicana/o/x, Latinx, or Chamorro (Guamanian).
Why: Larry T. Baza was a fierce advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, and for the arts and artists—especially BIPOC artists. He frequently called on LGBTQ+ youth to carry on the legacy of those who came before him. This scholarship has been created in his honor as a way to support youth/young adults in their path to seeking education and training.

Donate to the Larry T. Baza Memorial Scholarship Fund here.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Provide proof of acceptance to or enrollment in community college located in San Diego or Imperial County Region;
  2. Attach a video, audio, visual, or written essay on any obstacles you had to overcome in pursuit of attending college. (Between 300 – 500 words or equivalent for non-written formats);
  3. Complete this application questionnaire

All applications received will be reviewed by a selections committee and will be reviewed based on the submitted essay/video. Awardees may apply for four consecutive years. If you apply and do not receive the scholarship, we encourage you to apply again in the future.

Grant recipients will be notified in March 2022.

If you have any questions, please email scholarships@lambdaarchives.org