About the Ramblers Scholarship

Established in 2016, the New York Ramblers Scholarship supports young student athletes who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI) or as demonstrated and committed allies. Awardees will receive a one-time scholarship, paid directly to their school, covering tuition fees. Up to two scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded publicly each summer.

The application process is open annually from January 1 – June 1. Applicants are required to fill out and submit their application, including five (5) brief essays, two (2) letters of recommendation, and a list of relevant honors and awards.

We’re proud to expand the Ramblers family to include student athletes pursuing higher education who are committed to serving the LGBTQI community. We hope that this financial support will positively reinforce their pride in our community and assist them as they follow their educational and career ambitions. 

Help us share this opportunity with qualified young people and with the individuals and organizations working with them. We aim to grow the Ramblers Scholarship Fund to support more and more young people each year. If you would like to make a donation, please use the button below. For more information on the scholarship, contact Community Liaison Evan Phalon at committee@nyramblers.com.

Who Should Apply

An eligible applicant is:

  • An athlete;
  • An open and self- identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex person; or a demonstrated and committed ally;
  • A graduating high school student who plans to attend a recognized college or university in the United States OR is an already matriculated undergraduate college student; and
  • Between the age of 15- and 21-years-old (depending on age at time of high school graduation)

The ideal scholarship candidate will:

  • Have a clearly described need for financial support
  • Be significantly impacted by this scholarship
  • Be able to articulate their personal and professional goals
  • Be involved in extracurricular activities with demonstrated passion and commitment
  • Show leadership in academics, extracurriculars, and/or athletics
  • Have a reasonable probability of completing their degree
  • Demonstrate an interest in community service, involvement, or volunteerism

*** Applications: January 1 – June 1 ***



2018 Ramblers Scholar

Dear Ramblers –

Now in its third year, we’re proud to announce that the winner of the 2018 Ramblers Scholarship is – Michaela Rogers! We received a record number of submissions this year, but Michaela’s stood out. Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, the 19-year-old sophomore is studying marine science at Boston University, where she’s an active member of the swim team.

Michaela’s parents were never accepting of her sexuality – so much so that they once filed a police report against her girlfriend and eventually stopped supporting her with her college tuition payments. We all have our coming out stories and our struggles, but as Michaela’s coach put it – no one should be held hostage financially or emotionally by their loved ones because of their sexuality. 

We were so impressed by Michaela’s determination to stay on track and turn a disheartening situation into a positive one. Instead of giving in, she came up with a plan to overload her courses so she can finish school early and lessen the financial burden. This is no easy task, especially while balancing the responsibilities of a student athlete, combining her love of sport and marine science to one day become a research diver. On top of it all, she finds the time to give back to the community through talks she gave to her class about her coming out story and through her commitment to her local Athlete Ally chapter.

Michaela’s story really moved us, and it helped us recognize our ability to act. She embodies what it means to be a Ramblers Scholar and the inclusive mission of our league – working to build an atmosphere that’s fun and comfortable for all people to enjoy the camaraderie of sport. We’re proud to welcome her into our family as our third Ramblers Scholar.

As we continue to grow the scholarship program, it’s worth calling out just how unique it is and the niche it fills. Through our new awareness campaign, we leveraged a paid social strategy that expanded our reach resulting in far more applications than we’ve ever received. We realized there aren’t many other grant opportunities out there like ours – which is why we’re determined to remain a resource for a growing number of deserving youth.

As we enter the fundraising stage of the scholarship’s lifecycle, we’re reminded of the generosity of its initial benefactor, who recognized our club’s unique platform to give back to our community. Stay tuned for updates on scholarship fundraiser activities and news about the 2019 application process, which begins in January. As always, we ask that you help us get the word out about this opportunity, and should you feel so inspired, donations can be made directly through our website. Your continued support is immensely appreciated and a testament to what brings us all together as Ramblers.