About the Ramblers Scholarship

Established in 2016 by the New York Ramblers Soccer Club, the Ramblers Scholarship is the only award of its kind that supports undergraduate student athletes of all sports who are members or allies of the LGBTQIA2S+ community. 

Ramblers Scholars receive a one-time scholarship paid directly to their college or university to cover tuition fees, with two scholarships of $2,500 typically awarded each year after the January 1 – June 1 application process. Applicants from across the United States are reviewed based on their financial need, LGBT+ advocacy, leadership in sports, academic excellence, and potential for impact based on their career goals and aspirations. 

As the only scholarship of its kind geared specifically for LGBT+ student athletes, visibility for the Ramblers Scholarship has grown steadily over the years through targeted campaigns and word of mouth, having gone from initially receiving less than 20 applications to now more than 80 per year. As a volunteer, nonprofit organization, and the oldest LGBT+ soccer club in the world, the New York Ramblers and its partners understand just how important it is for LGBT+ youth advocates, balancing the pressures and responsibilities of being exceptional student athletes, to see that they are supported. With many applicants having shared both their accomplishments and hardships – from establishing gender-sexuality alliances in their schools to loved ones cutting off emotional and financial support simply for coming out – the Ramblers Scholarship serves a humble but vital resource for students to follow their dreams and create a positive impact in our community. 

Thanks in part to the generous support of our partners and sponsors, these LGBT+ student athletes are better equipped to become our leaders of tomorrow, going above and beyond to advance the Ramblers Soccer Club’s mission of building an inclusive atmosphere that is comfortable and fun for all people to enjoy the camaraderie of sport.

Scholarship Awardee Testimonial:

“What the Ramblers Scholarship means to me is encouragement in sports for the first time. It represents conquering years of microaggressions and homophobia for doing the thing I love and being good at it. This amazing award exclaims, ‘I see you, I accept you, and above all, I encourage you to continue to be authentically you.’ For many LGBT+ athletes, this is the first time they’ll hear this form of praise.” – John Dombrowski, 2019 Ramblers Scholar

The application process entails:

  • Completed application form

  • Five (5) brief essays

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

  • List of relevant honors and extracurricular activities

  • Copy of official transcripts

An eligible applicant is:

  • An athlete (all sports and athletic activities qualify);

  • 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 undergraduate college or university in the United States OR is an already matriculated US 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

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.

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

2020 Ramblers Scholars

We are incredibly proud to announce that Noah Mandel of Seton Hall University, Rothsaida Sylvaince of Harvard University and Marcus Lo of University of Southern California are the recipients of the 2019 NY Ramblers Scholarship—the world’s only scholarship for LGBT+ student athletes and allies!  Please join us in congratulating all three winners. 

Noah Mandel - $2,500

School: Seton Hall University

Sports: Figure Skating

Studies: Accounting

Rothsaida Sylvaince - $2,500

School: Harvard University

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field

Studies: History of Science, Public Health

Marcus Lo - $500 

School: University of Southern California

Sports: Golf, Wrestling, Water Polo

Studies: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship

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