Since Tagg Magazine's inception, it has been our dream to establish a scholarship fund for young queer women who are pursuing a college education. That dream turned into the Tagg Scholarship Fund, which was officially established in 2017.
Given the lack of diversity in leadership roles in companies across the country, We recognize the importance of identifying future business leaders in our community.
According to a study by the Williams Institute, fewer LGBTQ people of color have completed college than their non-LGBTQ peers — 17 percent compared with 25 percent, respectively. That report also states: “Without access to the same educational opportunities as their heterosexual black counterparts, LGBTQ African Americans aren’t given an equal shot at thriving — professionally, physically, mentally, or emotionally.”
Furthermore, we recognize that lesbians of color are less likely to be hired than their white counterparts, especially women who identify as masculine of center. Even within our own LGBTQ community, people of color — women, in particular — are underrepresented in leadership roles. For this reason, our scholarship fund focuses specifically on young queer women of color.
Every year, we select college-bound queer women of color who demonstrate community involvement, leadership, academic achievement, financial need.