What We Do
We provide scholarships to law enforcement recruits who are “out” as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or a straight ally and who are outstanding role models for their fellow professionals.
Out To Protect Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations made to Out To Protect are fully tax deductible. We are a recognized and registered public benefit corporation. Our goal is to give out 90% or more of every donated dollar in the form of scholarships for GLBT students wishing to attend a law enforcement academy in the United States.
We also support educational programs and projects that increase the awareness and success of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender law enforcement professionals.
What to get involved? Our scholarships are funded entirely by private donations. We depend on the generosity of individuals who believe in our mission. Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender recruits are still very much a minority and they need our support. You can help to support the future of law enforcement by making a donation today. No amount is too small to make a big difference.
You can also help us spread the word about this scholarship opportunity. Tell your local police academy, law enforcement agency, or association about our scholarship program and ask them to inform their students. Post the link to this website on your social networking sites and “like” us on Facebook.
Out To Protect Incorporated was formed in 2009 by Greg Miraglia, then CEO of COFBTB Publications and author of “Coming Out From Behind The Badge,” and “American Heroes Coming Out From Behind The Badge.” In April of 2014, Coming Out From Behind The Badge became an educational initiative of Out To Protect Incorporated. 100% of all proceeds earned from the sale of both books goes toward funding our programs and scholarships.
How To Apply For A Scholarship
Scholarships are typically awarded in June and December each year. The amount of each scholarship is dependent on funding availability, but is at least $500 and as much as $1000 per award. Watch our News page for application deadlines. We also recommend signing up to be on our mailing list to receive announcements about scholarship opportunities. CLICK HERE for more information about our scholarship criteria.