Scholarships recognize the importance of education in strengthening our community through the preparation of future leaders within diverse communities and fields of interest.
The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund welcomes the opportunity to assist individuals and groups in developing scholarships targeting LGBT and allied students. Whether it’s to memorialize a departed loved one or colleague, or to advance learning in a particular field, please contact us about your interest in creating a scholarship.
We currently administer four scholarships:
The Kay Longcope Scholarship Award of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
The Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association
The Sean Halpin Memorial Scholarship Fund
Kay Longcope was a respected journalist who wanted to encourage diversity among LGBTI students interested in journalism careers. Through a bequest in her will with the guidance of her partner Barbara Wohlgemuth, Longcope has provided funds for this purpose and to be overseen by the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. This scholarship continues to fund a LGBT student of color who plan a career in journalism. For the complete application, please visit http://www.nlgja.org/students/longcope.htm. For questions, please contact Longcope@nlgja.org.
Leroy F. Aarons dedicated his life to journalism. He believed that the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community could advance if the news media did its job by simply telling the truth. This simple but visionary idea became the foundation for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). Aarons realized early that improving coverage had to start in the training camps for young journalists—the journalism schools at the nation’s colleges and universities. In NLGJA’s 15th year, the Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award was established to honor Aarons’ memory and continue the work he began when he founded NLGJA. For the complete application, please visit http://www.nlgja.org/students/aarons.htm. For questions, please contact Aarons@nlgja.org.
For continuing LGBT students attending law school in the greater Philadelphia region. For the application, please click here. For the guidelines and the general description of the Sean Halpin Memorial Scholarship Fund, click here. For any additional information, please contact DVLF.
The Human Rights Campaign lists over 200 LGBT-focused scholarships in their database. Check it out!
CollegeScholarships.org provides a listing of national and regional scholarships for LGBT students and students of LGBT parents.
Sapphire Fund's Tony Sparacino Memorial Scholarship honors the legacy of Tony Sparacino. To be eligible, applicants must be LGBT identified or supportive, enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in Philadephia, and seeking a degree in an art program/major.
The Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The application process is open to all LGBT students nationwide regardless of level of education.
The Lax Scholarship Fund at the Bread and Roses Community Foundation was established by the late entrepreneur Jonathan Lax. The fund supports gay men from or attending school in Philadelphia and the four surrounding counties.
FinAid.org is a general scholarship search engine. Information about various scholarships for LGBT students is available here.
FinaidFacts.org is a free scholarship and financial aid information website.