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Apply for a scholarship

Students can apply to four scholarships awarded annually by DVLF and our partners from scholarship funds we manage.


The Kay Longcope Scholarship Award of the National  Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association 

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.

The Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award of the National  Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association 

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.


The Sean Halpin Memorial Scholarship Fund 

This scholarship is given to continuing LGBTQ students attending law school in the greater Philadelphia region. ​​

The Independence Business Alliance and
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund 

The Independence Business Alliance (IBA) and Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF), offer an annual scholarship to benefit a local, undergraduate student currently enrolled in a business related discipline within the Philadelphia region. Applications will be reviewed and selected by a small committee of IBA and DVLF Board members, as well as representatives of the IBA member business community. Both DVLF and the IBA view this collaboration as a tremendous opportunity to work together, enabling a community-minded and business-focused student to take one step closer to their goals.


The $2,500 scholarship is awarded for educational expenses to include tuition, books and supplies, and/or room and board. Where possible, the scholarship funds will be payable on the student’s behalf directly to the school. To be eligible to receive this award, an applicant must be (1) a self-identified LGBTQ student OR an allied student supportive of the LGBTQ community; (2) currently enrolled full-time at an accredited college or university in the Greater Philadelphia region (this includes Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware counties in PA; Mercer, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties in NJ; and New Castle County in DE); (3) working toward an undergraduate degree in a business program/major and (4) able to demonstrate leadership roles.


Applicants are reviewed on the basis of academic credentials, business interest, a letter of recommendation, leadership potential and roles, community service and involvement, financial need, future career goals, and an interview (when applicable).


For purposes of this award, a business program includes, but may not be limited to: Business Management, Finance, Leadership, Organizational Development, Organizational Dynamics, Entrepreneurship, Economics, and/or Accounting, or any combination of major/minor encompassing these subject areas.

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