Frankel-Adair Scholarship for LGBT Students

Larry Frankel

Through a generous bequest from the Thomas T. Adair Trust, the American Civil Liberties Foundation of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the creation of the Frankel-Adair Scholarship for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Students. Named to honor the late Larry Frankel, former executive and legislative director of the ACLU-PA, and the benefactor, Thomas T. Adair, the scholarship will provide funding for post-secondary education to a student who resides in the Greater Philadelphia area. The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2014-15 school year.

According to the terms of the trust, the Frankel-Adair Scholarship Fund “shall be used for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students to enable or assist them to obtain post-secondary education of any type (college, technical, art, vocational or other education training programs) for students who reside in the Greater Philadelphia area.”

The Frankel-Adair Scholarship was designed with the goal of maximum inclusiveness: it is open to students studying part-time as well as full-time; it is available to students pursuing any post-secondary degree or certification program, and is not restricted to a four-year undergraduate or graduate degree-granting program; there are no limitations on the specific age of the recipient.


To be eligible, a candidate:

  • must identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender
  • must reside in the greater Philadelphia area
  • must be pursuing post-secondary education (may be enrolled or enrolling as a full-time or part-time student)

Application Process

To apply, please submit:

  • A cover letter that includes the following:

◊ Name
◊ Phone
◊ E-mail address
◊ Home address:
◊ Do you identify as gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender?
◊ Are you currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational program? (yes, no, part-time)
◊ If you are the recipient, may we use your name in the publicity surrounding this award?
◊ If you are the recipient, will you be willing to attend events surrounding this award?
◊ Please list the names and contact information of the two (2) people whom you have asked to write a letter of recommendation for you (see instructions):

  • Verification of your enrollment in a degree-granting or certification program at the start of the semester.
  • A document including all the following information:
    • Full name, address, phone number and e-mail address (if available).
    • Educational history – including all high school and post-secondary schools
    • Work experience (paid or volunteer)
    • Extracurricular activities and community service
    • Special skills, language, and any other information you would like us to know
  • Most recent official transcript (high school, college or program-related)
  • Personal essay of up to 1,000 words describing your experience, outlook or goals, and how the Frankel –Adair Scholarship would help
  • Short paragraph explaining how this award would affect you financially
  • Two (2) recommendations. (See Recommendation Form below)

Download Recommendation Form (Please print, scan and email form upon completion)

All materials (except letters of recommendation) should be assembled and sent as one complete application document to Subject line should be your full name and "Frankel-Adair Application."

Application Deadline

Applications for the Frankel-Adair Scholarship for the 2014-15 school year will be accepted from February 1, 2014, until April 30, 2014. All application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Contact us at or 215-592-1513.