Frankel-Adair Scholarship for LGBT Students

Larry Frankel

The Frankel-Adair scholarship provides $1,500 in support of post-secondary education to an L/G/B/T student residing in the Greater Philadelphia area. The scholarship honors the late Larry Frankel, former executive and legislative director of the ACLU-PA, and the benefactor, Thomas T. Adair.

According to the terms of the bequest, 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.

Eligibility

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 or resume that includes 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)

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

Application Deadline

Applications for the Frankel-Adair Scholarship for the 2015-16 school year will be accepted from February 1, 2015, until April 30, 2015. All application materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2015. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Contact us at frankelscholarship@aclupa.org or 215-592-1513.