Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc. (LIGALY) is proud to announce the 4th Annual Adam S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships are intended for GLBT identified students who are committed to affecting change in the GLBT community, are involved in a leadership role, and actively involved with helping other GLBT youth.
About Adam S. Kaplan
Adam S. Kaplan was the first youth member of the LIGALY Board of Directors in 1994 and went on to educate thousands of young people through speaking at more than 200 schools and appearing on numerous television shows to advocate for the rights and safety of GLBT youth. He also oversaw the opening of LIGALY’s first community center in 1995.
The Scholarship provides a legacy to Adam’s bright spirit and curious mind by giving other promising, young GLBT leaders on Long Island an opportunity to receive a quality college education.
The winners of the 2012 Scholarship: Jerome Rallo and Trista Cavanaugh
Jerome, a graduate of Commack High School and attending Salem State University in the fall, is involved in the LIGALY Advisory Board, TRUE, SNAP, and PEP. Trista, a recent graduate from West Bablyon High School, was the vice president of the school's GSA and an active member of the Safe Schools Team and the LIGALY Advisory Board
About the Scholarship
The Adam S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship will award up to two (2) young GLBT leaders who are graduating from high school in Spring 2013 and enrolling in College for the upcoming Fall semester a total of $1,000.00 ($500.00 for both the Fall and Spring semester). Scholarships are educational in nature and can be applied to tuition, books, fees and/or room & board.
The Adam S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship is open to all majors. Scholars are selected for an interview after careful review of the complete application, academic performance & interests, honors, and service to the GLBT community. Each applicant should submit at least two (2) letters of recommendation with the application.
Applicants will be required to submit an essay discussing: (a) their personal experience as a GLBT youth, (b) how they have helped create a better and safer society for GLBT youth and (c) how they hope to use their time in college and their education to further pursue their goals of creating safer spaces for GLBT youth through activism, education and community involvement in the future.
All completed applications must be received on or before March 29, 2013.