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Adam S. Kaplan Scholarship

Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc. (LIGALY) is proud to announce the 7th Annual Adam S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships are intended for LGBT identified students who are committed to affecting change in the LGBT community, 
are involved in a leadership role, and actively involved with helping other LGBT 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 LGBT youth. He was also involved with 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 LGBT leaders on Long Island an opportunity to receive a quality college education.

About the Scholarship

The Adam S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship will award up to two (2) young LGBT leaders who are graduating from high school in Spring 2015 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 LGBT 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 LGBT youth, (b) how they have helped create a better and safer society for LGBT 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 LGBT youth through activism, education and community involvement in the future. 

Support the Adam S. Kaplan Memorial Scholarship with a donation today. 


All completed applications must be received on or before April 1, 2016.

Application Instructions

First, download the PDF application by clicking here.

Please complete the application in either blue or black ink only and submit the application with your essay and two (2) letters of reference. 

Applications are due on or before April 1, 2016.  Late or Incomplete applications will not be considered. 


  • Must identify as LGBT;
  • Must be graduating in 2016;
  • Must be enrolled or enrolling in college for the upcoming Fall Semester;
  • Must have involvement in the LGBT community.

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