Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men

The Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education; to aspire to positions in which they contribute to society; to be out about their sexual orientation; and to act as role models for other gay men with similar potential.

Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 to gay men who live in the five-county Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties) and Camden County, who are matriculated in a degree program at an accredited college, graduate, or professional school anywhere, or to men attending such schools within the Philadelphia region. For more questions, please contact

2019 Jonathan Lax Scholarship

The deadline to apply for a 2019  Jonathan Lax Scholarship has passed.

If you’re considering applying in the future, we encourage you to watch this 10-minute informational video:

2018 Jonathan Lax Scholars

Patrick Kelly is pursuing a combined Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Master of Public Health degree at Temple University. He is currently training to become a nationally certified peer educator in wellness topics including sexual and gender identity.

Anthony Leon is studying for a J.D. at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. He is focusing on education law and hopes to become a legal advocate for LGBTQ students.

Jahad Martin is a first-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Sociology at the University of Maryland at Eastern Shore. He grew up in North Philadelphia and founded a youth empowerment group while in high school.

Luiz Ramirez currently works as the clinical coordinator of the counseling program at the Attic Youth Center. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and hopes to create new therapy interventions for LGBTQ people and their families.

Kyle Weaver is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. He grew up in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania and aspires to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion in the corporate sector.