Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men

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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

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The 2020 Jonathan Lax Scholars are:

Matt Falsetta is a graduate student at Temple University, where he is pursuing a masters in Secondary Education – K-12 World Languages. While attending graduate school, he works as a Spanish Teacher at Mayfair School in Philadelphia where he is honored to represent the LGBTQ community in a K-12 urban setting.

Daniel Mack is a graduate student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he is pursuing a masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Throughout his life he has led student organizations that support the LGBTQIA community, and he now mentors Philadelphia youth.

Bryce Nguyen is an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is pursuing a BA in Economics. After experiencing first-hand the vigil after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in his hometown of Orlando, FL on the night before the anniversary of his coming out, Bryce was inspired to dive into LGBT life on campus, working with the on-campus LGBT community as well as campus administrators to make a safer space and break down stigmas.

Maddox O’Rourke is graduating from an international high school in Japan, after which he hopes to study international relations or psychology in college. As a queer and transgender man, Maddox has worked within his school’s Rainbow Alliance to restructure club leadership and open campus-wide discussions with each dormitory regarding sexuality and gender. He has also worked to found an organization called Project Koe which works to give voice to the LGBTQ+ community in Karuizawa emphasizing marriage equality and bullying prevention. 

Julian Roberson is a graduate student in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania where he is pursuing a masters in Business Administration. After growing up in a hyper-masculine family, Julian first got involved in an LGBTQ affinity group at his workplace, where he arranged sponsorship for DC Black Pride. He is now working in his university’s LGBTQ affinity group to build workshops and provide resources for marginalized communities that are working to penetrate homogenous organizations. 

Apply for the Jonathan Lax Scholarship

The deadline to apply for the Jonathan Lax Scholarship was on February 17, 2021

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