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

The 2019 Jonathan Lax Scholars are:

Luke Aylward is an undergraduate student at Haverford College studying political science. Drawing from his experience as a first generation college student, Luke has become an advocate for students on campus fighting for equal access to college resources. Luke has worked with AIDS Fund Philly and now works with Prevention Point.

James Joshua Coleman is a doctoral candidate in the Reading, Writing, and Literacy program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Through his research, Josh seeks to redesign the homophobic conditions of children’s literature and literacy in U.S. schools.

David Harvey is a graduate student at Bryn Mawr College pursuing a Master of Social Services degree. He has worked with Equality PA, Young People in Recovery, and Prevention Point. David is passionate about harm reduction and wants to use his education to help queer populations deal with substance use conditions.

Cameron McConkey is a graduate student at Drexel University in the Dornsife School of Public Health pursuing a Master of Public Health degree and a post-master’s certificate in LGBTQ health. Cameron has been a steadfast advocate for LGBTQ health equity in schools, in the community, and with Philadelphia FIGHT.

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: