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Now accepting applications for the scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Applications due on or before February 17, 2015.

The Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association (“the Mass. LGBTQ Bar”) is pleased to announce its eighth annual Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship Award in the amount of $2,500.  The Scholarship will be awarded to one law student for the 2015-2016 academic year to defray the costs associated with law school such as tuition, fees, books, and similar school-related expenses. 

Alexander “Alec” G. Gray, Jr., was a dynamic and important contributor to the work of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar.  He served on the Mass. LGBTQ Bar (then, MLGBA) Board from 2002 until 2005.  He was an energetic participant in the Bar’s mentor program.  He was serious about mentoring LGBTQ law students and new lawyers and developed lasting relationships with his mentees, formal and informal.  Alec will long be remembered for his dedication to public service, his advocacy on behalf of children, and his deep commitment to all that he undertook.  In his legal career, Alec remained dedicated to public service.  He served as an Assistant Attorney General, as General Counsel to the Department of Social Services, as Executive Director of the Adoption Center, as Chief Operating Officer of Concord-Assabet Family and Adolescent Services, and as General Counsel to the Trial Court.  Alec died on August 15, 2005, after a brief and courageous struggle with melanoma.  This Scholarship honors Alec’s outstanding work as a lawyer and his dedication to the Mass. LGBTQ Bar, particularly his mentorship of new lawyers. 

Founded in 1985, the Mass. LGBTQ Bar is a state-wide professional association of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer lawyers and our allies providing a visible LGBTQ presence within the Massachusetts legal community.  The Mass. LGBTQ Bar is open to all members of the legal profession, including practicing lawyers, judges, law professors, students, and paralegals.  The Mass. LGBTQ Bar devotes its energy and resources to a variety of civic and professional activities at the local, state, and national levels.  For more information about the Mass. LGBTQ Bar, please see our website at www.masslgbtqbar.org.

The Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship Award will be awarded each academic year to a law student who demonstrates a commitment to and involvement in the LGBTQ community, leadership, maturity, and responsibility.  Other indicia of excellence (including positive personal, professional or academic traits) will also be considered.  The Mass. LGBTQ Bar Board of Directors will select the recipient of the scholarship, based on recommendations by the Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship Committee, a subset of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Outreach Committee.

To apply for and be eligible for the Scholarship, candidates must meet all of the terms and conditions set forth below and must complete and return the Application Form, by mail or email, to: Robert L. (“Rob”) Quinan, Jr., c/o Office of the Attorney General, One Ashburton Place, 20th floor,  Boston, MA 02110 (Robert.Quinan@state.ma.us), along with all required submissions (see below).  All materials must be received on or before Tuesday, February 17, 2015 for consideration.  Finalists may be interviewed by one or more members of the Scholarship Committee.

The 2015-2016 recipient of the Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award will be announced at the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Annual Dinner in May 2015.  The recipient must attend the Mass. LGBTQ Bar Annual Dinner to accept the Scholarship award in person.  For more information, or questions, please contact Rob Quinan, Robert.Quinan@state.ma.us, (617) 963-2554 (office).


To be eligible to receive the Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Award, a candidate must:
  1. Be enrolled for the 2015-2016 academic year and be in good standing at a law school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
  2. Be a student member of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar.  Student membership is complimentary, and membership applications (available at http://www.masslgbtqbar.org/) may be submitted with scholarship materials;
  3. Submit one (1) letter of recommendation written by a person not related to the candidate, preferably a professor, employer, or work colleague.  The letter should address the candidate’s eligibility for the Gray Scholarship, including community service, leadership, maturity and responsibility, as well as other qualifications to receive the award;
  4. Complete the Application Form, and return it, by mail or email, along with a law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable), a resume, and letter of recommendation, to Robert L. Quinan, Jr., c/o Office of the Attorney General, One Ashburton Place, 20th floor,  Boston, MA 02110 (Robert.Quinan@state.ma.us).

All materials must be received on or before Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

The recipient of the scholarship will be selected by the Board of Directors of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar, upon the recommendation of the Scholarship Committee.  Officers and voting directors of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar and members of the Scholarship Committee, and their immediate family members, are ineligible for the Scholarship.

All application materials submitted will become the property of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar.


The Mass LGBTQ Bar encourages all members, friends, and allies to contribute to the Gray Scholarship Fund. Your contributions honor Alec’s memory and his commitment to mentorship of young lawyers.

Contributions to the Gray Scholarship Fund are tax deductible, thanks to the assistance of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. By making a gift, you will honor Alec’s life and work, and you will signal your commitment to the next generation of lawyers committed to LGBTQ equality. 

To contribute to the Fund, please click here.

If you have any questions about the Gray Scholarship Fund or how to make a gift, please contact Robert L. Quinan, Jr. at Robert.Quinan@state.ma.us. Thank you for your support. 

*The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization under the IRS code 501(c)(3), and is serving as the fiscal agent for the Alexander G. Gray, Jr. Scholarship Fund. As such, all contributions to the Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by state and federal law.  Receipts are issued for all gifts.


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2008     M. Barusch, Boston University Law School

2009     Liz Monnin-Browder, Boston College Law School<

2010     Talia Stoessel, Northeastern Law School

2011     Jared Milrad, Northeastern Law School

2012   Adam Harmon, Boston College Law School

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