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The Scholarship Committee co-chairs for 2021 are Matthew Barison (matt@barisonlaw.com) and KG Gasseling (kgasseling@gmail.com).



The Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association (“Mass. LGBTQ Bar”) is pleased to announce its fourteenth annual Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship Award in an amount soon to be determined.  The Scholarship will be awarded to one current second-, third- or fourth-year law studentor the part-time equivalent, 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 in Massachusetts.  He served as an Assistant Attorney General, General Counsel to the Department of Social Services (now the Department of Children and Families), Executive Director of the Adoption Center, Chief Operating Officer of Concord-Assabet Family and Adolescent Services, and General Counsel to the Trial Court.  Alec died in 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 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, www.masslgbtqbar.org.

The Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship Award will be awarded to an eligible law student who demonstrates leadership, maturity, responsibility, and a commitment to and involvement in the LGBTQ+ community.  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. 

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 all required submissions (see below) by email to KG Gasseling (kgasseling@gmail.com) by April 9, 2021.  Finalists may be interviewed by one or more members of the Scholarship Committee. 

For any questions, please contact KG Gasseling (kgasseling@gmail.com).

The 2021 recipient of the Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship Award will be announced at the Mass. LGBTQ Bar annual event.  The recipient must agree to participate in the annual event, which is likely to be scheduled between mid-April 2021 and mid-May 2021. 


To be eligible to receive the Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship Award, a candidate must: 

1.  Be enrolled and in good standing in the 2020-2021 academic year as a second-, third-, or fourth-year law student, or the part-time equivalent, at a law school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts;

2.  Attest to spending at least the amount of the award (to be determined) for financial costs directly related to enrollment in law school;

3.  Be a student member of the Mass. LGBTQ Bar; and

4.  If not already a member, the applicant must apply for student membership in the Mass. LGBTQ Bar.  There is no cost for student membership.  Membership applications must be submitted separately on line at www.masslgbtqbar.org. 

Applicants for the Alexander G. Gray, Jr., Scholarship Award must submit the following: 

1.  Completed Application Form (available for download here);

2.  One letter of recommendation written by a person not related to the candidate, preferably a professor, employer, or work colleague, that addresses the candidate’s eligibility for the scholarship, including community service, leadership, maturity and responsibility, as well as other qualifications to receive the award;

3.  Law school transcript (unofficial is acceptable); and

4.  Resume or CV.

All of the above required materials must be submitted as a single PDF email attachment sent to KG Gasseling (kgasseling@gmail.com) by April 9, 2021.

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 Matthew Barison (matt@barisonlaw.com) or KG Gasseling (kgasseling@gmail.com).  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.


2007     Joblin Younger, Suffolk Law School

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     Jennifer Garner, Suffolk Law School

2013     Adam Harmon, Boston College Law School

2014     Kyle Rapiñan, Northeastern Law School

2015     Alena Chaps, Boston College Law School 

2016     Tanesha Williams, Northeastern University School of Law  

2017     Skailer Qvistgaard, Suffolk University Law School

2018     Gerard Fischetti, Boston University Law School 

2019     Christopher Hamilton, Boston University School of Law 

2020     Alex Weinstein, Boston University School of Law


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