Scholarship Application

The Voice of My People Scholarship Grants support students committed to social justice who are making strides in creating a more fair and just world.

Our first named scholarships are 2 Papel Family Trust scholarships at $2,500 each. These 2 grants are specifically designated to support students who identify as LGBTQ, or whose parent(s) identify as LGBTQ. We are hopeful we will securing additional donations in future years resulting in additional scholarship grants.

In the spring funding cycle, we will accept the first 50 qualifying applications in the order in which they were received, or until March 15, whichever comes first. Grants are for one school year only; grantees may apply for additional years by filling out a new application each year, but previous awards will not be considered in the selection process.

Scholarships are available to individuals who have completed high school (or the GED) by June and have been accepted to an accredited institution at the community college, university, or graduate school level. Scholarships are available to students in part or full-time programs at fully accredited institutions; we are unable to provide grants for online degrees.

Students must be a US Citizen or permanent resident. Preference is given to students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate leadership capacity and who are interested in making a concrete difference in society.
Finalists will be required to provide transcript and proof of acceptance, or continued studies, at an accredited institution.

Please note we only accept applications through this form.


January 1 - Applications open

March 15 - Applications due

March 15 - May - Scholarship applications - 1st tier review

Late May - Top 10 candidates notified of 2nd tier evaluation process

Early June - Scholarship selections made, candidates notified

June - Celebration of awardees

July - Distribution of funds


Thank you so much in your interest in applying for the Voice of My People Stanley Papel Family Scholarships. We have reached the submission deadline and are no longer accepting applications for this academic year. Please check back for updates on future scholarship opportunities.