SAN DIEGO, California -- Applications are now available for the Douglas P. Lathrop Scholarship for the Disabled, administered by the Imperial Court de San Diego.
A group of Lathrop's friends and loved ones came together to establish the scholarship following his death in August.
The scholarship is available to individuals who identify as LGBT with a permanent mobility disability.
Mobility impairment refers to the inability of a person to use one or more of their extremities, or a lack of strength to walk, grasp or lift objects. The use of a wheelchair, crutches or a walker may be utilized to aid in mobility. Mobility impairment may be caused by a number of factors, such as disease, an accident, or a congenital disorder and may be the result of neuro-muscular and orthopedic impairments. The student may or may not use a wheelchair for mobility. The physical challenge must be significant and affect activities of daily living.
To apply, applicants should complete an application that is available online and include a recent, good quality photograph; two letters of recommendation; and a 1,500-word minimum essay on “What it means to me to be part of both the LGBT and Disability communities." The essay should include active involvement or contributions within the LGBT and Disability community either directly within the community or social media forums. Applicants should share their perspective and personal experiences and how they feel their contributions are most relevant and how they will help the applicant reach their educational goals.
The application deadline is Jan. 9, 2015.
For more information or to request an application, contact Kurt Cunningham at Citizenkurt@hotmail.com.