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The Brill Scholarship
Helen and Bob Brill

The Brill Scholarships are named for Bob and Helen Brill, who co-founded PFLAG Hartford in 1981. Awarded annually, these educational scholarships recognize Connecticut students who are involved in support, education, and/or advocacy in their school or community.

Congratulations to the 2017 Brill Scholarship Recipients!

2017 Brill Scholarship

2017 Brill Scholarship recipients attend a reception at PFLAG Hartford

Claire DiMaiolo - Claire graduated from Classical Magnet School in Hartford with High Honors and will be attending Barnard College of Columbia University to study Women's, Gender and Sexuality and Sociology. During her time in high school Claire founded the Intersectional Feminist Coalition which addressed ending sexual violence, a pronoun awareness campaign, a drive for a women's shelter and partnering with Planned Parenthood. She also worked with the school's health professionals to to reform the Sex Education classes so they are more inclusive of LGBTQ+ students. In addition she was active in theater and her church.

Jenna Castonguay - Jenna graduated from Stafford Springs High School with high honors and will be attending Western Connecticut State University majoring in Theater Performance and Theater Design/Technology. During high school Jenna was President of the GSA and active in the school's drama club, dance team and show choir among many other activities. She is also one of the founders of the school's Shakespeare Club. Jenna hopes to be able to educate youth using music and theater about LGBTQ+ history and struggles.

Lauren Boulay - Lauren graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School with High Honors and will be attending either the University of Connecticut or Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in engineering. During her high school years Lauren was Vice President/Treasurer of the GSA, the Community Service Club, Amnesty International and the First Robotics Team. She also helped create an LGBTQ+ book section in the school's library. Lauren hopes to use her skills to create technology that will benefit society in learning about LGBTQ+ issues and supporting them.

Sydney Steward - Sydney graduated from Loomis Chaffee High School in Windsor, and plans on attending University of Pennsylvania to study nursing. During high school, Sydney was co-president of the GSA and People Rising in Support of Multiculturalism (PRISM). She also participated in the South Asian Society, various theater and dance clubs and traveled to South Africa to meet with organizations dealing with public health policy. Sydney hopes to provide healthcare that addresses the multi-dimensionality of patients and destigmatize the LGBTQ+ community.

Interested in applying?

The scholarships are open to Connecticut students who are:

  • age 16-24
  • allies to or members of the LBGTQ community
  • are involved in support, education, and/or advocacy in their school or community
  • planning to attend, or are already attending, a college, technical school or other accredited post-high school educational institution

The 2018 scholarship application is now available. Applications and recommendation letters must be postmarked no later than March 23, 2018.

Download the 2018 Brill Scholarship Information and Application in:

Questions about the scholarship can be directed to:

Your generous support helps us to provide these scholarships for our LBGTQ and allied youth:

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PFLAG Hartford • P.O. Box 260733 • Hartford, CT 06126-0733
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