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The Brill Scholarship
Helen and Bob Brill
Helen and Bob Brill founded PFLAG Hartford in 1981, and served as the first chapter co-presidents until 1989. Long time civil rights activists for various human rights issues, they were active Quakers and held the first PFLAG Hartford meetings at the Quaker Meeting House in West Hartford, CT.

The Helen and Bob Brill Scholarships are awarded annually by PFLAG Hartford to one or more deserving Connecticut based individuals and allies within the LGBTQIA+ community, ages 16-24, as a way to honor Helen and Bob Brill's enormous contributions to PFLAG.

Congratulations to the 2018 Brill Scholarship Recipients!

2017 Brill Scholarship
Committee Members (standing, from left): Amy Emery, Sarah Gilbert, Melanie Martin†Peele, Sarah Prager
Recipients (sitting, from left): Jenna Jeffway, Samantha Golden, Maxwell Toth, Ross Jacobson

Interested in applying?


  • Applicants should identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, etc.) or Allies, ages 16-24. 

  • Applicants must be residents of Connecticut. 

  • Applicants must be active within the LGBTQIA+ community, OR actively working on addressing LGBTQIA+ social issues within school or in the community. Applicants must be planning on attending a college/technical school, or an accredited post high school program in the fall of 2019. 

  • Applicants must have graduated from high school or its equivalent by July 1, 2019 and must have sufficient records to be accepted by an accredited college, university, or technical institute. Students already enrolled at such a school are also eligible to apply. 

  • Awards must be used toward post high school education, and will be sent directly to the institutions. 

  • Previous PFLAG Hartford and Helen and Bob Brill Scholarship recipients are not eligible.   
The 2019 scholarship application is now available. Please mail as early as you are able, but completed applications MUST BE RECEIVED no later than Friday, March 29, 2019. No exceptions are able to be made.

Download the 2018 Brill Scholarship Information and Application in:

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Questions about the scholarship can be directed to:

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PFLAG Hartford • P.O. Box 230733 • Hartford, CT 06123
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