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Grant W. Farmer Memorial Scholarship Award

2020 Applications are OPEN!

Grant W. Farmer was a gifted and committed public health researcher, teacher, community member, friend, and mentor.  He was a long time Caucus member, and served the caucus as Chair from 2012-2014, and as well as other executive committee roles.

Click here to read Grant's Obituary

Established in 2015, The Grant W. Farmer Memorial Scholarship is an annual competitive award to support deserving undergraduate or graduate students to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and LGBTQ Health Caucus Scientific Sessions. The award consists of an honorarium to support registration fees and costs associated with attending.

Grant W. Farmer believed that the APHA Annual Meeting was a unique place for LGBTQ and Two-Spirit students committed to public health research and practice to receive quality mentoring, exposure to innovative LGBTQ public health research, and build critical social supports that may be unavailable at their home institutions. 

Scholarship Details: 

  • A stipend is given for use to defray costs associated with attending the annual meeting. For 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize this may not include attending the annual meeting in person, but may include paying registration to attend the conference virtually. 

  • Membership in the LGBTQ Health Caucus is not required to apply, but upon selection, awardees are asked to join the caucus at the $10 student membership level.

  • Candidates for the award must submit a completed application.The Caucus will not consider incomplete submissions. 

  • Applications are reviewed by a minimum of three reviewers who are caucus members, at least one of which is a current sitting member of the Caucus executive committee.

  • Reviewers require 3-4 weeks after the close of application submissions to complete their review.

  • Previous Farmer award recipients are ineligible for consideration, as are postdocs who have completed their education, or applicants who have a terminal degree and are candidates for additional supplementary programs (e.g., someone with an MD or Ph.D. obtaining an MPH) 

  • The awardee will be notified of their award, and asked for permission to include their name on the Caucus website, via the Caucus newsletter, and presented with a certificate in person, or virtually, at the Caucus business meeting during the APHA Annual Meeting.

  • Awards will be coordinated with the Caucus treasurer by check or electronic payment.

Application Criteria:

Due Date: Midnight Eastern Time, Friday, September 4th, 2020 submitted to pastchair@aphalgbtq.org 

Please send any questions and inquiries to the LGBTQ Health Caucus Immediate Past Chair, Christina Dragon pastchair@aphalgbtq.org, please indicate “Farmer Scholarship” in the subject line.  

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must submit the following three documents: 

  • Current curriculum vitae or résumé 

  • Statement that describes the role of LGBTQ and/or Two-Spirit health in their personal and professional aspirations (no more than 2 single-spaced pages, please proofread)

  • Statements that describe their goals and objectives for APHA attendance, and whether you are planning to attend in-person or the parts that are accessible through remote registration and virtual access (no more than 1 single-spaced page, please proofread)

  • Please combine all documents into one (1) file, Word or PDF, and name the file using the following convention: LastName_FirstInitial_Farmer2020

  • Please use “Farmer Scholarship” in the email subject line for your application and submit to pastchair@aphalgbtq.org

To be competitive, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria: 

  • Demonstrate aspirations for a career in LGBTQ and/or Two-Spirit public health research or practice 

  • Be a student and actively enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program during the semester the APHA Annual Meeting occurs (postdocs are not eligible) 

  • Be willing and able to attend the annual APHA Annual Meeting and, potentially the LGBTQ Health Caucus Business Meeting (TBD) 

  • Be willing to become a LGBTQ Health Caucus member if award is made ($10 student membership)

Applicants will receive confirmation that their application was received and when reviews are completed. Awards given each year are contingent on available funds. Awardees will be announced on the LGBTQ Health Caucus website and via Caucus newsletter, with permission. Under non-pandemic circumstances, awardees will also be acknowledged at the Caucus Social Hour and Business Meeting during the APHA Annual Meeting, and presented with a certificate. Funded applicants will be notified by late September. 

Special thanks to Mr. Dan Mertens for his continued support of The Caucus, and his commitment to continuing Grant's legacy through this Memorial Scholarship. 

The 2020 APHA Annual Meeting is in San Francisco, CA from October 24-28, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there may be options for a virtual or hybrid attendance option. Learn about COVID-19 updates to the Annual Meeting.


The Caucus established the Walter J. Lear Outstanding Student Research Award to recognize exceptional work by students on LGBT-related issues. The award consists of a stipend and free caucus membership. All students who submit an abstract to the Caucus for consideration for the annual meeting are eligible for this award.

Walter J. Lear was one of the founders and a longtime chair of the Caucus. He founded the Caucus in 1975 and worked with APHA to inform them of our health issues and the need for research. Click here to read Walter's Obituary

Thanks to Carmine Novembre of Pfizer for support of the Walter Lear Student Award. Pfizer logo

Lear Award Recipients

2020:  Hill Landon Wolfe, MPA-- We are pleased to announce the 2020 Walter J. Lear Award winner, Hill Landon Wolfe, for the highest scored peer reviewed abstract submitted by a student for the 2020 scientific sessions! Hill Landon Wolfe is a PhD student in Health Services Research at the Boston University School of Public Health.

We will celebrate at the LGBTQ Health Caucus Business Meeting on Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 4:00-5:30pm MT when we present him with the award.

He will then present his research, titled “Transgender-related discrimination is associated with substance use and treatment history in a multi-state sample of transgender adults,” as part of the Transgender and Gender Expansive People's Health Part 1: Substance Use and Violence session on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 3:00-4:30pm MT. Please join us in celebrating!

2019: Naomi Green, MPH-- Naomi Green for the highest scored peer reviewed abstract submitted by a student for the 2019 scientific sessions! Naomi Greene is a third year doctoral student in the Department of Health, Behavior, and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

2018: Stephanie Creasy, MPH--  Stephanie Creasy received her MPH from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health with a certificate in LGBT Health and Wellness in April 2017. Her master’s level thesis was a mixed-methods study examining the experiences of incarceration and re-entry for transgender women in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. She is now a Project Coordinator in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences for an R01 grant testing the effect of the representative payee program on antiretroviral therapy treatment adherence and rates of viral suppression for people living with HIV. She continues to work on projects focusing on how incarceration and re-entry affect the health and well-being of queer/trans populations. Her winning abstract, Previously Incarcerated Transgender Women: A Mixed-Methods Study on Experiences, Needs, and Resiliencies” was presented as part of the Trans/Gender-Variant People's Public Health 2 session on Wednesday, November 14, 2018: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in SDCC: 3

About the Caucus

Since its founding in 1975, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Caucus has been an association of public health professionals committed to furthering LGBTQ issues within the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the field of public health at large. For more information about the LGBTQ Health Caucus, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


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