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Grant W. Farmer Memorial Scholarship Award

2021 Applications are CLOSED!

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 and exposure to innovative LGBTQ public health research and to build critical social support that may be unavailable at their home institutions.

Congratulations to our two Farmer Scholars for 2021, Stephanie Orozco and Nathaniel M. Tran!

Stephanie Orozco (she/ella) is currently pursuing a masters degree in Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. She obtained her B.S. in Cultural Anthropology and a B.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of California, Riverside. She has served as a health lobbyist, sex toy specialist, sexual health event organizer, and sexual researcher in an effort to get a holistic approach to sexuality. Stephanie is interested in community based participatory research, American sexual culture, reproductive justice, and bilingual sex education.

Nathaniel M. Tran (he/they) is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University and a graduate research associate in the Vanderbilt LGBTQ Policy Lab. They apply mixed-methods participatory action research to better understand the context of and strategies to address health inequities among LGBTQ communities of color. Their work has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership, and QuestBridge and their research and writing have been published at The Tennessean, World Medical & Health Policy and Current Psychiatry Reports.

The 2021 APHA Annual Meeting is in Denver, CO from October 24-28, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the current plan is for a hybrid annual meeting. 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 Recipient 

Shahmir Ali is a PhD student at the NYU School of Global Public Health. His research interests center around interpersonal and community level factors involved in the lifestyle behaviors of young and second-generation Asian Americans, and how these factors can be integrated into innovative intervention designs to address non-communicable disease disparities. Congratulations on your outstanding research, Shahmir!

See Past Awards for more of our Lear Award winners!

About the Caucus

Since its founding in 1975, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) Health 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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