Office of Student Engagement

LGBTQ+ Student Life

Thomas Jefferson University is an accepting community, welcoming people of all cultures, religions, and walks of life. One part of our community that we are proud to celebrate and support is our LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff.

Like all of our student engagement programming, our LGBTQ+ programs and activities are student-created, -developed, and -endorsed. Activities include Safe Zone training, Coming Out Day, the Gay-Straight Alliance’s trip to Outfest, our Annual Drag Show, and Unity Week in the spring. 

Scholarship Opportunity: The MarcDavid LGBTQ+ Scholarship

The MarcDavid LGBTQ Scholarship was established to provide academic financial support for an undergraduate student at Thomas Jefferson University who demonstrates active leadership and advocacy for LGBTQ causes. Students are eligible to receive the scholarship beginning in their sophomore year. Preference shall be given to students with financial need, but leadership and advocacy for the LGBTQ community, inside and/or outside of the Thomas Jefferson University Community, is paramount.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • One letter of recommendation (sent directly by recommender)

Deadline & Submission Information

Applications, including essay porition, should be submitted by email to by April 30, 2023

Letter of Recommendation

As part of your application materials, you will need to ask for a letter of recommendation from an individual who can accurately assess your leadership and advocacy for the LGBTQ community.

To submit the letter of recommendation, please provide the reference form to your recommender and ask them to include the completed form with their letter of recommendation to the Office of Financial Aid at the address below by April 30, 2023.


The recipient will be selected by a committee convened by the Offices of Student Engagement and Financial Aid. Please follow the directions carefully. Incomplete applications, including those missing reference letters, will not be presented to the selection committee. Please contact Lisa Cooper, Executive Director of Financial Aid, with any questions at or 215-951-2940.