Jeff Perrotti LGBTQ Leadership Award

In recognition of Jeff Perrotti’s 30 years of impactful and continued leadership, and in celebration of the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth’s 30th anniversary, five inaugural scholarships will be presented to graduating seniors in the spring of 2023.

In 1993, Jeff Perrotti was hired as the founding Director of the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students, a joint initiative between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. With great care and intention, Jeff builds relationships with schools, agencies, and community leaders, and ultimately shifts the culture toward more loving and affirming spaces that welcome LGBTQ youth. This scholarship will present an annual award to students who are having this impact in their own communities.

Through Jeff’s leadership, the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ Students has created meaningful opportunities for educators, students, and families to ensure the health and safety of LGBTQ students. The program has been the leading voice in creating and implementing policies supporting LGBTQ youth, including the Student Anti-discrimination Law and Guidance on Gender Identity, in addition to fostering the skills of students and educators directly leading change through GSAs, professional development, and community transformation. Jeff’s work has been recognized by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, the Massachusetts School Administrators Association, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association, and the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. Jeff is a mentor to countless young people whose lives and leadership skills are greatly impacted by Jeff’s kindness, wisdom, and positivity. This award will celebrate his work and values by honoring and uplifting student leaders across the state who are advancing LGBTQ liberation.

Applicants should submit the following information by February 28, 2023 to be considered for the 2023 award. Recipients will be recognized at the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth’s Annual Recommendations Ceremony in late spring of 2023. Five scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded for this inaugural scholarship. A scholarship fund will be created to continue growing this award each year.


  1. Applicants must be a resident of Massachusetts at the time of application and be in their final year at a Massachusetts public high school.

  2. Applicants must apply all awarded funds to their pursuit of an accredited university, college, technical/vocational program, or other academic/professional pursuit on a full or part-time basis (minimum 6 credit hours).

  3. Applicants must identify as a member of the LGBTQ community and/or serve LGBTQ populations as an advocate/ally/volunteer.

  4. A completed application must be submitted on or before February 28, 2023. Please send applications to the Google form link provided below. Each application must contain a complete set of the following documents:

  • A completed application form

  • A resume, CV, or other documented history of employment/study

  • At least one letter of support from a trusted adult or peer highlighting your commitment to LGBTQ liberation

  • Optional: any supplemental materials (e.g. writing samples, art pieces, music recordings)

*We strongly encourage students to apply who are BIPOC, disabled, trans feminine, first-generation, and/or facing significant financial barriers with attending college.

For more Information: Visit the webpage for LGBTQ Youth’s 30th anniversary

Israel Wellington Jeremiah
Israel Wellington Jeremiah is the Admin and publisher at Empowerment Opportunities. A seasoned online publicist and an entrepreneur.

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