In February 2013, Eric Collins of West Springfield, Massachusetts, died at the much-too-young age of 15. As a high school student, Eric was active in Generation Q, a peer-led support and advocacy group for LGBTQI youth. Through his work with Generation Q, he became known for his passion and commitment to social justice.

This year, PFLAG Franklin-Hampshire inaugurates the Eric Collins Memorial Award to commemorate his life and work. A $250 stipend will be awarded to one senior from Franklin County and another from Hampshire County. These scholarships aim to foster continuing support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQI youth.

Graduating high school seniors in both Franklin and Hampshire Counties who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or an ally are eligible. Applicants should demonstrate strong support of LGBTQI individuals through community work. Seniors can obtain applications (due April 1st) from their high school guidance counselors or by contacting PFLAG Franklin-Hampshire at [email protected].

PFLAG National extends its gratitude to PFLAG Franklin-Hampshire for founding the Eric Collins Memorial Award. Best of luck to Massachusetts seniors applying for a worthy scholarship.