Christopher Howland, a third-year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, was among five gay men awarded a $4,000 scholarship during a reception sponsored by Bread & Roses Community Fund on Oct. 1.
Bread & Roses’ Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur, Jonathan Lax. The purpose of the fund is to encourage gay men—especially community leaders—to obtain higher education.
Howland received his B.A. in English from Hendrix College and a master of arts in English from the University of Arkansas. During his second year at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he served as co-chair of Lambda Law, an LGBT organization. During Howland's tenure, Lambda was a highly visible presence at the University, including holding a forum on the issue of gay marriage. He also actively serves on the board of directors of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia as a student representative.
Over the past 15 years, the Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund has distributed over $600,000 to help make it possible for 129 scholars to attend college or a post-secondary program.