2021 GPLA Scholarships Update
GPLA has made the decision to increase the number of Scholarships offered for our 2021 convention. Many locksmiths have seen their businesses experience a significant decline due to the effects of the pandemic, so this year we will be awarding six scholarships for up to 3 days of classes each (excluding any lab fees), instead of the usual two scholarships of up to 2 days of classes each. We encourage all interested locksmiths to apply for the Scholarship using the appropriate application (GPLA member or non-member applications) linked below.
The Connelly-Singer Scholarship Fund of GPLA
The Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association established The Connelly-Singer Scholarship Fund of GPLA to honor two outstanding individuals in recognition of their enormous contributions to our industry. Gerald Connelly and Leonard Singer devoted much of their lives to the advancement of locksmithing and were fierce advocates of education. They believed that elevating the public perception of locksmiths could only be accomplished by elevating ourselves individually through education. The Fund seeks to promote this idea by awarding scholarships to deserving locksmiths.
GPLA members in good standing and classified as Active, Apprentice or Shop Member shall be eligible to apply using the Member Application form. Other practicing locksmiths (not Distributor’s or Manufacturer’s Reps., etc.) who are not members of GPLA are eligible to apply using the Non-Member Application form.
The selection of recipients is made by the Scholarship Award Committee after reviewing all eligible applications. The Committee will award two scholarships per year. Each scholarship will be for any two days of classes at the GPLA annual convention. Eligible locksmiths can find applications for the Scholarship on the GPLA website at www.gpla.org.
Individuals, manufacturers, and other industry organizations wishing to contribute to the Fund may do so by sending donations to The Connelly-Singer Scholarship Fund of GPLA, c/o Martin Arnold, CML, 7229 Park Avenue in Pennsauken, NJ 08109-3009.