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 by accomplished by elevating ourselves individually through education. The Fund seeks to promote this idea by awarding scholarships to deserving locksmiths.
The Fund also seeks to encourage membership in local locksmith associations. Both Gerald and Leonard were strong supporters of locksmith associations. They recognized that associations foster greater cooperation among locksmiths and would facilitate opportunities for organized training classes. Accordingly, applicants for the Scholarship must be Active, Shop or Apprentice Members in good standing of the following local/regional associations: GPLA, SJLA (South Jersey Locksmiths Association), CPLA (Central Pennsylvania Locksmiths Association), MLANJ (Master Locksmiths Association of New Jersey), NJMLA (North Jersey Master Locksmiths Association) and MLA (Maryland Locksmith Association). Other eligible Associations may be named in the future.
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.