From left: GLBT Chamber Treasurer Bob Stutz, Chairman Derrick Brown; LEAP scholars Pamela Hancock, Alex Parrish and Constance Siegel; and Vice Chairman Gib Murray.

The deadline to apply for a LEAP scholarship offered by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce is Aug. 3.

Created in 2009, LEAP — Leadership Education & Advocacy Program — scholarships support youth and nurture the development of leaders in the LLBT community. LGBT students, members of LGBT families and allies who have worked closely with the LGBT community are encouraged to apply.

“In 2011 we distributed $7,500 in scholarships,” Chamber President and CEO Tony Vedda said. “The LEAP Board has allocated $10,000 for the 2012-13 academic year.”

Applicants must be Texas residents, be LGBT or members of LGBT families or allies, and show a commitment to civil and human rights. Applicants should exhibit leadership potential, demonstrate strong academic abilities and be actively involved in school and community organizations. The application can be found online.

The primary fundraiser for the scholarship is the annual Holly Jolly Ball in December. Donations can also be made online.

Vedda said that applicants should complete the application and submit it as soon as possible. He said he could extend the deadline on backup documentation until Aug. 13.