The Jeffrey L. Reider & Charles F. Otis Endowed Prize

The Jeffrey L. Reider and Charles F. Otis Endowed Prize annually provides a one-time scholarship award of $5,000 to a student of any sexual orientation who has demonstrated a willingness to advance the rights and acceptance of the LGBTQ community.

The prize is available for undergraduate (excluding first years) or graduate students who attend the University of Virginia on a full time basis. The prize will also consider activity in music and the arts.

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Reider-Otis Scholarship

The 2016 Jeffrey L. Reider and Charles F. Otis Endowed Scholarship award recipient is Connor Roessler.

connorConnor is a graduate of the college with a bachelor’s of Environmental Science and a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies as well as an Echol’s scholar.  He is an active member of the Peer Health Educators, Hoos Open to Preventing Eating Disorders and Feminism is for Everyone. He is also involved heavily in the LGBTQ community at the University serving both in the Queer Student Union as well as the LGBTQ Center.  He has spent two years serving as the Queer Student Union’s vice president of education working to increase the collaboration and outreach to other minority groups and the Charlottesville community while creating safe and educational spaces to engage with the LGBTQ community. He has also spent two years serving as an intern for the LGBTQ Center working as the health and programming intern to create a queer health series, National Coming Out Day celebration, and new Pride Week events while expanding Safe Space trainings and the Love is Love campaign







Prior recipients:



Jaime Hartless

Jamie Hartless
GSAS ’17


Cindy Gray
Education ’15


Abe Wapner
College ’15


Chase Cooper
Law ’13


Samantha Tornello
GSAS ’11


Hallie Clark
College ’13


Reginald Benbow
College ’15


D. Verena Kollig
GSAS ’12


Patrick Ahern
Nursing ’11


D.J. Lick
College ’09


Rachel Farr
GSAS ’09


Wyatt Fore, College ’08 (left) receiving the inaugural award from Jeffrey L. Reider, College ’74 (right)

*Honorable Mention