Reider / Otis Scholarship

Samantha Tornello

Samantha Tornello, 2013 Reider-Otis Scholarship Recipient

Chase Cooper

Chase Cooper, 2013 Reider-Otis Scholarship Recipient

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

The Reider/Otis Scholarship will provide a one-time scholarship of $5,000 to a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) or straight student who has demonstrated a willingness to advance the rights and acceptance of the LGBTQ community.  The scholarship is available for undergraduate (excluding 1st year) or graduate students who attend the University of Virginia on a full time basis.  The scholarship will also consider activity in the musical arts (but is not limited to the musical arts). In case of a tie, two scholarships will be awarded at $2,500 each.

This application is an online form and will not be accepted in hard copy. In addition to this form, all applicants must have a non-relative submit a letter of recommendation online*. It is your responsibility to make sure your application is complete, including your letter of recommendation, by March 22, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Ori Dekel, Chair of the Reider/Otis Scholarship, at

* Please note that the director of the LGBTQ Center is unable to furnish recommendation letters for this scholarship.

** Please note that the winner of the scholarship will be required to write a 500 word thank you letter to the donors.