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.

Reider-Otis Scholarship

The 2017 Jeffrey L. Reider and Charles F. Otis Endowed Scholarship award recipient is Mitchell Wellman.

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Mitchell is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in Political & Social
Thought and Spanish linguistics. As a digital producer and writer for USA TODAY College, he
is interested in the intersection of media, public policy, and law with a future goal of attending
law school. Mitchell served as the Chair of the University Judiciary Committee and was involved
in LGBTQ student life on Grounds by serving as a two-term vice president for the Queer Student
Union and as an intern in the LGBTQ Center. During his fourth year, he was a Lawn resident
and led a successful movement to install a gender neutral restroom on the Lawn in addition to
applying to and receiving a substantial grant to fund Q* Anthology of Queer Culture —the
University’s first LGBTQ literary magazine. Mitchell is a 2017 recipient of the U.S. Fulbright
student award and will teach English to high school students in Madrid, Spain for the 2017-18
academic year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior recipients:

 

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2016

Connor Roessler
CLAS ’16

 

2015

Jaime Hartless

Jamie Hartless
GSAS ’17

2014

Cindy Gray
Education ’15

2014

Abe Wapner
College ’15

2013

Chase Cooper
Law ’13

2013

Samantha Tornello
GSAS ’11

2012

Hallie Clark
College ’13

2010

Reginald Benbow
College ’15

2010*

D. Verena Kollig
GSAS ’12

2009

Patrick Ahern
Nursing ’11

2008

D.J. Lick
College ’09

2007

Rachel Farr
GSAS ’09

2006

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

*Honorable Mention