Scholarship Overview

The Serpentine Society administers several scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students across the course of their UVa career, both incoming first-year students and upper-class students who distinguish themselves as exemplary student leaders. A list of prior recipients is here.

The John A. Herring Scholarship for Social Awareness
The Peter L. Page Scholarship
Jeffrey L. Reider & Charles F. Otis Endowed Prize
Wavelength Scholarship


Scholarships Landing
Former Newcomb Hall Director, John Herring, and Marcus Hall (College of Arts & Sciences ’11), inaugural recipient of the John A. Herring Scholarship for Social Awareness Award, at the Serpentine Society Gala Awards on October 2011 at Alumni Hall.


Today, these funds collectively award three $5,000 scholarships annually, a total of $15,000, to promising LGBTQ and allied students, helping them achieve their full academic and leadership potential. This year’s recipients are here.

The Jeffrey L. Reider and Charles F. Otis Endowed Scholarship Fund annually provides a one-time scholarship award of $5,000 to a lesbian, gay, 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 incoming first-years) 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). Read More

The John A. Herring Scholarship for Social Awareness Fund awards $5,000 scholarships annually to two current students, either undergraduate or graduate, of any year who demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and fellowship, and have actively supported, through volunteerism and advocacy, the LGBTQ Center at the University of Virginia. Rather than self-nomination, the recipient will be selected through nominations submitted from peers, students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Read More

In 2014, the Society received a bequest to endow a scholarship fund from the late Dr. Peter L. Page, a 1967 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences and a graduate of the School of Medicine who went on to have a long and distinguished career in transfusion medicine. It is anticipated that the first Page Scholarships will be announced in the spring of 2016 for the following academic year. Read More

Also in 2014, the Society learned of another designated bequest from Robert M. Coggin, College of Arts & Sciences ’76, who co-founded the Gay Student Union in 1972 and founded the Suburban Maryland Lesbian and Gay Alliance in Montgomery County in 1982. This gift will endow the Wavelength Scholarship Fund. Read More

Additional awards and scholarship opportunities for LGBTQ and allied students include: