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 up to $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.

Decisions are made by a committee consisting of faculty chair Fred Maus, and four students involved with the LGBTQ community at the University of Virginia.

This application is currently closed, and will reopen in the Spring of 2020. To apply, please download the application form, and the recommendation form below and follow the instructions in the documents. One letter of recommendation is required to be considered for the award. 

Questions may be directed to Fred Maus at fem2x@virginia.edu 

 

Reider-Otis Scholarship 2019 Winner

Marie Olavere-Terry | 2019 College

Marie Olavere-Terry graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2019 with a B.A. in History. During her time at UVa, Marie focused her efforts in her academics, creative outlets, and especially, her community of fellow Hoos and Houstonians. Upon entering into the University, Marie made it a goal to continue the work of predecessors of improving conditions for all individuals in Charlottesville and her hometown of Houston, TX. In pursuit of this goal, she served as the Vice President of Community Engagement for the Queer Student Union, acted as an officer for Athletes for Equality, and interned for the UVa LGBTQ Center as its Operations, then Engagement intern. In the summer before her third year, Marie also co-founded of PLUS+, an LGBTQ faith group on Grounds to provide a space for LGBT and questioning folks of faith to discuss their being and be free of prejudice. Both in Charlottesville and in Houston, Marie mentored LGBTQ youth. When she wasn’t busy with school, she sang with both the University Singers and Chamber Singers, served as a Producer for the 2016 Music Arts Board, and acted as a Fourth Year Trustee for UVa’s Bicentennial Class.

Marie currently serves as a Post-Graduate Trustee for the Class of 2019 through the UVa Alumni Association. After graduating, Marie joined AmeriCorps VISTA to continue to serve LGBTQ Houstonians at the Montrose Center where she creates cost-tracking systems for the HEB Emergency Food Pantry and forms new programming for its community center. In the future, she plans to attend law school where she hopes to achieve a J.D./MBA dual-degree.

 

Reider-Otis Scholarship 2019 Honorable Mention

Kyle J. Gename graduated with their Master of Landscape Architecture degree in May 2019. During their time at UVA, Kyle was the Editor-in-Chief of The Q* Anthology of Queer Culture, working primarily on graphic design and the publication of the Anthology’s second edition—To One Another and the World.

Kyle currently lives in Durham, NC, and works as a landscape designer for Surface 678. Lately, they’ve been settling into the legit queer scene in Durham and getting familiar with local and state laws that discriminate against queer people. Not unlike their time in Charlottesville, Kyle plans to become involved in local politics and community organizing. Kyle adamantly believes in the cultural power of public space, and also intends to serve the community through their work as a designer.

 

Myka Greene and is an aspiring filmmaker and writer from Richmond, VA. Myka works to provide a narrative to marginalized voices, including but not limited to women, people of color, those suffering from mental illness, and those in the LGBTQ+ community (basically anyone other than cisgender white men). Myka hopes that the spaces and voices create emphasis the crux of art – the assertion that no one is alone, the human experience is shared.

  

 

Reider-Otis Scholarship Recipients

2018

Madeline Carmain
MED ’13

2018

Sarah Leser
College ’15, MED + Batten ’19

 

 

 

2017

Mitchell Wellman
College ’17

 

 2016

Connor Roessler
CLAS ’16

 

   2015

Jaime Hartless
GSAS ’17

 2014

Cindy Gray
Education ’15

2014

Abe Wapner
College ’14

 2013

Chase Cooper
Law ’13

 

   2013

Samantha Tornello
GRAS ’10

 2012

Hallie Clark 
College ’13

2010

Reginald Benbow
College ’11

2010*

D. Verena Kollig
GSAS ’12

 

   2009

Patrick Ahern
Nursing ’11

 2008

D.J. Lic
College ’09

2007

Rachel Farr
GSAS ’08

 2006

Wyatt Fore
College ’08 

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

*Honorable Mention