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 


Reider-Otis Scholarship 2018 Winners 


Madeline Carmain | MED 2019

Madeline is currently a fourth year medical student at UVA’s School of Medicine. She graduated from Randolph College in 2013 with a B.S. in Chemistry. Madeline has served as co-president of the queer medical student group qMD for two years. This group supports LGBTQ medical students and promotes the understanding of LGBTQ health among the broader UVA Medical School community. During her time at UVA, Madeline has planned annual health fairs at the Charlottesville Pride festival, where medical students give free health screenings to the community. She volunteers with Side-by-Side, Charlottesville’s LGBTQ youth support group. Over the next year, Madeline will work with faculty to increase the curricular content focusing on LGBTQ health within the School of Medicine. Madeline plans to pursue a career in OB-GYN, where she will continue to advocate for excellence in LGBTQ patient care.


Jack Chellman | Arts & Sciences 2018

Jack Chellman is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in Political and Social Thought with highest distinction and a B.A. in English as part of the Area Program in Literary Prose. While at UVA, Jack served as president of the Queer Student Union and president of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. He was the founder and director of the Jefferson Society Archives Project and co-founder and editor-in-chief of Q* Anthology of Queer Culture, UVA’s first magazine for LGBTQ literature and arts. Jack is a 2018 recipient of the Marshall Scholarship and will be getting a master’s degree in media, power and public affairs at Royal Holloway, University of London for the 2018-19 academic year. 


Sarah Leser | College 2015, MED & Batten 2019

Sarah is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy degree at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and her Master of Public Health degree at the School of Medicine. Through this dual degree program, she is exploring the role public policy plays in affecting public health, with specific focus on mental health and the LGBTQ community. Sarah interned as a policy fellow in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs and is currently working as a research assistant at the UVA Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy. Sarah has been an involved member of the LGBTQ community on Grounds. Last year she served as the graduate assistant in the LGBTQ Center, leading and mentoring a group of undergraduate interns to carry out Center operations and programs. While earning her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology (College ’15), Sarah served as an LGBTQ Center volunteer and Speakers Bureau panelist. During her fourth year, she was president of the Queer Student Union. In the broader Charlottesville community, Sarah enjoys volunteering as a facilitator for the middle school Side by Side group and is working with the Teen and Young Adult Health Center to compile a database of mental health professionals who serve LGBTQ youth.     



Reider-Otis Scholarship Recipients


Madeline Carmain
MED ’13


Sarah Leser
College ’15, MED + Batten ’19





Mitchell Wellman
College ’17



Connor Roessler
CLAS ’16



Jaime Hartless
GSAS ’17


Cindy Gray
Education ’15


Abe Wapner
College ’14


Chase Cooper
Law ’13



Samantha Tornello
GRAS ’10


Hallie Clark 
College ’13


Reginald Benbow
College ’11


D. Verena Kollig
GSAS ’12



Patrick Ahern
Nursing ’11


D.J. Lic
College ’09


Rachel Farr
GSAS ’08


Wyatt Fore
College ’08 

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

*Honorable Mention