Reider / Otis Scholarship Recipients

Previous Recipients

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 | 2010 GRAS

Hallie Clark  | College ’13

Reginald Benbow  | College ’11

D. Verena Kollig | GSAS ’12

Patrick Ahern | Nursnig ’11

DJ Lick | College ’09

Rachel Farr  | GSAS ’08

Wyatt Fore | College ’08

2017 Recipient

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

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, heis 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.


2016 Recipient

connorConnor Roessler | ’16 College 

The 2016 Jeffrey L. Reider and Charles F. Otis Endowed Scholarship award recipient is Connor Roessler.


Connor is a graduate of the college with a bachelor’s of Environmental Science and a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies as well as an Echol’s scholar.  He was a member of the Peer Health Educators, Hoos Open to Preventing Eating Disorders and Feminism is for Everyone. He is also involved heavily in the LGBTQ community at the University serving both in the Queer Student Union as well as the LGBTQ Center.  He spent two years serving as the Queer Student Union’s vice president of education working to increase the collaboration and outreach to other minority groups and the Charlottesville community while creating safe and educational spaces to engage with the LGBTQ community. He has also spent two years serving as an intern for the LGBTQ Center working as the health and programming intern to create a queer health series, National Coming Out Day celebration, and new Pride Week events while expanding Safe Space trainings and the Love is Love campaigne.

2014 Recipients

GrayCindy Gray | Education ’15

Cindy Gray is studied psychology and Early Childhood Special Education in the Curry School. She has been involved in many LGBT organizations, and was a co-President for the Queer Student Union (QSU) for two years. As a First-Year, the QSU helped her feel incredibly welcomed, and has she enjoyed being able to give other incoming students a fun, diverse, and safe place in QSU. She also volunteers as a panelist on the LGBT Speaker’s Bureau. Cindy has also volunteered in many preschools, and is currently student teaching in a wonderful 3 year old class. In the future, Cindy hopes to teach preschool in sunny California, making sure all her students know that everyone is different, and that’s what makes the world fun.



wapnerAbe Wapner | College ’14

Abe Wapner studied foreign affairs and history in the College of Arts and Sciences. An active member of the LGBTQ community since his since his first year, Abe most recently finished a term as the Queer Student Union’s vice president. He also works closely with the LGBTQ Center and the Lawn community to increase LGBTQ visibility at UVa. In the future, Abe plans to continue dedicating his time to the promotion of LGBTQ rights and acceptance.