The Peter L. Page Scholarship provides $40,000 in scholarship funds, $10,000 per year for four years. The funds will be applied to the student’s account at the Student Financial Aid Office. This merit scholarship is available for two incoming first-year undergraduate students who will attend the University of Virginia on a full-time basis. Decisions are based on the students’ academic achievements, essays, and extracurricular activities demonstrating exceptional commitment to their communities. Annual renewal of the scholarship is contingent on maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
Current Undergraduate and Graduate Students
In addition to the Peter Page Scholarship for incoming first-year students, current undergraduate or graduate students who attend the University of Virginia on a full-time basis can apply for a one-year Peter Page Grant. Decisions will be based on academic achievements, financial need, and extracurricular activities demonstrating exceptional commitment to bettering LGBTQ+ community at UVA and beyond. Recipients can apply for the grant again the following year. The Serpentine Society will work with the UVA Financial Aid Office to determine the amount that each individual student shall receive, and grants will count against student loans.
In 2014, the Serpentine Society received a bequest to endow a scholarship and grant 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.
2021 Peter Page Winners
Woodberry Forest School / Hanoi, Vietnam
GK plans to major in Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences. He likes to engage in discussions to spread awareness on LGBTQ+ issues, as well as advocating for equality and change. Experiences with homophobia have strengthened his passion to educate others on LGBTQ+ issues. He looks forward to helping build a vibrant and accepting community at UVA.
The Lawrenceville School / New Orleans, LA
Grayson plans on majoring in Architectural History in the Architecture School. He hopes to pursue a Masters in Architectural History at UVA, following the 4+1 track in the A School. Grayson hopes to further his understanding of the connections between the built environment and our own identities by studying architectural history. He plans on continuing to study Spanish and is looking to study abroad, as well as pursuing a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. On top of his interest in architecture, Grayson is very politically engaged; he started Beyond the Ballot, a youth-led organization focused on empowering young voters through civic education. Grayson is excited to immerse himself in the UVA community, bringing excitement and dedication to community building work on campus.
Obituary of Dr. Peter L. Page
Dr. Peter L. Page, 67, died on May 9, 2014 after a long and distinguished career in transfusion medicine. Devoting his career to the safety of blood transfusions, he served in many leadership positions throughout the American National Red Cross Blood Program for over 28 years.
Board certified in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Hematology, and Blood Banking, he worked at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and was an attending physician at the West Roxbury V.A. Medical Center before joining the American Red Cross in 1978. He became CEO of the Northeast Region Red Cross Blood Center in Dedham, MA in 1983. After participating in the clinical trial of the first test for HIV, he worked tirelessly on issues of testing methodology, confidentiality, anonymous testing, and counseling.
During implementation of the first HIV test in 1985, he provided leadership to Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the City of Boston Mayor’s Commission on AIDS, and the AIDS Action Committee. His efforts to inform the public and to ensure the safety of the blood supply during this unprecedented time were recognized by the Governor of Massachusetts, the Mayor of Boston, the American Association of Blood Banks, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The only child of Elden Laurence Page and Anna-Berta (Jakobson) Page, Peter was born in Stockholm, Sweden June 11, 1946. As a member of the US Foreign Service, his father traveled the world and Peter grew up in Athens, London, Budapest, Okinawa, and in the Washington, DC area. A graduate of the University of Virginia Medical School, Peter completed his medical training in Philadelphia at NIH and the Harvard Medical School.
Known for his high energy, logical problem solving, and persistence to solutions, Peter was often called on to lead the Red Cross blood program through organizational transitions. At the Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, DC he served in leadership roles for regulatory activities, the medical office, and for the blood testing laboratories throughout the country. After serving as CEO of Southern California Red Cross Blood Center in Los Angeles for three years, he returned to the Red Cross national headquarters medical office until he retired in 2006.
In retirement he also served as a consultant to the World Health Organization. His many friends remember his boundless energy in all his varied interests, to just name a few – skiing all over the world, scuba diving, sailing, white water rafting, square dancing, and lately his interest in contract and duplicate bridge. He has been an ambassador member of Gamma Mu, a longtime member of Los Papagayos, and a host for 27 years of the popular end of summer White Party in Provincetown, Massachusetts. His longtime partner Robert L. Black died in 1989.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 1, 2014