The Peter L. Page Scholarship

The Peter 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.

Adam | Peter Page winner 2020

Falls Church High School | Falls Church, VA

Adam plans on attending the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy for the Accelerated Master of Public Policy program. He is very passionate about politics, hoping to become a U.S. Senator one day. He works to connect his passions for LGBTQ+ and human rights, as well as education, criminal justice, and infrastructure, with his love for policy to push for active change in all levels of government. His passion for inclusion and using his platform to empower others has pushed him to connect with a variety of communities to strengthen his outlook on the world.


Tsvetelin | Peter Page winner 2020

Marble Hill School for International Studies | Bronx, NY

Tsvetelin plans to major in Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and minor in two foreign languages. He also plans to do a Semester at Sea to expand his view on other cultures, the LGBTQ+ communities abroad, and their activism. Languages have always fascinated him and that is why he plans to pursue two foreign languages as well as Computer Science (just a different type of language). He also has a strong passion and track record for all aspects of event planning and looks to bring those skills to bear to further build community at UVA.

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