The Jeffrey L. Reider and Charles F. Otis Endowed Scholarship
The Reider/Otis Scholarship will provide a one time gift of $5,000 to a gay or lesbian student or to students who have demonstrated a willingness to advance the rights and acceptance of the gay and lesbian community. Available for undergraduate or graduate students, excluding first years, who attend the University of Virginia on a full time basis, this scholarship can be applied for, or you may nominate a candidate who is also willing to apply. The application and nomination form are one.
The John Herring Scholarship for Social Awareness
The Herring Scholarship seeks to award five thousand dollars to a current undergraduate or graduate student of any year who demonstrates leadership, citizenship, and fellowship and has actively supported, through volunteerism and advocacy, the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Virginia.
Students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University are invited to submit nominations.
The V. Shamim Sisson Ally of the Year Award
The V. Shamim Sisson Ally of the Year Award seeks to recognize a member of the U.Va. community who has gone above and beyond in their daily life in their support of the LGBTQQI community, furthering the rights and acceptance of queer-identified individuals at the University of Virginia and beyond. Understanding that allies come in many shapes and sizes and with varying access to resources, we encourage and welcome student, faculty, staff, and alumni nominees. This award brings necessary attention to the important role that allies play in the fight for equality, social justice, and the acceptance of the LGBTQQI community.
The 2008-2009 LGBT Resource Center Operating Board chose Shamim Sisson as the worthy namesake for the Ally of the Year Award for her unwavering support and dedication to the LGBTQQI community at the University of Virginia and beyond. As Senior Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Life, Sisson worked closely with students, faculty, staff, and alumni alike to provide a strong support network and resources for LGBTQQI members of the University community. Most notably, she was an instrumental advocate in the establishment of the LGBT Resource Center in its current Newcomb Hall location and the hiring of UVA’s first full-time faculty LGBT Program Coordinator in October 2006. Although now retired, Shamim has remained active as an ally with the UVA LGBTQQI community.
The V. Shamim Sisson Ally of the Year Award is presented during The Annual Serpentine Society Fall Weekend.