Rodler/Wood Scholarship

The Rodler-Wood Scholarship was established in 2004 by University of Maryland alum James Wood (class of 1972) and his partner Peter Rodler (1936-2010). The scholarship is awarded in the spring, and selection is based on one or more of the following criteria: demonstrated financial need, hardship based on sexual orientation, academic interest in LGBT Studies, and extracurricular activities on behalf of LGBT issues.

Applications are accepted each Spring, deadlines will be announced on this page and to the broader community through the Women’s Studies, LGBT Equity Center, and other venues on campus.

Award Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Hardship based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • Academic interest in LGBT Studies
  • Extracurricular activites on behalf of LGBT issues

Submission Materials

  • Written Statement: 1-2 pages detailing qualifications based on the above criteria
  • Transcript: your current unofficial transcript is acceptable
  • At least 1 Reference: name and contact information for at least one individual who could serve as a reference based on the terms of the Rodler-Wood Scholarship (UMD-affiliated recommender highly preferred)

Recipients of the Rodler-Wood Scholarship

2019: Tytan Taliaferro, Undergraduate, Engineering: Bioengineering

2018: Aqdas Aftab, PhD Program, English; Anna Storti, PhD Program, Women’s Studies

2017: Muhammad Mussadiq, Undergraduate, Individual Studies

2016: Cooper Kidd, Undergraduate, Sociology

2015: Fiona Jardine, PhD Program, College of Information Studies

2014: Samuel Allen, MS/PhD Program, Department of Family Science

2013: Christopher Quach, Undergraduate, Sociology

2012: Jay Garvey, PhD Program, College Student Personnel Administration

2011: Bailey Kier, PhD Program, American Studies; Octavia Sykes, Undergraduate, Women’s Studies

2010: Susanna Harris, Undergraduate, English

2009: Mike Ryan, PhD Program, Sociology

2008: Damion Clark, PhD Program, English

2007: Kimberly Bonner, MA Program, Sociology

2006: Katherine Kuvalanka, PhD Program, Family Studies

2005: Natalie Prizel, Undergraduate, English & LGBT Studies; Vincent Stephens, PhD Program, American Studies