Dynamic Program Seeks Partners and Friends!

The LGBT Studies Program welcomes private support to nurture the program in important new ways. Individuals who wish to support the growth of LGBT Studies at the University of Maryland have several opportunities to make a significant impact. Among the priorities that would greatly benefit from private support are:

The Rodler-Wood Scholarship was established in 2004 by 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. (Mr. Rodler and Mr.Wood have also made plans to use their estate to endow a professorship in LGBT Studies.) To contribute to this fund, make checks payable to the University of Maryland College Park Foundation and write, "Rodler/Wood Endowment Fund" in the memo line, or go to secure online donations page.

Winners of the Rodler-Wood Scholarship

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

Scholarships and Support are generally for students working in LGBT Studies. Scholarships can be either current use, in which case the money donated would go directly to a qualified student or students the year in which it was donated, or gifts of $50,000 or greater can establish a permanent named endowed scholarship fund, one that would produce annual scholarship support in perpetuity.

Awards and Prizes given to students and professors in LGBT Studies, with the purpose of encouraging academic excellence in LGBT research, scholarship, writing, and teaching. A writing prize, for instance, might be given to the student who submits the best scholarly paper in LGBT Studies in a given academic year. Permanent endowments for awards and prizes bearing the name of the donor(s) or another individual to be honored can be established for $10,000 or greater, or one-time awards can be made for $500 or greater.

Speaker Series needs support through either the establishment of a permanent endowment or through annual cash contributions. Currently the cost of the annual series is approximately $10,000. A permanent endowment and naming rights for the speaker series can be established with a gift of $200,000 or greater, while individual gifts of any amount can be used to support the series in any given year. A single lecture can be supported with a gift of any size.

Research Awards/Graduate Fellowships are needed to attract top graduate students to pursue LGBT Studies at Maryland and to help them concentrate on their studies (rather than working to support their studies) while they are here. A permanent named endowed fund to support graduate research awards and fellowships can be established with a gift of $25,000 or greater.

Travels Grants and Awards for students who need to attend academic conferences on LGBT Studies, make presentations, or conduct research over an extended period of time. In the case of research, the grants can be tied into a requirement to present the results of the research in a public lecture upon returning to campus. One-time travel grants and awards can be supported for any gift of $500 or greater, and a permanent named endowment supporting travel grants can be established for $10,000 or greater.

Performance Awards for artists whose work is important to LGBT Studies and the LGBT community. Recently, playwright Moisés Kaufman visited campus, lectured, worked with students actors, and sat in on rehearsals of his play, The Laramie Project, which was being performed by the Theatre Department and had been selected as the University.s First Year Book. The ability to attract future performances of this caliber to campus would significantly enrich the lives of Maryland students and broaden opportunities for students in LGBT Studies. Gifts of any amount can support the LGBT Studies Program in inviting artists to campus in the future.

Are you interested in making a donation to support the LGBT Studies Program?

A number of ways to donate are available to you, and your gifts are tax deductible.

How to make a donation to the LGBT Program by credit card online:

If you would like to discuss your donation further, please contact:

Dr. Robyn Muncy, Interim Chair
Department of Women's Studies
2101 Woods Hall
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301.405.7293
Email: rmuncy@umd.edu