Scholarships and Awards

Presidential Awards for Community Multicultural Achievement (PACME)
In conjunction with the President's Office, OMSA coordinates this award program to honor individuals who have made significant contributions toward enhancing VCU's commitment to diversity. Every PACME recipient receives $500. Additionally, the Riese-Melton Award, a capstone, is given. The recipient is chosen from the PACME winners and receives an additional $250. Visit the PACME site for more information.

The Burnside-Watstein LGBT Award
The Burnside-Watstein LGBT Award is given annually by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Subcommittee of VCU’s Equity and Diversity Committee to one or more individuals who enrich the community at VCU and make a significant difference in the lives of LGBT faculty, staff and students. Nomination form

Black History in the Making Award
Created by the Department of African American Studies, the Black History in the Making awards are presented to students who exhibit outstanding achievement or service in academics, career, university, or community.  For more information on how to nominate a student please click here

Scholarships for Students

Below are scholarship links from VCU and other organizations for current students.


The primary mission of OMSA is to assist traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented student populations (i.e. race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender) through advising, support, program development, retention, mentoring and by promoting an appreciation of diversity throughout the campus community.

Our Staff

Yolanda Avent

Faith Wilkerson
Assistant Director

Jenaé Harrington
Program Specialist

Lorin Hoisington
Graduate Assistant
LGBT & Women's Services

Andrea Chahin
Graduate Assistant

Davon Artis
Graduate Assistant