Bill Kidder - established UNH Kidder Fund for Awareness in 1993

Bill Kidder LGBTQ+ Awards

Nominations begin in January !!

Do you know a person or organization that promotes empowerment and inclusion?

Kidder Fund Awards:

  • $1,000 scholarship to students
  • $1,000 professional development funding for staff and faculty
  • Pink Triangle Certificates for Groups/organization.

The awards seek to honor those who, through their scholarship, leadership, or outstanding efforts, foster greater understanding of sexual orientation and gender expression at the University of New Hampshire. These awards will be presented at the LGBTQ+ and allied Pancake Breakfast scheduled for April  2020.   All are welcome to attend.

Note: previous Kidder Award individual awards and Pink Triangle group award winners are not eligible for nominations. Use the link below for a list of these individuals/groups.

Listing of previous Award winners

Use this Link to Nominate Someone Today

 William "Bill" Kidder Class of '67 and '72G, devoted most of his adult life to UNH.  After earning a BA in political science and an MS in history at UNH, he spent his professional career serving as associate dean of student affairs.  After learning he had AIDS, Bill Kidder  went public with his condition and his sexual orientation back in the early 90's.  He visited classes, addressed civic organizations and church groups, spoke with medical students - in short, doing everything possible to bring about greater public awareness and understanding of what it means to be gay and what it meant to live with AIDS.   Before he died in 1993, he established a fund with the mission to encourage educational efforts that will enhance understanding of and advance opportuities for LGBTQ+ people. 

Beyond the awards - the fund also provides funding to support:

  •  Distinguished Guest Lecture and Performance Series
  •  Educational and AIDS Awareness Programs

The UNH Bill Kidder Fund Lifetime Achievement Award
This award has been presented in 2007 to J. Gregg Sanborn and in 2009 to Judy Spiller for their long standing contribution to the LGBTQ+ community, fostering understanding and advancing opportunities for those whose sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression differ from the majority in our culture.

Kidder Fund Grants are available to support programs, reseach, events and projects that fulfill the purpose of the Kidder Fund.  For more information contact the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, TEL # 862-1058. Grant proposal application form available here