Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia is a place where producing leaders for a self-governing people has always been a primary goal. This goal of nurturing future leaders is at the heart of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation’s mission: to attract to the University the most promising leaders, scholars, and citizens in the world and to give them sufficient financial support so that they are free to develop their talents and to use them for the good of the University community.
The undergraduate scholarship program began at the inception of Jefferson Scholars Foundation and has been attracting and cultivating undergraduate leaders since 1980, providing them sufficient financial support so that they are free to develop their talents and to use them for the good of the University community. The program currently supports 117 Jefferson Scholars in residence at the University of Virginia.
Awarded solely on the basis of merit, Jefferson Scholarships are granted to candidates who have undergone a rigorous selection process.
Nomination - No one may apply for a Jefferson Scholarship directly. For the regional competitions, a prospective Jefferson Scholar must be nominated by his/her school (eligible schools may nominate one or two students per year from the senior class). Currently, over 4,200 secondary schools are eligible to nominate in the regional competitions.
Selection - Once nominated, students are placed into regional competitions which will determine the 120 finalists who will be invited to Charlottesville for the Jefferson Scholarship Selection Weekend in late March.