Jefferson Scholarship

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Amount
Awarded

$184,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

December 3, 2020

Thursday
Awarded By:

University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. In prior years, a total of 27 awards were offered.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must be a graduating high school senior at time of application.
  3. Must plan to attend the University of Virginia.
  4. Must excel in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.
  5. Must attend a college or university in Virginia.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: Graduating high school seniors planning to attend the University of Virginia may be nominated for this award. Students must excel in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

Application requirements for the Jefferson Scholarship are:

  • Nomination required
  • Official SAT scores
  • Application form
Additional Information: Awarded solely on the basis of merit, Jefferson Scholarships are granted to candidates who have undergone a rigorous selection process. Each year the foundation identifies finalists through two avenues: 45 regional competitions around the country, and a separate competition for all students, including international applicants to the University of Virginia, attending schools not eligible to compete in the regional competitions. Throughout December and January, the regional selection committee will review all nomination forms, conducts interviews, and makes recommendations on finalist(s) for the competition. In February, after admission verification, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation office will notify all nominees, sending an appropriate letter to both successful and unsuccessful candidates, with copies to regional selection chairs and guidance counselors; upon receipt of copies, regional chairs will also send personal letters to all successful and unsuccessful candidates. Recipients must notify the foundation of scholarship acceptance by April 17. The final list of Jefferson Scholarship recipients will be released in May.

Award Amount: This award covers the full cost of attendance (cost of tuition, room, board, books, and miscellaneous expenses) annually, renewable for up to three years. The stipend for the academic year totals $31,500 for Commonwealth of Virginia residents and $62,000 for non-residents.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $184,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Thursday, December 3, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Thursday, December 3, 2020

Each student must be nominated for this award. To determine a school's eligibility, counselors or students may visit http://www.jeffersonscholars.org/eligibility and search for their corresponding schools. Additionally, in conjunction with the University of Virginia Office of Admission, the foundation automatically reviews applications to the university received from students outside the regional areas, including international students. To be considered in the at-large and international screening processes, students must have applied to the university and returned their completed application to the office of admission by Jan. 1. At-large and international candidates must also request that the Educational Testing Service forward their SAT results directly to the university. All nomination forms and endorsements will be due to Jefferson Scholars Foundation office via online submission by Dec. 3. Upon receipt, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation office will send all nominees a letter of congratulations and a certificate recognizing their achievement.
Contact: -
Address: P.O. Box 400891 Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

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