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36 Jefferson Scholars will become the Foundation’s incoming Class of 2018

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The 36 diverse and highly competitive incoming Jefferson Scholars are listed in UVA Today and can be found at

Introducing the next class of Jefferson Fellows

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The JSF has selected, solely on the basis of merit, 17 Ph.D. and MBA students as Jefferson Graduate Fellows. Learn more by reading

Going debt free: U.Va. Jefferson Scholars

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Financial support attracts future leaders.  Read the story at

Jefferson Fellows Symposium, Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Jefferson Fellowship holders will present eleven different discussions covering a broad interdisciplinary scope from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Jefferson Fellows Center at 112 Clarke Court.  More information can be found at

C-SPAN covers speech by William M. Wilson, director of JSF Graduate Program

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Jefferson the Theist is presented by Bill Wilson.  View the video at

Former Jefferson Scholars Foundation Board of Directors Chairman Moffett Cochran passes away

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

G. Moffett Cochran’s article can be found at

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation honors great teachers at U.Va.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Dedicated teachers are recognized for outstanding service to the University by the Foundation.  Read more about the recipients at

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Hartfield Prize winners are announced

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The Engineering School names this year’s JSF Hartfield Prize recipients.  To learn more about them, please visit

Introducing Rector George Keith Martin

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The University’s new Rector, George Martin, discusses role models, his time as an undergraduate, and his relationship with President Sullivan on UVA Today. Read the interview at

You can be both

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

At U.Va. you can be both an Echols Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.  See the report at  

The JSF announces the incoming class of new Scholars

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

For a look at the Class of 2017 Jefferson Scholars, please visit the link at

Jefferson Scholars Selection Weekend Underway

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

115 finalists for Jefferson Scholarships are in Charlottesville participating in the competition.  To view more information, visit

Vistik, a new material from UVa’s Professor Bloomfield

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The newest invention by U.Va. Physicist Lou Bloomfield is a “viscoelastic” solid called Vistik, which is capable of fixing wobbly tables and much, much more. Mr. Bloomfield is the 2011 Jefferson Scholars Foundation Faculty Prize recipient. Read the story at

Fellows Symposium on Friday, February 22, from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Please go to the following website for more information showcasing Jefferson Fellows.

Jefferson Scholarship nomination deadline is extended to November 4, 2012..

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Due to the widespread impact of Hurricane Sandy in many of our nominating regions, the deadline for submitting all nomination forms for 2012-2013 Jefferson Scholarship has been moved to November 4, 2012. However, if you are able to submit your completed nomination forms by the original deadline of November 1, we would greatly appreciate receiving [...]

Jefferson Scholars Selection Committee member and current CEO of Hilton Worldwide discusses the role of leadership in a global business world

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Chris Nassetta, ’84 Comm, seeks to align vision, boundaries and priorities. Chris is a Jefferson Scholars Selection Committee member. See the New York Times article at

Jefferson Graduate Fellows invite you to this year’s conference titled “Fact, Fiction and Supposition: Creating Truth, Engineering Reality.”

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue is highlighted in UVaToday.  See the article at

The Jefferson Graduate Fellows will present the Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue starting Friday, Sept 28.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Beginning Friday, September 28th at 9:00 am, the Jefferson Graduate Fellows will present the bi-annual  Forum for Interdiscplinary Dialogue.   The theme for this year’s conference is “Fact, Fiction, and Supposition:  Creating Truth, Engineering Reality” and will feature a keynote address by astronomer Dr. Phil Plait on Friday at 4:00 pm.  For program details and [...]

Benefactors create two Jefferson Scholars Foundation Endowed Professorships

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Paul T. Jones Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professorship and the Walentas Family Jefferson Scholars Foundation Professorship will bring remarkable faculty to the University.  See the article at

The first Groundbreakers Fellowship awarded

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Funded by women of the first four graduating classes at U.Va., the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Groundbreakers Fellowship is awarded to female doctoral candidate Ashley Robin Hurst.  The article is at

The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture: Call for papers

Monday, July 9th, 2012

In the fall of 2010, the Jefferson Fellows launched a new academic journal entitled “The Jefferson Journal of Science and Culture.”   The bi-annual journal is dedicated to publishing articles from different disciplines or perspectives that address a common theme or topic of broad interest.  More information on the journal can be found at

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation Honors Faculty Excellence in Engineering Education

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation awards the 2012 recipients of the Hartfield–Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize.  See the announcement at

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Announces Class of 2016

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

At the conclusion of a rigorous selection process that began with over 1300 nominees from across the nation as well as international candidates, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is pleased to announce the incoming class of 2016, comprised of 31 outstanding individuals. Awarded solely on the basis of merit, the Scholarship covers the complete cost of [...]

Jefferson Scholarship Selection Weekend

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Jefferson Scholarship competitors come to Charlottesville. See blog here:

2012 Forum For Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Creating Truth, Engineering Reality

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The Jefferson Fellows are pleased to announce the 2012 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue, Supposition Fact Fiction: Creating Truth, Engineering Reality September 28-29, 2012.  The Forum, hosted every two years by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is an interdisciplinary conference that aims to spark conversation and dialogue across different disciplines.  Astronomer, author, and blogger, Phil Plaitt ( [...]

Brantly Womack Receives China’s Friendship Award

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

From UVaToday:   University of Virginia foreign affairs professor Brantly Womack was given the China Friendship Award as part of China’s Oct. 1 National Day ceremonies in Beijing, led by Premier Wen Jiabao. The award is China’s highest honor for foreigners who have “made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress” and is comparable [...]

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Announces Class of 2015

Friday, July 8th, 2011

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is pleased to announce the  Jefferson Scholars Class of 2015, which includes 27 individuals from 17 states and one foreign country, The Netherlands. The newest Jefferson Scholars were selected after a rigorous process that began with approximately 1300 nominees from across the country and the globe. The list was pared to [...]

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Honors Engineering Faculty

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Honors Engineering Faculty By Liz Jones The Hartfield–Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize was recently awarded to three faculty members in the U.Va School of Engineering and Applied Science. Wes Weimer and Aaron Bloomfield, assistant professors in the Department of Computer Science, and Reid Bailey, assistant professor of systems and information engineering, were honored [...]

Center for Jefferson Fellows Wins 2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Award

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Washington, D.C. – June 2, 2011 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has selected 13 educational and cultural facilities for this year’s CAE Educational Facility Design Awards. The purpose of the design awards program is to identify trends and emerging ideas, honor excellence in planning and design, and [...]

Brady Lum (JS ’89) Urges U.Va. Graduates to Say ‘Yes’

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

May 21, 2011 — “Say ‘yes’ to more in life” was the charge to the University of Virginia’s Class of 2011 from J. Brady Lum, president and chief operating officer of Special Olympics International, during today’s Valedictory Exercises keynote address. The ceremony, held on the Saturday of Finals Weekend, took place on the Lawn under [...]

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Awards Faculty Prize to Louis A. Bloomfield

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Please join us on April 19th in Foundation Hall as the Jefferson Scholars Foundation presents Professor Louis A. Bloomfield with the 2011 Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize.  This event is open to the public and will include remarks from Mr. Bloomfield on leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.  A reception will follow the presentation and remarks. Awarded every [...]

UVA Today – Jefferson Scholars Foundation Hosts Annual Selection Weekend

Monday, March 28th, 2011

UVA Today March 25, 2011 — This weekend, 102 top high school seniors will vie for full scholarships to the University of Virginia as the Jefferson Scholars Foundation hosts its 31st annual Jefferson Scholars Selection Weekend. The scholarship finalists arrived Wednesday to participate in four days of seminars, examinations and interviews. Selection is based upon [...]

Special Olympics President and COO Brady Lum (JS ’89) to speak at U.Va’s 2011 Valedictory Exercises

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The Class of 2011 has invited Jefferson Scholar alumnus Brady Lum to speak at their Valedictory Exercises on May 21. Currently the president and chief operating officer of Special Olympics, Lum is a member of the 1989 class of Jefferson Scholars. Prior to beginning his current role he held a variety of senior management positions [...]

John L. Colley Jr. Receives 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award

Monday, November 8th, 2010

November 5, 2010 — John L. Colley Jr., a member of the Darden School of Business faculty for 43 years, and Dr. Richard L. Guerrant, director of the Center for Global Health whose research focuses on the causes and prevention of childhood diarrhea, are the recipients of the 2010 Thomas Jefferson Awards at the University [...]

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Alumni Reunion Weekend

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

In conjunction with the Foundation’s 30th Anniversary, all Jefferson Scholar Alumni were invited to a Reunion Weekend October 8-9, 2010.  Activities included class dinners at favorite Charlottesville restaurants, a State of the Foundation talk from President James H. Wright, seminars featuring favorite U.Va. faculty members, panels with current Jefferson Scholars, an “innovation workshop” led by [...]

Jefferson Scholars Foundation hosts Enrichment Luncheon

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

On Friday, October 29th, U.Va. alumna Fields Wicker-Miurin (Col ’80) will provide remarks on leadership during this enrichment series event, hosted at the Jefferson Scholars’ Foundation Hall.  If you are interested in attending this event, please contact Pat Ingram. Fields Wicker-Miurin wants to improve the quality and impact of leadership worldwide by discovering leaders in [...]

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Announces Winners of 2010 Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize

Monday, July 12th, 2010

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation honored two faculty members in the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science with 2010 Hartfield-Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prizes. Mark S. Sherriff, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Mary Beck, lecturer in applied mathematics and director of student affairs for the Engineering School’s undergraduate program, have [...]

UVA Today – Jefferson Scholars Class of 2014 Announced

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

May 25, 2010 — The Jefferson Scholars Foundation has announced its 27-member Jefferson Scholars Class of 2014. The students – from 13 states, England, Scotland and South Korea – will enter the University of Virginia in August. The merit-based Jefferson Scholars program provides stipends to cover the complete cost of attending the University, including tuition, [...]

2010 Forum For Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Icons & Iconoclasm

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Preliminary Program Posted June 1, 2010 The preliminary program for the 2010 Forum for Interdisciplinary Dialogue has been posted on our Program page. The submissions were truly extraordinary, ranging from the evolution of the periodic table, to the destruction of art and even delving into the behavior and motivations of Yogis. We are very excited [...]

The Cavalier Daily – Jefferson Scholars Foundation unveils Fellows Center

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Environmentally friendly complex on Maury Avenue allows ample academic space Radina Belberova, Cavalier Daily Associate Editor April 19, 2010 – The Jefferson Scholars Foundation officially unveiled the new Jefferson Fellows Center Friday morning. In addition to serving as the foundation’s new headquarters, the building complex on Maury Avenue provides teaching, research and study space, all [...]

UVA Today – Jefferson Scholars Foundation Symbolically Opens New Building

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

April 20, 2010 — The Jefferson Scholars Foundation officials cut a ceremonial ribbon April 16 to officially open the Foundation’s new facility at 112 Clarke Court. The building will house the new Jefferson Fellows Center, Foundation Hall and the Foundation’s administrative offices. “The facility gives the Foundation the opportunity to undertake programming initiatives we could [...]

NBC 29 News Video – Jefferson Scholars Flock to UVA

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Charlottesville, Virginia (March 26, 2010) – <watch video>

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Hosts Annual Selection Weekend

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA (March 23, 2010)— One hundred one outstanding high school seniors will vie for full scholarships to the University of Virginia as the Jefferson Scholars Foundation hosts its 30th annual Jefferson Scholars Selection Weekend.  The scholarship finalists arrive on March 24 to participate in four days of seminars, examinations, and interviews. Criteria for selection [...]

Casteens honored with $500,000 challenge gift

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia has received a $500,000 challenge gift to create the John and Betsy Casteen Jefferson Scholarship.  The challenge was announced by long time benefactor and former board member Eli Tullis during an event attended by President Casteen in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 29, 2010. Tullis, Paul [...]

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Friday, September 11th, 2009

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