The mission of the Shadwell Society is to engage alumni and friends of the University and to provide support, meaningful service, and future leadership to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.
Shadwell Speaker Series
One of the ways the Shadwell Society fulfills its mission is by underwriting the Shadwell Speaker Series. Designed to attract to the University world renowned authors, political figures, and leaders of industry, the Shadwell Speaker Series was established in 2014, and since its inception has brought to Grounds Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Evan Osnos.
Most recently, the Shadwell Society hosted its 2017 speaker, Jonathan Haidt, on Friday, October 20 at 6 pm in the Abbott Center Auditorium at U.Va.’s Darden School of Business. Haidt presented a talk entitled “America’s Escalating Outrage: Why is it Happening and How Can We Reverse It?” Free and open to the public, the event drew hundreds of community members throughout the area. Watch the talk here.
Shadwell Society Grant
The Shadwell Society established the Shadwell Grant in 2016 to help attract to the University outstanding students who exemplify excellence in the Jeffersonian ideals of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. The Shadwell Grant is offered to a deserving Jefferson Scholar alternate from the Jefferson Scholars Selection Weekend and provides him or her with $10,000 per year for four years.
Become a Shadwell Member
The Shadwell Society welcomes new members every year and encourages you to contact Christine Patrick if you are interested in learning more about how to get involved.