A first in U.Va. and JSF history: Five Jefferson Scholars in a single year awarded prestigious Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships

March 14, 2017

In an unprecedented year for both the University and the Foundation, five U.Va. students were selected to receive Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships in 2017. All five recipients are Jefferson Scholars.

Abraham Axler (the William H.P. Young Jefferson Scholar), William Henagan (the Ernest H. and Jeanette P. Ern Jefferson Scholar), and Sarah Koch (the Frank and Ann Hereford Jefferson Scholar) were named recipients of the Marshall Scholarship. Aryn Frazier (the Thomas J. and Hillary D. Baltimore Jefferson Scholar) and Lauren Jackson (the R.E. Lee Wilson Jefferson Scholar) were named recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship.

In the last 25 years, 10 Jefferson Scholars have been selected as Rhodes recipients and 6 as Marshalls. Read about this year’s recipients in the most recent issue of Virginia Magazine.



The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

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The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

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