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For Counselors

Undergradute BrochureSchool administrators play a vital role in the Jefferson Scholars selection process each year, and the Jefferson Scholars Foundation is indebted to the many counselors and other teachers and school officials who will participate this year by nominating exceptional young people to the competition.

In addition, please note that our office is available to assist you in any way that we can throughout this process.  We answer the phone between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time Monday-Friday (434) 243-9029, and can also be easily reached via e-mail:  We strive to provide a quick response to any questions that you may have and make the process as transparent and straightforward for you as possible.

Nomination and Selection Criteria

Scholarship Components

Nomination Process

Next Steps

Counselors, log in with your school access information to manage nominations.




September 10, 2013
Jefferson Scholars Foundation office sends invitation materials to eligible schools via U.S. mail and the nomination form is available online

December 1, 2013
Deadline for all nominees in all regions including international regions and designated schools.  Nomination Forms and endorsements due to Jefferson Scholars Foundation office via online submission; upon receipt, Jefferson Scholars Foundation office sends all nominees a letter of congratulations and a certificate recognizing their achievement

December – January
Regional selection committee reviews all nomination forms, conducts interviews, and selects regional finalists

January 1, 2014
Regular application deadline for U.Va. Office of Admission

February, 2014
The Jefferson Scholars Foundation office will notify all nominees of their status, with copies to regional selection chairs and guidance counselors

Late March, 2014
Jefferson Scholars Selection Weekend for finalists, Charlottesville

March 31, 2014

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation office will notify finalists of their status, including extending full scholarship offers to the recipients

April 18, 2014
Deadline for scholarship recipients to notify Jefferson Scholars Foundation of acceptances of scholarship offers; communication with alternates if necessary

May 2014
Final list of the new class of Jefferson Scholars released