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The Jefferson Scholarship

Leaders. Scholars. Citizens.

Thomas Jefferson’s University of Virginia is a place where producing leaders for a self-governing people has always been a primary goal.  This goal of nurturing future leaders is at the heart of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation’s mission: to attract to the University the most promising leaders, scholars, and citizens in the world and to give them sufficient financial support so that they are free to develop their talents and to use them for the good of the University community.

The undergraduate scholarship program began at the inception of Jefferson Scholars Foundation and has been attracting and cultivating undergraduate leaders since 1980.  The program currently supports 117 Jefferson Scholars in residence at the University of Virginia.  Intended to cover the entire cost of attendance for four years at the University of Virginia, the Jefferson Scholars’ stipend includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board, and personal expenses.  In 2013-14, Jefferson Scholars from the Commonwealth of Virginia will receive over $26,000 each year, and out-of-state or international Jefferson Scholars will receive an annual stipend of over $53,000.  In addition to the financial component of the Scholarship is an extensive enrichment program which aims to support and nurture these students throughout their four years at U.Va.  Also an important part of the program is the community that develops between Scholars, Graduate Fellows, staff, and alumni.

Jefferson Scholars Class of 2017:

  • Average SAT Score 2271
  • 45 Perfect Scores on one section of the SAT or ACT
  • 110 Scores of 5 on AP Exams
  • 14 Valedictorians or Salutatorians
  • 97% ranked in the top 10% of their class
  • 66% received National Merit Scholarship Recognition
  • Student Council/Class President 5
  • 58 % NHS or Cum Laude
  • Honor or Disciplinary Council Chairs 2
  • Varsity Athletes 17, Captains of Athletic Team 12
  • Editors of newspaper, yearbook or literary magazine 10
  • Model United Nations or Model Arab League 5; Received Best/Outstanding Delegate Awards 5
  • Mock Trial Team 5, Captains 1
  • Speech/Debate Team 10, Captains 8
  • Science Olympiad Team Captains 3; Regional or State Winners 3; National Winner 1
  • Quiz Bowl/Academic Team 6; Captain 2
  • Founder of a School/Community Organization, Business or Non-profit 12
  • Fairfax County Public Schools Student Advisory Council
  • Arkansas Designer and Photojournalist of the year by Arkansas Scholastic Press Association
  • Bausch & Lomb Science Award Winner
  • National History Bee – Third in Nation
  • Winner of the American Islamic Congress Essay Contest