Since 1980, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation has set about its mission to attract individuals to the University who will make a positive contribution to the community at large. While the size of the financial awards and the variety of enrichment opportunities are major components of recruiting future Scholars and Fellows, the community they arrive to on Grounds is a consistent source of support and inspiration. Explore the profiles of the current Scholars and Fellows below to learn more about where they come from and how they get involved.

Meet the Scholars

Meet the Fellows



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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David and Jane Walentas

A transformational gift for UVA — $100 million to benefit first-generation students

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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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