The Jefferson Scholars Foundation has awarded more than $550,000 to approximately 70 faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Education and Human Development, the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy, the McIntire School of Commerce, the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Medicine. 

Recipients of the Foundation’s faculty awards receive cash stipends and are recognized at a reception at the Foundation. All recipients also are welcomed into the Jefferson Scholars community as Faculty Fellows and are invited to participate in all appropriate Foundation programs and events.

Award for Excellence in Teaching

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, in 2012 the Jefferson Scholars Foundation began recognizing University faculty who have demonstrated both excellence in teaching and exceeding care for their students. This award honors those teachers in our community who have gone the extra mile in fulfilling their vocation without regard for their own advancement. 

The 2021-22 recipients are:

2022 Award for Excellence Winners: (top row, left to right): Gabrielle Adams, Larry Bouchard, and Stefano Grazioli (bottom row, left to right): Fern Hauck, Julie Huffmyer, and Tyler Jo Smith

Hartfield Excellence in Teaching Award

Since 2010, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation has recognized faculty in the School of Engineering and Applied Science with an annual award. Recipients demonstrate that communicating knowledge and inspiring students are as important to the education process as scholarship, and they exemplify the highest standards and practices of teaching.

The 2021-22 recipients are:

  • Shannon Barker, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Biomedical Engineering
  • George PrpichSchool of Engineering and Applied Science, Chemical Engineering

2022 Hartfield Award Winners: Shannon Barker and George Prpich

Foundation Faculty Prize

The Foundation Faculty Prize is voted on by Jefferson Scholars alumni on the criteria of leadership, scholarship and citizenship. David Gies, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese, is the most recent recipient of the Foundation Faculty Prize.




The Foundation supports world-class graduate students through Jefferson Fellowships and National Fellowships.

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Distinguished Professorships

Learn more about the Foundation’s Professorship Program.

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The Jefferson Scholarship and the Walentas Scholarship are the premier undergraduate scholarships at the University of Virginia.

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