The Jefferson Scholars Foundation remains committed to helping U.Va. attract and retain faculty who are passionate about being a part of the University community. Professors who create transformative classroom experiences and who are leading-edge researchers in their fields ultimately help the Foundation fulfill its mission to attract to Grounds outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.

Through two different initiatives, the Foundation ensures that talented teachers, researchers, and professors are recognized for their efforts to enhance the learning experience for students and are able to continue making their mark on the University.


The Foundation has raised $80 million to help attract faculty to the University through its Professorship Program, establishing partnerships with the College of Arts & Sciences, the Darden School of Business, the Law School, and the School of Medicine.

Faculty Awards

Every year the Foundation recognizes current U.Va. faculty for exceptional classroom teaching through its Faculty Awards Program.



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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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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