August 1

Nomination period begins. Jefferson Scholars Foundation office sends invitation materials via email to eligible schools and the nomination form is available online.

December 1, 2020

Deadline for all nominees in all regions. Nomination forms and endorsements due to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation office via online submission. Upon receipt, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation processes each nomination and posts a letter of congratulations to the nomination portal for each nominee, recognizing his or her achievement. Subsequently, local selection committees review nominations, carefully reading letters of recommendation and school profiles in order to consider nominees within the context of their schools and communities. From their recommendations, regional semifinalists are chosen.

January 1, 2021

Regular application deadline for U.Va. Office of Admission.

January – February

Regional selection committee reviews all nomination forms, conducts interviews, and selects regional finalists. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation notifies all nominees of their status by late February via the nomination portal.

Late March, 2021

Multi-day Jefferson Scholar Selection Event is held at the University of Virginia for roughly 120 finalists (all associated costs covered by the Foundation).

March 23, 2021

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

April 19, 2021

Scholarship recipients must notify Jefferson Scholars Foundation of acceptances of scholarship offers.

May 2021

Final list of the new class of Jefferson Scholars will be released.

Meet the Scholars


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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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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