The Jefferson Scholars Foundation attracts outstanding undergraduate students to the University of Virginia through two scholarship programs–the Jefferson Scholars Program and the Walentas Scholars Program.

The Scholarships

Developing leaders, scholars, and citizens for the benefit of the University and the world at-large is at the heart of what we do. 

Our two scholarship programs—the Jefferson Scholars Program and the Walentas Scholars Program—cultivate outstanding undergraduate students, providing them with financial support to pursue their passions, develop their talents, and encourage their community involvement.

Both programs provide generous financial packages, enrichment opportunities, and access to the JSF network of Scholars, Fellows, alumni, and volunteers.

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The award for the Jefferson Scholarship and the Walentas Scholarship is intended to cover the entire cost of attendance for four years at the University of Virginia, plus coverage of supplemental enrichment experiences.


The Foundation gives Scholars of both programs opportunities to broaden their horizons through a wide range of enrichment activities, including:

  • International Travel
  • Career Development and Networking
  • Institute for Leadership and Citizenship
  • Alumni Connections
  • Exploratory Fund
  • Research Collaboration with Jefferson Fellows
  • Speaker Series

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Selection Process

Jefferson and Walentas Scholarships are awarded to individuals who have undergone a rigorous selection process and who possess an exceptional record of and the potential for impact both inside and outside the classroom. The selection process has three main components: Nomination, Regional Review, and Final Selection.

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