The mission of the Shadwell Society is to engage alumni and friends of the University and to provide support, meaningful service, and future leadership to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.

Shadwell Speaker Series  

One of the ways the Shadwell Society fulfills its mission is by underwriting the Shadwell Speaker Series. Designed to attract to the University world renowned authors, political figures, and leaders of industry, the Shadwell Speaker Series was established in 2014, and since its inception has brought to Grounds Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon MeachamNew York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, award-winning journalist Evan Osnos, professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business Jonathan Haidt, foreign policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter, CEO of Robin Hood Foundation Wes Moore, director of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Francis Collins, and Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Taylor Branch.

On Friday, November 4,  the Shadwell Society hosted its 2022 speaker series, featuring science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez. Through captivating storytelling that draws on her award-winning book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another (MIT Press, 2020), Ramirez revealed the unexpected ways that technology has shaped the human experience.

Shadwell Society Grant 

The Shadwell Society established the Shadwell Grant in 2016 to help attract to the University outstanding students who exemplify excellence in the Jeffersonian ideals of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. The Shadwell Grant is offered to a deserving Jefferson Scholar alternate from the Jefferson Scholars Selection Weekend and provides him or her with $10,000 per year for four years.

Become a Shadwell Member 

The Shadwell Society welcomes new members every year and encourages you to contact Christine Patrick if you are interested in learning more about how to get involved.

 

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Scholarships

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Fellowships

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

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