The Jefferson Scholarship selection process is primarily based in geographic regions where endowments have been established to support the competition. Currently, there are 59 nominating regions and an additional admissions at-large competition administered by the University of Virginia's Office of Admission. In order to nominate, a school must be registered in the Foundation's system and have a physical address located within the geographic boundaries of an established region. Use the search tool below to determine if your secondary school is currently eligible to make a Jefferson Scholar nomination.

Admissions At-Large Nomination

A separate competition permits a review of all:

  • U.Va. Early Action applicants attending secondary schools not eligible to participate in the regional competitions
  • Nursing School applicants
  • School of Architecture applicants

Students who wish to be considered for a Jefferson Scholarship nomination but do not attend an eligible school must apply using the Early Action admission process to the University of Virginia, a November 1 deadline. Due to the volume of students in the Admissions At-Large competition, only those students receiving a nomination will be notified of their status.

School Database

If your school is located in one of our regions (see drop down menu below) but is not yet in our database, please email us at or call 434.243.9029 to inquire about being included in our regional competition. Please be sure to provide the school name, mailing address and the contact information for the guidance department of the school to expedite the review. Note: The search tool is best utilized when in landscape mode on a mobile smartphone.

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