Alumni (Scholar)

Joe Riley

Betty and Jack Blackburn Jefferson Scholar
Etowah, Tennessee
B.A. University of Virginia (2013)
M.Phil. University of Oxford (2015)
Other (Graduate) University of Oxford (2016)


Army ROTC, AIRBORNE School graduate, Ranger Challenge Team, Air Assault School graduate; Insurgent Behaviors, research coordinator; College of Arts & Sciences, Student Council representative; The Alexander Hamilton Society, founder and president; Honor Adviser; First Year Council representative; Second Year Council representative; Third Year Class Council, Community Service Committee; Alternative Spring Break, Costa Rica site leader; Phi Delta Theta; taught class “Ethics in Modern Warfare”; Defense Department Language Grant; David A. Harrison Research Grant; Raven Society; Harry S. Truman Scholarship; Lawn Resident; Charles Vandersee Award for academic excellence; Edgar F. Shannon Award; Rhodes Scholarship; 

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The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.

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