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. To verify your school’s eligibility, please e-mail the Foundation at

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.



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