Nominations for the Jefferson Scholarship pour in from all corners of the country and globe. During 2017, nearly 2000 students were nominated to compete. Having this depth and diversity of talent to consider ensures that we are able to invite a group of Scholars who will sharpen and challenge each other, and the University.



The Jefferson Fellowship is the premier graduate fellowship offered at the University of Virginia. Based solely on merit, the Fellowship seeks to attract Ph.D. and M.B.A. candidates.

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The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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David and Jane Walentas

A transformational gift for UVA — $100 million to benefit first-generation students

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