35 Exceptional Students Will Matriculate at U.Va. This Fall as Jefferson Scholars


The Jefferson Scholars Foundation has announced the names of 35 young men and women who will commence their studies at the University of Virginia in August as the Jefferson Scholars Class of 2019.

Awarded on the basis of merit, the Jefferson Scholarship aims to attract to the University well-rounded students who exemplify three qualities that define the life and legacy of U.Va. founder Thomas Jefferson – leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Candidates undergo a highly competitive selection process and, if chosen, receive full financial support for four years of study at U.Va.

“In my 31-year tenure as president of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, what has struck me again and again about the individuals who become holders of our scholarships is they, to a person, do not take lightly the generosity that is given to them,” Jimmy Wright said. “I have observed them pay it forward to the U.Va. community in countless ways – not only in the leadership they offer as students, but also in their desire and willingness to give back as alumni.”

Hundreds of Jefferson Scholars have served in and led some of the most prominent student organizations at U.Va. over the years, including the University Judiciary Committee, Student Council, Madison House, the Honor Committee and The Cavalier Daily. Just as many have made their mark on the University by initiating and launching their own movements and organizations; Spectrum Theatre, Day of Silence, One in Four, Seriatim, Flash Seminars and the Alexander Hamilton Society are among some of the many initiatives started by Jefferson Scholars.

“It is inspiring to see the virtuous cycle that is created from bringing these diverse, driven and community-minded leaders to U.Va.,” said Ben Skipper, director of the foundation’s undergraduate and graduate programs. “They come to Grounds with the desire to contribute and they go on to make a notable impact while they are here. Ultimately, they graduate fully invested in the notion that, even as alumni, they can continue to make the University a better place.”

The Class of 2019 Jefferson Scholars come from 13 states and three foreign countries and join a community of 97 current Jefferson Scholars.

For a complete list of the incoming Jefferson Scholars click here.

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Jimmy Wright

President Jefferson Scholars Foundation