May 2, 2007 -- The Jefferson Scholars Foundation is pleased to announce the Jefferson Scholars Class of 2011. The group of 34, which includes students from 17 states, China, and the Philippines, will enter the University of Virginia in August.
The merit-based Jefferson Scholars program provides stipends to cover the complete cost of attending the University, including tuition, room and board, books and other University-related expenses. It also includes leadership training and foreign travel/study.
The sole criteria for selection are demonstrated excellence and exceptional potential in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. These newest Jefferson Scholars were named after a rigorous selection process that began with a record 971 nominees from across the country and the world. The list was pared to 95 finalists who participated in the 27th annual Jefferson Scholars Selection Weekend in March, from which the recipients emerged.
The incoming Jefferson Scholars are a diverse group of school and community leaders. One is the founder of a successful web design company, while another is the reigning Miss Teen Maryland. There is a third-generation cattle farmer, an Olympic Festival women’s ice hockey player, and a loan officer for the largest student-run credit union in the world. Several have done independent science research, and many are involved with debate, drama, and music. Over half are captain of a school sports team.
The Class of 2011 also includes the first Jefferson Scholarship recipient to attend the University’s School of Nursing. Together with the Office of Admission, the School of Nursing conducts an at-large review of applicants for admission who attend schools that do not nominate a candidate directly to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation.
"This year the quality of the nominees was again truly exceptional, for which we offer our gratitude to the hundreds of school counselors who nominate these outstanding young people," said James H. Wright, president of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation. "Those selected are all devoted to the pursuit of excellence both inside and outside the classroom, and have the potential to benefit the University in a most substantial way.
"We also offer thanks to the nearly 700 alumni volunteers across the country who help select the candidates. Time and again we hear from nominees that the passion for the University of Virginia shown by these volunteers makes a very positive impression about the University, regardless of the final results of the competition," Wright added.
In fact, dating back to the beginning of the Jefferson Scholars program in 1980, over 5,500 Jefferson Scholarship nominees have elected to attend the University without having won the Jefferson Scholarship. Over the last five years, Jefferson Scholarship nominees have comprised approximately nine percent of each incoming class.
Financed entirely with private funds, Jefferson Scholarships are designed to help the University attract the most promising student leaders in the country. Students may not apply to become Jefferson Scholars, but rather must either be nominated by their schools or identified through the admissions process. More than 2,700 schools are eligible to nominate scholarship candidates, including every secondary school in Virginia.
CLASS OF 2011 JEFFERSON SCHOLARS
Listed by recipient, high school and hometown
Sue Ann Abigail Adams, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia
Claudia McNeely Antonacci, Maclay School, Tallahassee, Florida
Anjun Kumar Bose, Tates Creek Senior High School, Lexington, Kentucky
Michelle Christine Chmielewski, Crystal Lake Central High School, Lakewood, Illinois
William T. Cozean, St. Ignatius High School, Hudson, Ohio
Lee Whitmore Eschenroeder, E. C. Glass High School, Lynchburg, Virginia
Carrie L. Filipetti, Clarkstown High School South, West Nyack, New York
Erin Kathleen Franey, Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon
Theodore Crockin Goldstein, Frank W. Cox High School, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Lauren Groetch, School of the Holy Child, Port Chester, New York
Catherine A. Hartmann, Voorhees High School, Oldwick, New Jersey
Justin Michael Holmes, Catonsville High School, Catonsville, Maryland
Molly Logan Holmes, Savannah Country Day School, Savannah, Georgia
Lynne Nichole Kolodinsky, Norristown Area High School, Norristown, Pennsylvania
Kelly Melissa Laustsen, Newman Smith High School, Carrollton, Texas
Warren C. Mackie-Jenkins, Highland School, Warrenton, Virginia
David Andrew McGinley, Bay Shore High School, Bay Shore, New York
Claire Hays Montaigne, The Fieldston School, Pelham, New York
Sarah Pettus Munford, Norfolk Academy, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Laura Kathryn Nelson, Noble and Greenough School, Westwood, Massachusetts
Manas Nigam, Carlisle School, Danville, Virginia
Kaleigh Brogan Oleynik, Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, North Carolina
Caroline Terrell Richards, J. J. Pearce High School, Dallas, Texas
James Thomas Rogers, Radford High School, Radford, Virginia
Alyssa Michele Schechter, Wooster School, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Gregory Scott Siegel, Kent-Denver School, Denver, Colorado
Emily Nicole Skiba, Summit Country Day School, Cincinnati, Ohio
Sarah Elizabeth Stickley, Rockbridge County High School, Lexington, Virginia
Stuart Elizabeth Stump, Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, North Carolina
Ji-Soo Suh, International School Manila, Makati, Philippines
Ning Tay, American International School of Guangzhou, Guangzhou, China
Danna Elisabeth Thomas, Broadneck High School, Annapolis, Maryland
Sarah Kristen Touse, Girls Preparatory School, Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Lian Xue, Shanghai Foreign Language School, Shanghai, China