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As you make plans for managing the expense of college, we want to provide you with information on need-based assistance and merit scholarships. U.Va. is a need-based financial institution. Limited merit scholarships are available. All applicants are automatically considered for our merit awards and no separate application is required. To be considered for need-based assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the CSS Profile.
University of Virginia Office of Student Financial Services
The Office of Student Financial Services is dedicated to providing students, alumni, and their families with efficient, courteous, and responsible financial services, while complying with all federal, state, and University policies. The office provides financial assistance to students, many of whom might otherwise be unable to attend the University, and strives to ease their financial lives.
University Achievement Award
This scholarship program is designed to attract exceptional in-state students to U.Va. We are looking for students who will add to the diversity of the University community. We hope this award, covering full tuition for four years, will make it easier to attend U.Va. All in-state applicants are automatically considered for this award. The most competitive applicants will demonstrate through Part II of the application that they have special talents, unique personal characteristics, and/or pressing needs that will assist us with our objective to recruit and retain a diverse student body. Academic merit, leadership, and citizenship are primary considerations. Optional recommendations are due December 1st. DOWNLOAD MSWORD VERSION OF RECOMMENDATION FORM. A student must also satisfy at least two of the following conditions: (1) have a history of overcoming disadvantage; (2) be a first generation college student; (3) be a member of an underrepresented minority or ethnic group; (4) be a member of a low income family; (5) reside in a rural or inner-city location; (6) have been raised in a single parent household.
Jerome Holland Scholarship
The Jerome Holland Scholarship was created in 1987 to help the University of Virginia compete for the most promising African American students in the country. Named for the late Ambassador to Sweden, the CAP Charitable Foundation sponsored scholarship is a reflection of his commitment to academic excellence and public service. All African American students applying to the University are automatically considered for the five to seven Holland Scholarships available each year. Most Holland Scholars are in the top 10% of their class and have a 1300 or better on the SAT.
Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund
The Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia provides scholarships for black students admitted to U.Va. Named for the University's first black graduate, The Ridley Fund is the product of the vision and generosity of the University's Black Alumni and friends. Since its creation in 1987, hundreds of alumni, parents, and friends have joined forces to award over 300 scholarships. The scholarship is awarded to matriculating first year students and students may apply after they have accepted the University's offer of admission. Applications are available in May and scholarships are awarded during the summer.
Feeling a fundamental obligation to foster Mr. Jefferson's educational ideals, the Board of Managers of the Alumni Association of the University of Virginia began awarding Jefferson Scholarships in 1980-1981. They support highly gifted students who combine the qualities Mr. Jefferson championed: leadership, scholarship, and citizenship. Students selected as Jefferson Scholars excel in a wide range of endeavors, and they eagerly lend their talents and energies to the community around them.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
The Ron Brown Scholar Program is a national program that awards scholarships to academically talented, highly motivated African American high school seniors who intend to pursue undergraduate degrees full-time. The Program honors the late Ronald H. Brown, Secretary of Commerce during the Clinton administration.
Gates Millennium Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars is a scholarship program funded by a one billion dollar grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This is a twenty year commitment designed to fund the college education of twenty thousand high achieving low income minority students. This program is also designed to help develop a group of leaders that represent the ethnic diversity of America in the 21st century.
DC Tuition Assistance Grant Program
The DC College Access Act of 1999 provides tuition subsidies to Washington,D.C. residents to attend public colleges and universities throughout the nation and private colleges and universities in the DC Metropolitan area. DC residents attending private, historically black colleges and universities in Virginia are also eligible for tuition subsidies.
The Bolívar Network is an organization of University of Virginia alumni of Latin American birth, origin, or affinity, working hand-in-hand with current students and faculty, to foster connections with one another and our alma mater in order to contribute to the further enrichment and diversity of the university and wider community by nourishing the Latino presence in the academical village.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the largest Hispanic scholarship-granting organization in the nation. HSF provides financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The students represent every region of the country, and attend hundreds of institutions of higher education throughout America. Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded more than 45,000 scholarships totaling nearly $60 million.
American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization that nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its educational programs, AISES provides opportunities for American Indians and Native Alaskans to pursue studies in science, engineering, business and other academic arenas. The trained professionals then become technologically informed leaders within the Indian community. AISES' ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society.