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jefferson scholarship

jjjamjjjam Posts: 3Registered User New Member
edited September 2007 in University of Virginia
I wanted to know what my chances of getting the Jefferson Scholarship. I'm a black male who has a 2350 SAT and a 3.5 gpa (which is kind of low). I'm out of state. What do you think my chances are?
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  • sv3asv3a Posts: 751Registered User Member
    You have to be nominated from your school to be a Jeff Schol, and it has to do a lot with your activities outside your academic numbers, particularly ones that demonstrate leadership skills, and after a certain point they start interviews, etc so it depends on your performance there. Regardless, UVA has numerous financial aid options for black students so you aren't missing too much if you don't get it.
  • funkydesifunkydesi Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    everyone's chances of getting a jefferson scholarship are pretty low, because they only select around 30 people to get it out of all the hundreds of students who are nominated by their schools for it. It is primarily based upon the leadership skills that you possess, and you have to show that thru several steps to get it.
  • ehiunnoehiunno Posts: 878Registered User Member
    probably not very good. You may have a shot but with a 3.5 gpa i doubt you will get your schools nomination. You should talk to you councilor about it.
  • mintymojitomintymojito Posts: 74Registered User Junior Member
    The Jefferson Scholarship is extremely difficult to get, and depends on much more than just grades. You need very good leadership skills, and, probably most importantly, extremely polished interview skills. The interviews they do for the Jefferson Scholarship are very tough and they get a lot of information about the kind of student you are from those interviews.

    In addition, a lot of it is luck as you have to be nominated several times as the most qualified candidate at each level, from school on up. An excellent SAT score such as yours won't hurt at all, but it's not going to help too much when applying for the Jefferson Scholarship.
  • mono172000mono172000 Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    Sorry, I don't want to jack this thread, but I'm curious what sv3a was referring to when they said that there were numerous scholarships for African American's at UVA. Can you be a little more specific?
  • GlobalistGlobalist Posts: 1,571Registered User Senior Member
    Mono172000,

    UVA has The Ridley Scholarship Program created and funded by UVA's black alumni.

    Besides its own scholarships, Ridley also acts as an umbrella for a host of other African-American scholarships at UVA such as the following, which were also created and funded by UVA alums and other outside scholarship organizations.

    The Annetta Thompson Scholarship
    The Gregory Ledford Endowed Scholarship
    The Gregory R. Batipps Memorial Scholarship
    The Guinee Family Endowed Scholarship
    The Lois E. Kirby Scholarship
    The Maryland Ridley Scholarship
    The Meikel Andrade Memorial Scholarship
    The New York Ridley Scholarship
    The Ravenell "Ricky" Keller, III Memorial Scholarship
    The Richmond Ridley Endowed Scholarship
    The Ridley Graves Memorial Scholarship
    The Ridley Reid Endowed Scholarship
    The Ridley Ernst & Young Scholarship
    The Riversville Foundation Scholarship
  • floridastudentfloridastudent Posts: 439Registered User Member
    Globalist do you have to apply to all those "umbrella" scholarships?
  • GlobalistGlobalist Posts: 1,571Registered User Senior Member
    Actually, I don't know. You should contact the Ridley Scholarship directly. Here you go:

    Jenny DeGraff
    Assistant Director of Ridley and AIGs
    RidleyFunds@virginia.edu
  • mono172000mono172000 Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    thank you, thats very helpful.
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