Quick Facts

Rappahannock Scholar Benefits:

  • Guaranteed admission to UMW following high school, provided program criteria are met.
  • One qualifying senior from each school will receive a full Rappahannock Scholars Scholarship. All other qualifying students will be offered assistance in meeting demonstrated financial need to ensure that students and families may afford a high quality college education.
  • Support, guidance, and encouragement throughout high school to achieve high academic standards and be fully prepared for success in college.

Students are eligible to apply for the program if a student:

  • Students who attend  Essex, King and Queen Central, Lancaster, Northumberland, Rappahannock, or Washington and Lee High Schools and exhibit promising academic and leadership characteristics, may be nominated by their guidance counselors for the program.

Preference for admission to the program will be given to students who have any of the following characteristics:

  • Under-represented students who would add to the cultural diversity of the UMW student body.
  • Students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as defined by eligibility for the federal free or reduced lunch program.
  • Students whose parents have not attained a college or university education.

The student nomination process includes:

  • Nomination by your guidance counselor is the first step.
  • Nominees will be interviewed by Rapahannock Scholars staff who will make the final selection of the Scholars.
  • UMW will announce the selected Rappahannock Scholars.

Students should contact their guidance counselor if they are interested in being considered for the program.

To receive guaranteed admission to UMW, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Nominees will complete the Rappahannock Scholar Application materials.
  • Scholars must pursue coursework required for the Virginia Advanced Studies Diploma and successfully complete at least two Advanced Placement or Dual Enrollment courses during high school.
  • Scholars must achieve a final cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 to receive guaranteed admission to UMW.
  • Any Scholar not meeting all criteria for guaranteed admission to UMW may still be competitive and will be encouraged to apply to the University for admission. In the alternative, the student may be advised to attend the local community college and will be given encouragement to transfer to the University.

Rappahannock Scholars who do not meet all criteria for guaranteed admission to UMW are still encouraged to apply to the University.