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Echols Scholars Program

What you can do as an Echols Scholar

The Echols Scholars Program is predicated upon the Jeffersonian ideal of freedom of inquiry and the development of critical thought.

It offers special opportunities to those undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences who are its most avid learners.

Aspiring Medical Doctor and Actor

“While in med school, I plan on continuing to share my artistic talents at professional theaters and on Television. It is my quest to use my craft to inspire and heal others.”

Read more about Jean-Mary Aubourg

Opportunities Abound

"With the Echols program I was able to pursue all of my intellectual interests, without the general educational restrictions."

Read more about Joe Borja

Engaging at U.Va. and the Community

"I am excited to work with the entire UVA community to improve the academics around grounds."

Read more about Robert Tyler Crown

Bridging Cultures in Medicine

"My long-term goal is to become a doctor serving a community...bridging cultures to alleviate the fear and isolation patients may feel when seeking care in a foreign environment."

Read more about Christa Doerwaldt

Visit to Brazil Turns to Thesis

"I thought critically about my surroundings and my interactions in various environments, while also negotiating my own identity as a dark-skinned African-American woman."

Read more about Wintre Foxworth

Evolution of Language

"Some of my favorite childhood memories are learning different languages with my father, or tackling the literature/language quizzes he would sneak into my lunchbox."

Read more about Jesse Hrebinka

Early Graduate

"Having matriculated with two years' worth of AP credits, the Echols program gave me the opportunity to immediately pursue my academic interests."

Read more about Allen Kha

A Liaison Between Cultures

"My background has fostered in me a desire to explore and experience an array of different cultures."

Read more about Milagros Mellenkamp

A Passion for Politics

"My goal is to one day become a staffer on the Hill to draft effective policies that alleviate social and economic inequality."

Read more about Edward Smith

Serving the U.Va. International Community

"I believe that U.Va. is top-caliber university that deserves the best students around the world, and that its status as the Public Ivy should not be a financial deterrent to the admitted international students."

Read more about Bin Xie

Benefits of the Echols Scholars Program

Echols Scholars “Days on the Lawn”

Students who have been admitted to the Echols Scholars program are invited to attend one of our Days on the Lawn open house events on Grounds this spring. Echols-specific events this spring.

Days on the Lawn will be held on: March 30, April 3, 6, 8, 9, 15, 17, and 20.

Each of these dates has both general and Scholar-specific events as part of the program. Please visit the admitted student website for a tentative Days on the Lawn schedule. Please use your myUVa account to log in and register for any of these admitted students events.

Echols Event Schedule:

11:30 am - 1:00 pm  Lunch with current scholars and tour of the Scholars residence

We will gather for lunch at 11:30 am just outside the front entrance of Observatory Hill Dining Hall. You will be met by an Echols Ambassador for lunch and a tour of Balz-Dobie, the Scholars residence hall.

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm Panel Discussion led by Professor Michael Timko, Echols Program Director

Please join us in Jefferson Hall for an informal conversation and questions and answers about the Echols Scholars Program featuring the Professor Timko, Echols Association Dean, Sarah Cole, and current Echols Scholars.

2:00 pm -3:00 pm Scholars Garden Reception

            Please join us in a relaxed environment in Pavilion Garden I to meet other admitted and current Scholars. Students only, please. No RSVP necessary.

If you wish to talk with an Echols Scholar before your visit please visit the Echols Ambassador website at http://www.echolscouncil.org/accepted-echols-scholars/.


Admission to the Echols Scholars Program after the First Year

The Echols Scholars Program accepts a limited number of rising second year students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences into the program annually. Admission is by application made during the spring semester.  The deadline for application is April 1, 2015. Updated information regarding application procedures and the required application forms are available at the following link:  First Year Application to the Echols Scholars Program .  

Please note, the website is currently being updated and therefore some links may not be operational.