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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

The Arts and Sciences Deans Scholarships will be available starting in January, 2014.    There are numerous scholarships that students in the College are able to apply for.  If interested, please visit:https://collab.itc.virginia.edu/portal/site/7b104770-7321-41fb-aa2e-e3ce461a7afb/page/97ef97c4-068f-488c-8b7a-b924c33a5cd3.  Look for CLAS Scholarships Feb 14S and then follow the instructions for submitting your application(s).   The Echols Scholarships: The Sheri Gayle Richman, Laurie Lee Woolen and the Adatto came be found at this site.   You must join the CLAS Scholarship Feb 14S site first to have access to the applications.   


Phi Beta Kappa Information

Echols Scholars: You represent some of the best and brightest here at the University of Virginia.

As such, you are potential candidates for election to the oldest and most prestigious honorary society, Phi Beta Kappa. For more than 200 years, the Society has pursued its mission of celebrating and advocating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences, and its distinctive emblem, a golden key, is widely recognized as a symbol of academic distinction.  Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities, usually in the spring of their fourth year.  

Membership in Phi Beta Kappa shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as well as to freedom of inquiry and expression. It also provides a competitive edge in the marketplace.

The Phi Beta Kappa Faculty at UVA want to encourage you to make yourself competitive for this honor.  Candidates come from the top 12 percent of students, whose studies celebrate both the breadth and depth of the liberal arts and sciences.  

Before signing up for your courses next semester, we invite you to look at our website at UVA (http://college.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/phi_beta_kappa) as well as the national website (http://www.pbk.org).  Please familiarize yourself with the requirements.




First Year Application for Admission to Echols Scholars Program

The Echols Scholars Program accepts a limited number of rising second year students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission is by application during the spring semester and is open to all enrolled first year College students. The first year admissions process is managed by the Echols Program and is aimed toward students whose high-school records may not have commended them for an initial acceptance, but who have distinguished themselves academically during their first year at the University. Criteria for selection include at least 15 graded hours each semester, a challenging selection of coursework and demonstration of academic curiosity and exploration both in and out of the classroom. As with the initial selection, there is no fixed number of first year acceptances. Students invited to join the Echols Scholars Program at the end of their first year are given the same privileges as students selected out of secondary school. 

The deadline for application by first year students in the College seeking admission into the Echols Scholars Program will be April 1, 2014. The Echols Scholars First Year Applications are now available on the Echols website (http://college.artsandsciences.virginia.edu/echols/admissions) .   Once there, scroll to bottom of the page and click on link for application.   Please follow directions completely.  

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PAID Summer Interships  $$$$ 

The Institute for Public History offers PAID summer internships for undergraduate and graduate students during the summer of 2014.  This is an opportunity to work at such public history organizations as museums, historic house sites, historical societies, libraries and archives. Students from any discipline may apply; some internships require expertise in history, architectural history, art history, public policy, education. Skills in research and writing and digital media can be applied. Many internships are available to students in any discipline who have an interest in public history.  Internships exist in Charlottesville, Scottsville, Richmond, the DC area, Charleston (South Carolina). Sites include Gibbes Museum of Art,  Library of Virginia, Scottsville Museum, Documents Compass, Ash Lawn-Highland, Virginia Historical Society,  Kluge-Ruhe Art Collection, historical societies in Vienna, and Prince William counties.  For more information on specific projects and application materials, see  http://www.virginia.edu/publichistory/intern.html

 Application deadline:  February 7, 2014.

 Please note:  In the next few weeks, a few more possibilities may be added.

 For further information, contact Phyllis Leffler at pleffler@virginia.edu.  

 Phyllis Leffler

University of Virginia

PO Box 41800

Charlottesville, VA 22904-4180


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Rare Book School will be hosting information receptions for UVA undergraduate and graduate students on Wednesday and Thursday, February 5–6. Join us either day in 118 Alderman Library any time between 4 and 6 p.m. for sandwiches and snacks, and learn more about the RBS-UVA Fellowship Program, through which students can:

• receive tuition and a $250 stipend to attend any one of RBS's summer courses;

• publish a research project employing special collections, and compete for a $500 prize;

• connect and study with visiting peers, professionals, and internationally recognized experts.

“I have seen the School's impact on my own students, from the youngest to the most advanced, who have adopted whole new ways of thinking about their scholarship after using the collections and studying in the courses offered by the RBS.” - Paul Halliday, UVA History Professor

Visit our RBS-UVA Fellowship page (http://www.rarebookschool.org/fellowships/rbs-uva/index.php) for more information.


Rare Book School (RBS), located in Alderman Library, is an affiliated foundation of the University of Virginia. Directed by University Professor and Professor of English Michael F. Suarez, S.J., RBS engages in advocacy, education, and outreach to promote the study, care, and uses of written, printed, and born-digital materials. Every year, RBS offers continuing education opportunities for students from all disciplines and skill levels to study with leading scholars and professionals in the fields of bibliography, librarianship, book history, manuscript studies, and the digital humanities. Learn more about the School at
www.rarebookschool.org (http://www.rarebookschool.org/).