For Affinity Groups

  • In addition to the previously listed First Year scholarships, all underrepresented students who are offered admission and are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents will also be considered automatically for scholarships and fellowships administered by the Darden School Foundation and awarded by the Darden School Foundation Scholarship Committee.

    The Darden School Foundation is an independent, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation that supports the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Information on scholarships, fellowships and designations awarded outside of the Foundation are also listed here.

    Darden School Foundation Scholarships

    Class of 1975 Marianne Quattrocchi Memorial Scholarship

    In 1985 members of the Class of 1975 established the Class of 1975 Marianne Quattrocchi Memorial Scholarship in memory of their classmate. This scholarship was created to attract female candidates to Darden who otherwise might not attend.

    Consortium Fellowships

    The mission of the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, an alliance of leading American business schools and some of our country’s top corporations, is to reduce the underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans in MBA programs and the ranks of management. Qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents who can demonstrate a commitment to the Consortium’s mission and can best assist the Consortium in pursuing this mission should apply. Candidates who apply to Darden through the Consortium and are admitted compete for full tuition fellowships. The Darden School Foundation Scholarship Committee awards several fellowships each year.

    For more information and application materials visit The Consortium website.

    Joel Dean Scholarship

    Established in 1995 by the Joel Dean Foundation to support a female, unrepresented minority First Year Darden student who demonstrates financial need. 

    LGBT Scholarship Fund

    Established in 2015, was created for the purpose of providing financial support for outstanding LGBT students who have been admitted to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. 

    Kinder Morgan Excellence in Business Administration Scholarship

    The Kinder Morgan Excellence in Business Administration Scholarship was established in 1996 and is awarded to an incoming first-year MBA student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. The student must be a member of a population group that is underrepresented in MBA programs and the business community. Underrepresented individuals include those who are first- generation college students. The scholarship is awarded based on overall merit, academic achievement, character, leadership ability, and verified financial need.

    Charles J. Lewis Scholarship

    Lemuel E. Lewis established this scholarship in 1985 in memory of his father, Charles J. Lewis. Lemuel is a Darden alumnus, former member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia, former Darden School Foundation Trustee, and a former member of the Board of Managers of the University of Virginia Alumni Association. An anonymous donor enhanced this scholarship out of gratitude to Josh Darden and Lemuel Lewis, both former members of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors. The scholarship is awarded to minority students from Virginia.

    John Powell Scholarship

    John Powell (MBA '82) established the John Powell Scholarship to provide need-based support to underrepresented students who have an interest in wealth creation and entrepreneurship.

    Nina Sandridge Powell Scholarship

    Established in 2007 by William and Carolyn Piotrowski in memory of Mrs. Piotrowski's mother. The scholarship will be awarded to female students who are residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    John L. Snook Jr. Minority Scholarship

    Family and friends of John L. Snook Jr. established this scholarship in 1989 to honor the former Darden professor. While at Darden, John taught Human Resource Management and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. He also originated and directed the Darden School LEAD program, a summer session in graduate business education for minority teenagers. The scholarship is awarded to minority students with an interest in the non-profit sector.

    Marietta and Sherwood Frey Scholarship

    The Marietta and Sherwood Frey Scholarship was established in 2007 by Carroll M. Warfield (MBA 1981). The award was established to honor Darden professor Sherwood Frey and his wife, Marietta, and to provide financial support to African American students who, as a result of the opportunities afforded them by their education at the Darden School, show promise and commitment to being role models for future generations of African American leaders.

    Other Scholarships/Fellowships

    The Robert TOIGO Foundation

    The Robert Toigo Foundation is a premier organization supporting the ongoing advancement, leadership and contribution of exceptional minority graduate business degree students and alumni interested in pursuing careers in finance. The Toigo Fellowship encompasses a comprehensive leadership development program (APEx) that includes professional mentoring and coaching, a merit-based award, networking opportunities and personalized job/career support throughout business school and beyond.

    All prospective MBA students who are interested in pursuing a career in finance and are of African American, Hispanic, Native American/Alaskan Native and/or Asian/Pacific Islander descent, are welcome to apply.

    To learn more about the Foundation and to apply for the Fellowship, please visit the Toigo Foundation website.

    Point Foundation

    Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

    To learn more about the Foundation and to apply for a scholarship, please visit the Point Foundation website.

    Forté Foundation Fellows

    All women who receive a merit based scholarship from Darden are also designated as Forte Fellows. In addition to the financial support provided by Darden, fellows gain exposure to leading companies in the Forté network. You also gain an immediate network of peers in your fellow fellows that extends beyond your business school. To see additional ways you will benefit visit the Forté website.

    NSHMBA Scholars

    Students of Hispanic heritage or students with a demonstrated commitment to the Hispanic community who have been admitted to Darden may be named a NSHMBA Scholar. Scholars receive:

    • A complimentary full conference registration, which includes all meals functions, for the NSHMBA Annual Conference & Career Expo during their award year (Each student must volunteer at conference a total of four (4) hours in order to receive this complimentary registration.)
    • Each student recipient(s) also receives a special invitation to the scholarship luncheon during conference which honors and recognizes our scholarship recipients
    • Recognition on the NSHMBA website and other materials as a University Partnership Program scholar
    • Connection with local NSHMBA Chapter(s)
    • Complimentary student membership during award year (if student is not already a member)

    Scholarships for U.S. Military Veterans

    Darden Military Scholarship Fund

    Provides financial support for military veterans and those in active duty who wish to attend Darden’s MBA, MBA for Executives or Global MBA for Executives programs. The fund is flexible and provides financial aid for candidates who apply to Darden after their first tour of duty and candidates who have completed extended tours of duty and will automatically qualify for some veteran educational benefits.

    Col. James L. Fowler USMC Scholarship Fund

    A full-tuition scholarship for a student with honorable U.S. military experience; preference will be given to a member or veteran of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) or the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

    Gary T. and Elizabeth R. Jones Military Scholarship

    Established in 2009 to provide financial support to First and Second Year MBA students who have been admitted to Darden and have honorably served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. 

    John and Mary Kay Strangfeld Scholarship

    A half-tuition scholarship for a student with honorable U.S. military experience.

    G. Gilmer Minor III Military Scholarship

    A one-third tuition scholarship for a student with honorable U.S. military experience.

    Edward A. Watjen Military Fellowship Fund

    Established in 2012, was created for the purpose of providing financial support to select military students in honor of the late Edward A. Watjen. The fund was created by Thomas R. Watjen (MBA ’81) in memory of his father, a World War II veteran and himself a recipient of financial support following the war. 

    Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

    was designed to benefit veterans who are MBA students at the Darden School. The Yellow Ribbon program became effective in August 2009 with benefits designed to help to bridge the gap between the GI Bill tuition allowance and actual tuition.