For U.S. Students

  • Students who are offered admission to the Darden School are automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship and those selected will be notified at the time of admission. These scholarships are made possible through alumni gifts and corporate endowments and are renewable for the Second Year as long as the recipient maintains a 3.0 GPA or better.

    Most scholarships do not require an additional application, and candidates offered admission to the Darden School are automatically considered. Some, such as the Jefferson Fellowships and Batten Scholars Programs, require supplemental application steps.

    Darden Merit Scholarships

    Full tuition, one-half tuition and one-third tuition scholarships. Selection is based on a holistic review of applicants' applications for admission.


    Jefferson Fellowships

    Up to two full cost-of-attendance fellowships including full tuition, living expenses, books, computer and a research stipend. The Fellowship was established by various alumni of the Darden School in partnership with the Jefferson Scholars Foundation to secure the most exceptional MBA candidates.

    Candidates interested in being considered for this Fellowship should possess superior intelligence and academic excellence, but must also demonstrate leadership, citizenship, integrity and honor.

    For further information, please visit the Darden Jefferson Fellowship page or the Jefferson Scholars Foundation website.


    Presidential Scholarships: Madison & Monroe

    Darden's Madison and Monroe scholarships are distinguished scholarships named for U.S. Founding Fathers James Madison and James Monroe. Candidates who are offered admission to Darden are automatically considered for the Madison and Monroe scholarships.

    For more information, please visit the Madison & Monroe Scholarships page.


    Batten Scholars Program

    The Batten Scholars Program, sponsored and administered by Darden's Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, supports full- and partial-tuition scholarships for students admitted to Darden's two-year, full-time MBA program. All candidates for the program are expected to exhibit an entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership skills and a drive for innovation.

    For more information, please visit the Batten Scholars Program page


    Batten Media Fellowship

    Full-tuition scholarship plus book and computer stipend available to a candidate engaged in a career at newspapers or in other news gathering organizations. The candidate must be a full-time editorial or media employee with at least three years of experience, possess a strong interest in creating and/or leading media organizations after receiving an MBA and be a U.S. citizen.

    A special application must be obtained from the Darden School Financial Aid Office and interviews will be conducted by the Director of Financial Aid and Vice President of Communications. Contact the Darden Financial Aid Office for the special application and to schedule an interview.

    To be considered for a Batten Media Fellowship, candidates must submit their application by Round 2, and all interviews completed prior to the Round 2 decision release date.


    Stamps Leadership Fellowship

    Up to five full tuition fellowships will be awarded to exceptional students who exemplify leadership, perseverance, fellowship, service and innovation.

    Established by a partnership between the Stamps Foundation and the Darden Foundation, a limited number of students awarded half-tuition scholarships by the Darden School Scholarship Committee will be invited to compete for Stamps Foundation Fellowships. Each fellowship recipient will also be awarded a $5,000 enrichment fund to support research, conference attendance or participation on global business experiences.


    Allan and Barbara Staats Fellowship Fund

    Established in 2012, this fund was created for the purpose of providing financial support for MBA students who have been admitted to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. The fund was created by Allan W. Staats (MBA '62) in honor of his 50th reunion and in gratitude for the Darden experience and its influence on his career.


    Chesapeake Corporation Fellowship Fund

    Established by the Chesapeake Corporation Foundation in Richmond, Virginia. This scholarship is awarded with first preference to joint MBA/ME students and second preference to students who have a graduate engineering degree and the desire to put their engineering skills to work after receiving their MBA. The Chesapeake Corporation Fellowship Fund enables the Darden School to offer a fellowship to an outstanding MBA student.


    Class of 1957 Charles C. Abbott Scholarship

    Awarded to students who bring diversity of work experience to the classroom from non-traditional work backgrounds.


    Class of 1958 Charles C. Abbott Scholarship

    Established in 1987 by the Class of 1958 to honor the memory and educational philosophy of the Darden School's founding dean. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence, character and, most importantly diversity in professional practice.


    Class of 1965 Scholarship

    Established in 1985 by members of the Class of 1965 upon the occasion of their 20th reunion. The award is for one or more scholarships to be awarded annually to enrolled MBA students.


    Class of 1968 William E. Fisher Memorial Scholarship

    Established by the Class of 1968 in memory of William E. Fisher, a treasured classmate, for promising students at the Darden School.


    Class of 1972 Scholarship

    Established in 1987 by the Class of 1972, the Killgallon Family Foundation and the Ohio Art Company, for outstanding students at the Darden School.


    Colgate W. Darden Scholarships

    Established in 1981 and named for the third president of the University of Virginia, the Colgate W. Darden Scholarship supports outstanding students.


    James A. Cooper Family Fellowship

    Established in 2011 to provide financial support for an MBA student who has been admitted to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.


    Dean's Scholarship

    An endowed scholarship for students at the Darden School.


    DuPont Scholarship

    For students at the Darden School.


    Frank E. Genovese First Year Scholarship Funds

    Established in 2007 by Frank E. Genovese (MBA '74), an alumnus of the Darden School and trustee emeritus of the Darden School Foundation. This merit-based scholarship is awarded to First Year students in the School's full-time MBA program.


    Henry Wayne and Annie Griffin Lewis Scholarship

    An endowed scholarship established with a gift from Samuel A. Lewis, a former member of the Darden Foundation's Board of Trustees, in honor of his parents.


    Henry Clay Hofheimer II Fellowship

    A scholarship for candidates who are residents of Virginia or North Carolina and graduates of a Virginia or North Carolina college.


    HBM Holdings Scholarship Fund

    Established in 2015, this scholarship was created for the purpose of providing financial support for outstanding students who have been admitted to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business with a preference for students with a background in manufacturing organizations.


    Innovation in Education Reform Scholarship Fund

    Established to support students in the MBA/M.Ed. program, a dual-degree program between the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and the Curry School of Education. In May 2013, Patricia B. and W. Keith Woodard provided a current use gift to the fund which will enable a partial merit scholarship for a student enrolled or intending to enroll in the MBA/M.Ed. in Innovation in Education Reform degree program.


    Robert E. Lamb II Scholarship

    Established in 1984 by Robert E. Lamb II (MBA '70) to help a student benefit from the Darden experience in hopes that he or she will go on to make an impact in the world of practical affairs.


    John Patterson Mast Memorial Scholarship

    Established in September 1988 by Mrs. Louise Gilmer Mast, in honor of her late husband, to fund scholarships for students who demonstrate financial need and were either born in or are current residents of one of twenty-two southwestern Virginia Counties: Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Craig, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Henry, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Roanoke, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe.


    D. W. and G. B. Richardson Scholarship

    Originally established in 1956 to honor Douglas W. and George B. Richardson. Candidate must be a Virginian.


    William Richmond Scholarship

    For students at the Darden School who have demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in entrepreneurship.


    Roger H. Sherman Scholarships

    An endowed fund established by Lucille H. Sherman as a memorial to her husband, Roger H. Sherman, for students who give promise of becoming outstanding citizens.


    Sydney F. Small Memorial Fellowship

    An endowed scholarship fund established with income from a trust bequeathed by a former and dedicated supporter of the Darden School.


    William Wooding Sihler Scholarship

    Established in 2000 by alumni of the Darden School in recognition of Professor Bill Sihler's dedication to students and learning. Up to four Sihler Scholarships will be made without regard to need to candidates accepted for admission to the first year MBA Program whose academic record is above average and who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit.


    David and Jane Walentas Scholarship

    Established in 2005 by David Walentas (SEAS '61, MBA '64). The scholarship is awarded to First- or Second-Year MBA students who are enrolled at Darden, who show promise for success in business, and whose parents are not college graduates. As a first preference, the Walentas Scholarship is awarded to a student neither of whose parents has a four-year college degree. As a second preference, the scholarship is awarded to a student from a household in which only one parent has a four-year college degree.


    State Restricted — In-State-Only Scholarship

    For students at the Darden School. Candidate must be a Virginian.