Merit Scholarships

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Scholarships

Candidates in these pools are considered for other non-named scholarships awarded by the Darden School and Darden School Foundation.

A Note About Our Scholarship Process

Most of Darden’s merit-based scholarships do not require an additional application. If admitted, students will be evaluated for available scholarships, which are competitively awarded based on a variety of metrics and considerations. Some scholarships require a supplemental application.

In addition, certain third-party scholarships and fellowships are independently offered and awarded by the University of Virginia Darden School Foundation (and other third-party scholarships providers). These privately funded scholarships are likely to be targeted towards students from developing countries or underrepresented minority groups, or in specific areas of study. Examples of these non-University awarded scholarships can be found in several of the sections outlined below.

Typically, students will learn of any scholarship offer simultaneous with the offer of admission. Please note that not all named scholarships are available each year. Many are available every other year and some with less frequency.

LGBTQ Scholarships

  • Kirby Adams Scholarship

    Established in 2015 by Kirby Clarke Adams (MBA ’79), this scholarship was created for the purpose of providing financial support for outstanding LGBTQ students who have been admitted to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Adams retired from his 35-year global career during which he served as CEO, president and chairman of private and listed petroleum services, mining and metals companies headquartered in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, India and the U.K. Since 2014, he has served on the Darden School Foundation. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

Minority Scholarships

  • Marietta and Sherwood Frey Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 2007 by Carroll M. Warfield (MBA ’81), Warren Thompson (MBA ’83), Thomas Baltimore (MBA ’91) and friends of Sherwood and Marietta Frey. The award was established to honor Darden professor Sherwood Frey and his wife, Marietta, and to provide financial support to second year 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. Sherwood Frey joined the Darden faculty in 1979 and is currently the Emeritus Ethyl Corporation Professor of Business Administration. He is well known for his courses on bargaining and negotiations. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • Charles J. Lewis Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1985 by Lemuel E. Lewis (MBA ’72) in memory of his father, Charles J. Lewis. Lemuel is a 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. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • Warren M. Thompson Scholarship

    This fund was established in 2018 by Warren M. Thompson (MBA ’83) to support students at the School who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity.

  • 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. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • Thomas J. Baltimore, Jr. and Hilary D. Baltimore Fellowship

    This scholarship was established in 2011 by Thomas J. Baltimore Jr. (MBA ’91) and Hillary D. Baltimore to provide financial support to African-American MBA students admitted to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • 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. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • 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. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • Reginald W. Lathan Family Endowed Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 2008 by Reginald W. Lathan (MBA ’87) to support African-American students in the residential MBA program. Reginald Lathan is President of the Radford Alexander Corporation. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • T. Scott Coleman and Yasmine Zyne Coleman Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 2019 by T. Scott Coleman (MBA ’79) and Yasmine Zyne Coleman to support underrepresented minority students. T. Scott Coleman is President of SLK Realty, Inc. and has been active in all aspects of the real estate industry for the past 30 years.

Women's Scholarships

  • Kirsti Goodwin Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 2016 by Kirsti W. Goodwin (MBA ’02) to award scholarships to exceptionally qualified women at the Darden School of Business. Goodwin is a member of the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • Virginia M. Kincaid Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 2001 to provide support for female students. Virginia Morris Kincaid was a fierce advocate of business opportunities for women, and helped establish and became a director of the Women’s National Bank of Washington, chartered in 1977 to emphasize service to female customers at a time most banks still preferred to deal with men. More than 20 years after Mrs. Kincaid’s death in 1996, a foundation in her name, the Virginia Morris Kincaid Foundation, continues the family legacy of supporting innovation. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • Joel Dean Scholarship

    Established by the Joel Dean Foundation to support a female, underrepresented minority First Year Darden student who demonstrates financial need. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • Nina Sandridge Powell Scholarship

    Established by William and Carolyn Piotrowski in memory of Mrs. Piotrowski's mother. The scholarship is awarded to female students who are residents of Virginia. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.

  • Darden Women's Scholarship

    The Darden Women's Scholarship was established in 2015 to support scholarships for female students at the Darden School. This scholarship is offered by the Darden School Foundation.