MBA - Tuition and Financial Aid - Second Year Scholarships

Second Year Scholarships

Every year the Second Year Scholarship selection committee, which is composed of faculty and staff, select several rising Second Years in the full-time program for merit-based scholarships based on applications and first year grades. International students and U.S. Citizens may apply for these scholarships. Individuals who are awarded scholarships are notified at the end of June.

See below for a brief description of second year scholarships; please contact the Darden Financial Aid Office at [email protected] for additional information.

Second Year Scholarships

  • Class of 1962 Reynolds C. "Bucky" Siersema Memorial Scholarship

    Established in 1987 by members of the Class of 1962 at their twenty-fifth reunion in memory of their classmate Bucky Siersema. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Second Year student.

  • Class of 1967 Jim Cappio Scholarship

    The Class of 1967 Scholarship was established in 1987 by members of the Class of 1967 at their 20th reunion. During the class' 50th Reunion weekend at Darden, the fund was renamed in honor of Jim Cappio, who served as class secretary from graduation until resigning due to poor health just six months prior to the 50th Reunion celebration. Jim's fellow classmates believed this scholarship was a fitting tribute to his longstanding service. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Second Year student.

  • Class of 1970 Everard Meade Scholarship for Creativity

    This scholarship was established by the Class of 1970 at its fifteenth reunion in recognition of Everard Meade, a retired Darden School lecturer. The endowment provides scholarships to Second Year MBA students who have exemplified qualities of creative leadership and financial need.

  • Class of 1972 Twentieth Reunion Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1992 by members of the Class of 1972 as a gift honoring their 20th reunion. The scholarship is merit-based and awarded to academically outstanding students.

  • Class of 1974 Fred Richardson Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1988 by members of the Class of 1974 in memory of a true gentleman, Fred Richardson. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Richardson served Darden for 14 years as a professor teaching courses on organizational behavior, the application of behavioral sciences to executive leadership and understanding the rhythms of work. A founding father of the Society for Applied Anthropology, he was honored with the Society's Malinowski Award in 1988 in recognition of his career achievement. The Class of 1974 Fred Richardson Scholarship is awarded with preference to students with hearing or physical impairments.

  • Class of 1977 Scholarship

    Established by the Class of 1977, this endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a Second Year student.

  • Class of 1986 Peter J. Niehaus Scholarship

    Established by the Class of 1986 to honor their Darden classmate, Peter Niehaus, who died during spring break of his Second Year. This scholarship is intended to support a student with true financial need and "honor a member of the Second Year class who, throughout his or her first year, was distinguished by an ability to promote a supportive, relaxed, and amiable atmosphere at the Darden School while achieving excellence." A member of the Class of 1986 will visit Charlottesville before the end of the academic year to interview finalists for this award. 

  • Class of 1987 G. Robert Strauss Jr. Marketing Award

    This scholarship was established in 1989 by the members of the Class of 1987 in memory of their classmate, G. Robert Strauss Jr. The award is given to a student who in his or her First Year demonstrated innovative thinking, the ability to develop unique solutions to real-world problems, flair and charisma in presenting ideas, proactive insight when challenging classmates' viewpoints, compassion for his/her fellow students, solid skills at case analysis and a requisite understanding of basic marketing concepts. The recipient exhibits the attributes of team spirit and a willingness to help other classmates, which suggests a well-balanced approach to the Darden experience.

  • Class of 1999 Kevin Bewley Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship was established by members of the Class of 1999, together with the Bewley family, in honor of Kevin Bewley, who passed away during his Second Year at Darden. The award recognizes a student who, like Kevin, has exhibited a strong commitment to the Darden and Charlottesville communities through a demonstrated record of leadership, service and social action during his or her First Year at Darden. The student also exhibits a strong commitment to careers in the areas of non-profit management, community economic development, or youth outreach and entrepreneurship.

  • Daniel Kerr Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund

    Established in honor of Daniel Kerr Stewart, this scholarship is awarded to Second Year students who have demonstrated academic excellence in their first year. 

  • Darden Exchange Scholarship

    Established in 2004 by the Darden Exchange bookstore to provide financial support for an MBA student at Darden.

  • Ernest & Patricia Wuliger Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1986 by Gregory T. Wuliger, son of Ernest and Patricia Wuliger, and friends of Ernest Wuliger in honor of his 65th birthday. Ernest Wuliger was chair of the board of Ohio Mattress Company, which became the Sealy Corporation in 1990. The scholarship is awarded to students who show promise of significant academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

  • Evenlyn Davis Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in October 2007 by Evelyn Y. Davis and the Evelyn Y. Davis Foundation to support Darden School students.

  • Frank E. Genovese Second Year Fellowship Fund

    Established in 1991 by Frank E. Genovese (MBA ’74), an alumnus of the Darden School and trustee emeritus of the Darden School Foundation. This fellowship is awarded to Second Year students at the Darden School who are in the top 30 percent of the First Year class after their first semester, and who also express a desire to seek employment in direct operating management positions in decentralized manufacturing companies or to own their own businesses.

  • Kenneth Nahigian Memorial Scholarship

    Established in 1981 by family, alumni and friends of Ken Nahigian (Class of 1967) as a memorial. Mr. Nahigian served as class president at Darden and went on to become a highly succussful and promising entreprenuer in real estate investment and management. This scholarship is awarded to a Second Year Darden student who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial capabilities and promise of building a business career centering on this trait. Where possible, financial need will also be taken into account.

  • Lee R. Johnston Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1998 by alumni, faculty and friends of Darden and the family of Mr. Johnston. The scholarship honors one of Darden's great professors who served students, executives and fellow faculty members for 33 years. Professor Johnston was a founding faculty member of Darden; the first director of the doctoral program; and a professor of finance, small business, and entrepreneurship courses. The scholarship is awarded to Second Year students with a special interest in entrepreneurship.

  • Lemuel E. Lewis Bicentennial Scholars Fund for Global Leadership

    This scholarship was established in 2018 by Lemuel E. Lewis (MBA ’72) to support students at the Darden School who demonstrate, promote and foster a global perspective and deep understanding of other beliefs and cultures including the religious, political, economic and social context in which they exist.

  • McGowan Fellows Program

    The McGowan Fellows Program supports a full-tuition scholarship to one Second Year student who is in the top five percent of the First Year class and who demonstrates leadership experience through a competitive application process. Supported by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the selected fellow participates in a host of experiential leadership development opportunities throughout the year with fellows from nine other top business schools. The purpose of the McGowan Fellows Program is to build and support a community of emerging business leaders who embody the McGowan principles of ethical leadership and will favorably contribute to a fair and just society for all.

  • Morton G. Thalhimer Fellowship

    This scholarship was established in 1969 by the Neighborhood Theatre Inc. and numerous associates of Morton G. Thalhimer to honor his 80th birthday and dedicated leadership of the company he founded. Mr. Thalhimer owned and operated 37 motion picture theatres in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and was chair of Morton G. Thalhimer Inc., a prestigious real estate firm in the Southeast. He served as a trustee for Darden for 11 years beginning in 1955, when the School opened. The fellowship is awarded for the encouragement and assistance of a Second Year student whose attitudes exemplify outstanding qualities of personal character and integrity — qualities so respected and exemplified by the man for whom the fellowship is named.

  • Thomas I. Storrs Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1982 by the North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America) in honor of its chairman, Thomas I. Storrs. This award is given to students who, like Tom Storrs, exhibit the qualities of scholarship and leadership that will make them both effective businesspeople and humanitarians.

  • Thomas G. Labrecque Ethics Scholarship

    Established by the Labrecque family to honor the career of Thomas G. Labrecque, who throughout his career and life emphasized the importance of ethics and leadership. This scholarship is awarded to a rising Second Year student who has demonstrated a commitment to ethics in business leadership through experiences previous to Darden, performance in the Darden first year ethics course, and leadership in the Darden community.

  • Turner Family Scholarship

    This scholarship was established in 1997 by the Turner Foundation. Christopher Turner (MBA ’91) was a William Michael Shermet Scholar at Darden and went on to work in leveraged finance and high yield capital markets for Merrill Lynch in the New York and London offices. Mr. Turner left his position as managing director of high yield capital markets at Merrill Lynch in 2004 to work at Barclays Capital, where he was managing director in leveraged finance until 2013. He is currently the managing director at Nomura Securities.

  • Vincent D. Choe Memorial Scholarship

    Established in 2009 by his mother, Young Ae Choe, in memory of her son Vince who was a member of the Class of 2004. This scholarship provides financial support for an MBA student at Darden.