Darden is committed to creating an ecosystem in which women thrive. By awarding women's scholarships, Darden not only celebrates the next generation of female leaders but also creates a richer learning experience. No separate application is required to be considered for these awards.
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.
Class of 1975 Marianne Quattrocchi Memorial Scholarship
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.
D.C. Women's Scholarship
This fund was established in 2016 to award scholarships for female students at the Darden School from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
Recipients of the D.C. Women's Scholarship demonstrate merit based on a variety of factors, including exceptional academic performance, leadership, professional accomplishments, service and the ability to contribute to the diversity of the Darden community.
Darden Women's Scholarship
The Darden Women's Scholarship was established in 2015 to support scholarships for female students at the Darden School.
Joel Dean Scholarship
Established by the Joel Dean Foundation to support a female, underrepresented minority First Year Darden student who demonstrates financial need.
Kelso Family Scholarship
Established by David B. Kelso (MBA ’82) in 2016, this fund awards scholarships to female students at the Darden School of Business. Kelso is a member of the Darden School Foundation Board of Trustees.
Kirsti W. 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.
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.
Virginia M. Kincaid Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2001 by the Virginia M. Kincaid Charitable Trust to provide assistance to a female student admitted to the University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA program.
External Scholarships & Fellowships
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.