Walentas Scholars Program


Scholarship Value: $30,000
Awards Available: 15

The Walentas Scholars Program develops leaders, citizens, and scholars who are pioneers-the first or among the first in their families to earn a bachelor's degree from a college or university.

The first selection cycle for the Walentas Scholarship will begin in fall 2021, with recipients identified in spring 2022. The first class of Walentas Scholars will enter the University of Virginia in fall 2022.

The Walentas Scholar Profile

Leader: Walentas Scholars demonstrate a desire to serve others. They impact their communities through positions of leadership.

Citizen: Walentas Scholars lead by example in their communities, making a positive impact on the world around them.

Scholar: Walentas Scholars challenge themselves intellectually, taking the most rigorous courses available to them and succeeding in their course work.

First Generation: Walentas Scholars are trailblazers, the first or among the first in their families to earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university.

Student Eligibility

Who is eligible to be nominated?

Nominating secondary schools will consider all first-generation students in their senior classes who are outstanding contributors to their schools and families. Successful candidates have demonstrated exceptional leadership talents, an understanding of the broader community around them, and have demonstrated uncommon academic abilities.

What is the definition of "first generation"?

While a primary parent or guardian may have earned a certificate, credit, or an associate's degree from a college, a student is eligible for the Walentas Scholarship if neither parent or guardian in the household has earned a bachelor's degree.

My parents didn't attend or finish college, but one of my siblings earned (or is earning) a bachelor's degree. Am I eligible?

Yes. You and your sibling are both considered first-generation students.

My parent or guardian is working on a college degree right now. Am I eligible?

Yes. Because your parent/guardian has not yet earned a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university, you are eligible.

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