These Doors Were Made to Open
When Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, he carefully framed it not as an institution where social status equaled access, but one that placed the highest value on individual talents. Access to the University today reflects Jefferson’s vision of an institution where all students who are academically qualified are welcomed — regardless of their ability to pay. University of Virginia undergraduate students annually earn more than $112 million in grants and scholarship support. This unwavering commitment to scholarship takes shape predominantly as need-based support, but also as merit funds, awards reflecting cultural and regional interests, and beyond.