Sharpie Life

"Spotswood is an amazing place to live for freshman year. I love that there is diversity in the scholars that reside in Spotswood; it is not just Sharpies, but also Monroe Scholars, 1693 Scholars, and St. Andrews students.

"Additionally, the environment in Spotswood is very relaxed and everyone is friendly and encourages each other to succeed. This atmosphere helps make the William and Mary experience more meaningful. I will always cherish my Spotswood family."- Sabrina Mayor '18

In addition to the academic rewards, there are several immediate, practical advantages to becoming a Sharpe Scholar:

  • A living-learning environment - If you apply and are accepted early to the Sharpe Program (before May 31), you may choose to live in a Spotswood Hall* - a dormitory specifically for Sharpe and other Scholars. This living-learning environment has many advantages, including:
    • you will immediately be surrounded by people with whom you have at least one common interest
    • an easier transition from high school
    • more frequent personal interactions with faculty
  • Priority Registration - If you are accepted into the program before August 1, you will be among those who have first choice in choosing your fall semester classes. 
  • Research Funding - After your first year, you will be able to apply for $3,000 of funding for community-based summer research

"Spotswood is the place to be! It housed some of the funniest, most altruistic, and genuine people I ever met during my freshman year at William and Mary.

"Spotswood really embodies the William & Mary ideal of everyone being connected, regardless of where you're from or what floor you live on. I encourage anyone who has the Spotswood opportunity to cherish it because it truly represents so much more than a building." - Nathanael Paige '18

The Sharpe Community Scholars Program will be a big part of your first year at William & Mary. You will be in classes with other Sharpies, work on research problems with other Sharpies, and most likely live with other Sharpies. After your first spring exams are over, your day-to-day involvement with us will diminish.

But - once a Sharpie, always a Sharpie. Perhaps you will take your new-found skills and use them in other parts of your life. You may decide to take the research project you worked on as a freshman and turn it into a summer research project, or even an Honors Project. Maybe you'll decide to continue your direct involvement with the Program by becoming a Sharpe Fellow and help mentor the next group of Scholars.

Even if you grow away from us, the skills and connections you develop by participating in the Sharpe community will continue to serve you for the rest of your life.

*Spotswood Hall is located in the Botetourt Complex of freshman housing.