Financial Aid and Fellowships

Financial Aid

Most Jefferson Program MPP students receive merit-based assistantships (a mix of tuition waivers, tuition credits and stipends) that considerably reduce the cost of obtaining the MPP.  Many financial aid offers carry supplemental payments that are funded by donations, including

  • The Blair Fellowship, funded by Robert Blair

  • The Finifter Fellowship, named in honor of the first Jefferson Program Director, David Finifter, and funded by former William & Mary President, Paul Verkuil

  • The Stohner Fellowship, funded by George Stohner

The Jefferson Program also offers additional named fellowships targeted at students pursuing particular courses of study, which are among our most generous financial packages. To be considered for one or more of these targeted awards, candidates should address their qualifications for each as part of the application, based on the descriptions below.

For All Applicants:

Bolin Fellowships

Named after Jane M. Bolin, the first female African-American judge in the United States, and awarded in collaboration with the National Center for State Courts, this fellowship is intended for members of underrepresented populations enrolled in the joint MPP/JD program.  In rare cases it may be awarded to MPPs who have not been admitted to the Law School, but who express an intention to do so and are likely candidates for admission. Bolin Fellows receive generous financial support during their MPP and Law coursework and a paid internship at the National Center for State Courts the summer following completion of the first year MPP curriculum.  Normally, one Bolin Fellowship is awarded annually, so there may be as many as four Bolin Fellows simultaneously.

Dodd Fellowship

Funded by Giles Dodd, this fellowship is awarded biannually to support an MPP student interested in issues of state and local policy.

Schroeder Fellowships

Funded by L. Clifford and Lois Schroeder, each Schroeder fellow is an MPP student with an active interest in health policy.  Typically assigned a healthcare policy assistantship, including work at the Schroeder Center for Healthcare Policy, the Schroeder Fellow is an individual interested in a possible career in healthcare policy. Conference attendance, professional association membership, and other expenses may be covered in addition to stipend payments as part of this fellowship.  Typically, one or two Schroeder Fellowships will be awarded annually.

Verkuil Fellowship

Funded by a gift from Paul Verkuil, former president of William and Mary, this fellowship is intended to support a joint MPP/JD student during the MPP phase of the joint degree program.  As is the case with Bolin Fellows, the typical Verkuil Fellow is interested in a career at the juncture of law and policy.  One Verkuil Fellowship is awarded biannually.

For Current William and Mary Undergraduates:

Trice Fellowships

The Jefferson Program recently has instituted a five-year accelerated degree path, admitting one or two exceptionally qualified undergraduates each year.  Funded by a generous gift from Susan and Robert Trice, applications for a Trice Fellowship are limited to current William and Mary juniors with an interest in international policy issues. The successful applicant will receive support for a joint student-faculty research project in the summer following his or her junior year and, upon successful completion of a mix of MPP and undergraduate courses in the senior year, will receive the BA.  Each Trice Fellow will then receive a full tuition waiver and generous stipend support for a fifth year of study, and be conferred the MPP upon successful completion of this fifth year of coursework.