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Scholar Awards for Incoming Freshmen

In addition to need-based financial aid awards, the Office of Undergraduate Admission confers three merit-based awards: the 1693 Scholars program, the William & Mary Scholars program and the James Monroe Scholars program. All applicants (both Early Decision and Regular Decision) are automatically considered for these merit-based awards. William & Mary Scholars Award and James Monroe Scholar recipients, as well as 1693 Scholar finalists, are notified in March of their senior year.

Additional scholarships offered by William & Mary include varsity athletic recruitment scholarships through W&M Tribe Athletics, and the Sharpe Community Scholars Program for which any enrolling student can apply.

1693 Scholars

The 1693 Scholars Program is our most selective scholarship, providing approximately eight students in each year's entering freshman class with extensive benefits worth the amount of in-state tuition, general fees and room & board. Scholars work closely with distinguished faculty in order to plan their course of study, and receive $5,000 to support independent projects. Finalists are notified in March when they are asked to complete additional steps in the selection process.

William & Mary Scholars

William & Mary Scholars Awards are presented each year to a group of academically distinguished students who will add to our impactful community representative of individuals with diverse backgrounds, talents, and experiences. Students selected receive a scholarship equivalent to at least the full cost of in-state tuition and fees, in addition to mentoring and advising opportunities available through the W&M Scholars Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE).

Selection for the awards is competitive, and W&M welcomes nominations from school counselors to help identify outstanding candidates for the awards, but this is not required for consideration or selection.

James Monroe Scholars

The James Monroe Scholars Program offers a $3000 summer research stipend to approximately 10% of accepted freshmen, empowering selected scholars to explore an academic area of their choice. Benefits to this program include a special housing option during freshman year, priority course registration as an entering freshman and the invitation to take part in additional seminars throughout the academic year.

Additionally, both Virginia residents and out-of-state U.S. citizens or permanent residents typically have 100% of their demonstrated financial need met through our need-based aid programs.