James Monroe Scholar Program

James Monroe Scholars are the most academically distinguished undergraduates at William & Mary. Less than 10% of W&M undergraduates receive this prestigious designation. Monroe Scholars demonstrate a concern for community, intellectual depth, curiosity, and devotion to learning for learning’s sake.

Benefits of the Monroe Scholar program
Monroe Scholars enjoy many opportunities that adapt to evolving interests and career plans. Freshmen Scholars may apply for funding to support a summer research project to be completed the summer after their first year. Every upperclass Scholar receives a $3,000 scholarship to conduct a research project the summer after their sophomore or junior year. Both of these projects are of the Scholars' own design. The research does not have to be in the area of the student's major. The two projects do not have to be related. This encourages a unique avenue for personal and intellectual growth. Projects may be conducted on the William and Mary campus or at the Scholar’s home, or they may involve travel to specialized domestic or international locations.

Scholars are invited to take part in the Monroe Speaker series throughout the academic year. These informal, interactive sessions allow Monroe Scholars to meet and exchange ideas with William and Mary faculty and outside speakers from a variety of fields.

Becoming a Monroe Scholar
Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores are considered for admittance to the program. Selected freshman students are at the top of their high school classes, and have standardized test scores in the top five percent nationally. A select pool of high-achieving rising sophomores are invited to apply for the Monroe Scholar Program.