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New Sophomore Monroe Scholars

Students who become Monroe Scholars as sophomores enjoy all of the upperclass benefits of the program, such as participation in the Monroe Speaker series, and $3,000 in funding for a summer research project.

Each year, a small group of rising sophomores who have done exceptionally well academically  (based on their cumulative GPA) in their first year at W&M are invited to apply for the Monroe Scholar Program. The application is based around a summer research grant proposal. Selected students will be awarded Monroe Scholar summer grants to complete their proposed research the summer of their sophomore or junior year. Charles Center staff will send eligible students email invitations to apply for the program in the middle of the fall semester (typically October). There are usually around 20 new seats available for rising sophomores. In 2021, half of this number will come from students who entered as first-year students and the other half will come from students who entered William & Mary as transfer students.