Program developed by UMW faculty and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to address financial burdens and enhance the undergraduate experience for academically talented students interested in pursuing a major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Physics. This program includes a four year academic scholarship and two paid, hands-on research experiences that will help students develop skills for careers and post-graduate studies in the natural sciences. Ten scholars will be selected for matriculation in 2018-19, and another 10 for matriculation in 2019-20. Students must have demonstrated need as determined by the FAFSA. Preference is given to students who apply Early Action by November 15.
3.75 GPA, 1150 SAT or 25 ACT; selection will be holistic, and students not meeting these criteria may be considered.
Four year academic scholarship for students majoring in one of the programs housed under Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Physics. Scholarships will range from $4,000 to $10,000/year depending on unmet need (anticipated average is $7,500). Scholars must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA, major in an appropriate program, and participate in Jepson Scholar activities.
Jepson Scholars will participate in a variety of activities to promote skills and abilities to prepare Scholars for success in their majors and subsequent careers.
- Scholars will participate in the Jepson Scholar Early Active STEM Experience (EASE) – a 5 week residential program the summer before their first year at UMW where they will integrate with a faculty and student team to conduct cutting-edge research in the sciences ($1,000 stipend and room and board).
- Scholars will enroll as a cohort in science-themed First-Year Seminars, ensuring that their academic advisors will be from one of the science departments. Students will also enroll as a cohort in their introductory science courses and will participate in Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) for key first-year science courses like General Chemistry and Physics.
- Scholars will participate in field trips, workshops, and symposia sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development to prepare them for careers in the sciences or post-graduate studies.
- Scholars will participate in the UMW Summer Science Institute, a ten week intensive research experience, as rising juniors or seniors ($2,800 stipend, room and board, research supply funding).
Application and Timeline
- Apply to UMW including high school transcript and test scores
- Complete the FAFSA by February 1
- Plan to major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Physics
- Apply to be a Jepson Scholar. Deadline to apply is March 1, 2018. As part of the application, applicants will submit:
- A letter of recommendation
- A personal statement of up to 500 words or less
- Career goals
- Science related activities
- Selected candidates will interview with the committee in February or March and the scholars will be awarded and notified April 1.