Becoming a James Farmer Scholar

To be considered for the James Farmer Scholars Program a student must be nominated by an educator, parent or community member. The JFS program asks that nominators consider students who would benefit from the program’s offerings.  We are looking for those students who in the future hope to attend college, may be first-generation or underrepresented students with the potential to succeed. We are seeking students who are enthusiastic about learning, interacting with other highly motivated students and are willing to make a commitment to being a part of a program that has a long standing tradition here at the University of Mary Washington and in the surrounding communities

We look for students with a B average or above in all or most classes. Once in the program, students are expected to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA during throughout their time in the program. Our program will not tolerate misbehavior that results in recurring suspensions, detentions, etc.

In other words, we are looking for students who want to achieve and may need some extra assistance in realizing their dreams. We are a pre-college program and these students will be expected to pursue college preparatory programs in school and maintain academic success.

After students are nominated, the schools will begin the selection process which includes several steps including an essay, application and if selected, an interview with the JFS Board.