What is the James Farmer Scholars Program

The JAMES FARMER SCHOLARS PROGRAM is a program designed to work with area students. It is named in honor of Spotsylvania County resident, Dr. James Farmer, a renowned civil rights leader. The program started in 1987 and is administered by University of Mary Washington. Historically, the program’s purpose was to increase the number of African-American youths who are academically prepared to succeed in college. ┬áThe program now focuses on increasing college preparedness across all underrepresented groups as defined by UMW including racial, ethnic and religious minorities, LGBT students, first generation and socio-economically disadvantaged students. ┬áThe program will accomplish this purpose by providing the JAMES FARMER SCHOLARS, throughout his/her middle and high school career, with the following:

  • guidance to select a course of study to adequately prepare for college
  • exposure to college life through a week long residential program at the University of Mary Washington during the summer
  • exposure to a variety of career and occupational choices, particularly in fields where African-Americans lack representation
  • exposure to a variety of cultural and recreational activities