For over 30 years, the James Farmer Scholars Program has served as a pillar in both the University of Mary Washington Community and the communities of the four counties that the program serves. In 1987, the program was founded by several educators on the UMW Campus in conjunction with community members as an attempt to increase college access for African American Students. The program, named in honor of distinguished History and African American Studies Professor and Civil Rights leader, Dr. James Farmer, has welcomed 12 inductees from each of the four participating counties (Spotsylvania, Fredericksburg, Westmoreland & Caroline) for the past 31 years.
During Fall 2018, the program began an in-depth review of both mission and vision. In conjunction with both the UMW community and the Fredericksburg community at large, the program is undergoing a program overhaul to further define both who we serve as well as how we can serve our scholars. During this time, new scholars will not be admitted into the program. Tentatively, recruitment will resume in the Fall of 2022. Though new scholars will not be admitted during this time, the program is dedicated to continuing to provide opportunities to all current scholars. We are dedicated to our goal of providing enrichment activities aimed at supporting students in attending college.