Becoming a James Farmer Scholar

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.

While the University oversaw recruitment and selection of scholars in previous years, the program began an in-depth review of both mission and vision in the Fall of 2018. In conjunction with both the UMW community and the Fredericksburg community at large, the program underwent a program overhaul to further define both who we serve as well as how we can serve our scholars. As a result, beginning June 2021, each locality will be manage scholar recruitment.

For information on eligibility and scholar requirements, please contact the school for details.