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.  The 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.  The 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