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Richmond Scholars Selection 2017-2018

By Tom Nicholas

December 1, 2017

Today is December 1st, our deadline for Richmond Scholars consideration. Any application on file by today will be considered automatically for this scholarship, Richmond’s most prestigious. It’s important to note that today’s deadline is not an early or separate admission plan; you still need to select a plan (Regular Decision and Early Decision II are the remaining options at this point), and there’s nowhere on the application you need to indicate that you want to be considered for Richmond Scholars (that happens automatically). Early Decision I and Early Action applications are already under consideration, since they were on file well in advance of the deadline.

There have been a few changes to the Richmond Scholars program and selection process this year, so information you find on older blog posts (or other online sources like College Confidential) may be out of date. I’m writing this post to provide some insight into the new structure and selection process. On the structural side:

  • Around 25 Richmond Scholars will be awarded.
  • All Richmond Scholar awards will cover full tuition, room and board.

The selection process will also look quite different. Unlike in past years, when there was a multi-stage process with several hundred semi-finalists picking among different scholar designations and submitting additional materials, things are much simpler this year. Students who are selected as finalists will be notified in late January, and will be asked to submit an additional essay at that time, in advance of Skype interviews (or possible on-campus auditions for Artist Scholars) in February. Those who ultimately receive the scholarship will be invited for an all-expense-paid visit to campus in early April.

As in past years, students who don’t advance in the Richmond Scholars process aren’t notified: if you don’t hear anything from the scholar committees by the end of January, it's safe to assume your application hasn't been selected, and you can expect to receive an admission decision on or around your application plan’s notification date. Given the high level of competition for Richmond Scholars, the chances of being named a finalist are quite small; though we don’t know the exact number of finalists who will be notified, it is certain to be far fewer than the 300-400 semi-finalists selected in past years (which was itself a relatively small percentage of the many thousands of applicants under consideration). Keep in mind that all applicants will also be considered for our one-third tuition Presidential Scholarships (of which there are a larger number awarded); these notifications come directly with offers of admission.

If you have any questions, feel free to post below. And to all students applying today, best wishes in the admission and Richmond Scholars consideration process!

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Senior Assistant Director of Admission 


A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission


Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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