Merit-Based Scholarships


"My William & Mary scholarship gives me the opportunity to pursue my passions for working in dementia care and conducting research on Alzheimer's."

Lydia Boike '18

William & Mary competes with the top universities in the world for the best and brightest students. When these students choose William & Mary, they help us build a vibrant and dynamic community and help advance academic and intellectual excellence. Merit-based scholarships allow us to attract such students and enhance William & Mary’s reputation as a “Public Ivy.” The university seeks support to substantially expand these programs.

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The 1693 Scholars are selected by faculty as the very best and brightest of William & Mary’s entire applicant pool. In addition to a significant financial award equivalent to in-state tuition, room, board and fees, 1693 Scholars have the opportunity to work closely with distinguished faculty mentors and engage in independent projects that may involve travel, research or a range of creative or service-oriented endeavors. There are typically 20 scholars on campus each year.


James Monroe Scholars are among the most academically distinguished undergraduates. While all incoming students are considered for the honor, less than 10 percent receive this designation. A Monroe Scholarship allows a student to enhance their education by pursuing a self-designed summer research project.


William & Mary Scholars are academically distinguished students who have overcome unusual adversity and/or are members of underrepresented racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Many are the first members of their families to attend college. Approximately 40 are recruited for each class. William & Mary Scholars have access to faculty mentoring and research opportunities through the William & Mary Undergraduate Research Experience (WMSURE).


Honors Fellowships provide an opportunity for rising seniors to receive funding for their thesis research. A full Honors Fellowship includes $6,000 for student costs, research expenses, and faculty compensation. Partial fellowships are also awarded. More than 65 students take part in the program each summer.