The threat of gun violence is built into Julia Gibson’s ’22 consciousness. From the Sept. 11 attacks when she was only a toddler, to the Virginia Tech shooting when she was 7, the threat has been a persistent possibility. When the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting occurred last fall she was an 18-year-old freshman at William & Mary and this time she had something to say.
"I love developing relationships with my professors. They are so accessible, friendly and, of course, unique. Talking to students at other schools has helped me realize how special my professor-student relationship is at William & Mary. Thank you so much for your gift to William & Mary; for me it makes a huge difference and it helps me afford the college I love as an out-of-state student."
Jessica Laury '19
Scholarships are powerful; they change lives for the better. And they directly affect the caliber of William & Mary’s student body, the quality of the academic experience and the prestige of the university. Every exceptional student admitted to William & Mary should have the opportunity to attend and to reach his or her full potential without financial burden. As part of our Affording Opportunity scholarships effort, William & Mary aims to raise $225 million for undergraduate scholarships support to ensure that the nation’s most able students can benefit from the extraordinary and distinct education we provide.
Scholarships Impact Fund
Gifts to the Scholarships Impact Fund are the most effective means of making a difference in the lives of students today. This flexible, immediate-used fund allows the university to boost financial aid packages each year and reduce the amount of debt a student may need to take on to afford the opportunity of attending.
When you create a scholarship endowment, you ensure that generations of students to come will have the opportunity to reach their full potential as members of the William & Mary community. Learn more about scholarship naming opportunities.
The 1693 Scholars are selected by faculty on the basis of their academic records to receive a significant financial award and the opportunity to work closely with distinguished faculty mentors and engage in independent research projects.
A James Monroe Scholarship, given to the top 10% of each incoming freshman class, allows recipients to enhance their education by pursuing self-designed summer research projects.
William & Mary Scholars are academically distinguished students who have overcome unusual adversity and/or are members of underrepresented groups.
Honors Fellowships provide an opportunity for rising seniors to receive funding for their thesis research.
The thank you letters were all addressed to Ethan Winter ’14. One after one, each student had written to thank Winter for helping to make their research possible at William & Mary. Winter’s parents found the letters in fall 2016 while cleaning out his apartment after he passed away at the age of 24. Since finding those letters, the Winters have made it their personal mission to pass Ethan’s generosity on to others.
The theme of this year’s scholarships luncheon was past, present and future, with an emphasis on storytelling from several students and alumni whose lives have been transformed by the power of scholarships. So many in the crowd of more than 400 donors and scholarship students left the luncheon saying they felt inspired, hopeful and energized — wanting to hear more about how For the Bold’s top priority is impacting the trajectory of so many lives and the future of the university.
Sara Nance, who passed away July 4, 1998 from cystic fibrosis, never got the chance to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer — but her parents, Judy P. Nance ’69 and Peter Nance ’66, are making that dream possible for others by funding the Sara E. Nance Professorship of English in her memory.
This month we spoke with Class of 2016 President, Yohance Whitaker, to hear about his favorite William & Mary memories and what he's been up to since graduation.
With basketball season in full swing, player Paul Rowley shared his unique experience with William & Mary as a Class of 2017 alum, current Marshall-Wythe law student, and active athlete.