The Richmond Scholars program is divided into four designations: Artist Scholars, Boatwright Scholars, Oldham Scholars, and Science Scholars, which are used to determine additional educational advantages. Those advantages include stipends for an expanded educational experience, guaranteed housing, priority registration, and invitations to special designation-specific events.

Artist Scholars

Up to six Richmond Scholars with extraordinary talent and who will major or minor in the visual or performing arts are awarded a full-tuition scholarship and are paired with arts faculty mentors to maximize opportunities to develop students' talents. 

Boatwright Scholars

Up to 20 Richmond Scholars will be designated as Boatwright Scholars and receive full tuition. Through a range of majors and concentrations, Boatwright Scholars are distinguished by their commitment, both individually and collectively, to strengthen and broaden the intellectual life of our campus. The award is open to students interested in any field of study and is based on a combination of academic achievement and personal qualities.

Oldham Scholars

Up to seven Richmond Scholars will be designated as Oldham Scholars, and their award will equal the value of full tuition plus room and board. Over four years, the value of the scholarship for a student designated as an Oldham Scholar will exceed $200,000. Since 1983, the generosity of the late alumnus Mr. W. Dortch Oldham and his wife, Sis, has enabled the University to award such scholarships to those incoming students who exemplify the highest scholarship, personal integrity, and potential for leadership.

Science Scholars

Up to 12 Richmond Scholars demonstrating passion and excellence in scientific research and discovery in the sciences, mathematics, and computer science will be designated as Science Scholars. Up to four of these will receive tuition, room and board. The remainder will receive full tuition. All Science Scholars must major in the sciences and exhibit a strong potential for the successful pursuit of a careers in a science, math, or computer science.