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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.

Only students who are selected as Richmond Scholar semifinalists will be asked to submit: 

  • A one-page résumé focusing specifically on your experience and training in the arts (please include information on arts training outside your primary arts discipline and be certain to include any special arts recognition.)
  • A one-page artist’s statement (an expression of your artistic point of view, inspiration, and motivation). Your one-page artist’s statement should be a written reflection on why the arts are important in your life and what role you expect the arts to have during your college experience.

Depending upon area of interest Richmond Scholar semifinalists will be asked to submit:

  • For actors and dancers, a video audition DVD containing two contrasting solo pieces, lasting no more than five minutes total for both pieces.
  • For musicians, an audio audition CD containing two contrasting solo pieces, lasting no more than ten minutes total for both pieces.
  • For composers, an audio audition CD containing two to five personal compositions
  • For theatre designers, a portfolio containing up to 12 photographs of theatrical design work (preferably in an electronic format) that includes at least one photo of a realized design or portion thereof
  • For studio artists, a portfolio containing up to 12 slides, or CD with 12 JPEG images, or a DVD (all-region, NTSC) under 10 minutes

Please email all submissions to

For further details about the required Artist Scholar submissions, please contact the Scholars office.

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.