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Richmond Scholars Semifinalists

Congratulations on being named a Richmond Scholars semifinalist! Please review the semifinalist application process and consider the submission guidelines as you prepare your applications. Make sure to follow the instructions within the email you received.

Application Process
General Information
  1. Please choose up to two designations in which to compete.
  2. Send in the remaining documents needed for each designation.
  3. Once your submission has been received and processed, you may check the status via BannerWeb.
  4. Finalists will be notified by email regarding the required scholarship interview. Interviews will be offered February 26 - March 3, 2017.

Additional information about the Richmond Scholars selection process is available.

All submissions should include the student’s name, University ID on essays and graded papers, and the name of the appropriate designation category (i.e., Oldham Scholars, Boatwright Scholars, etc.). All submissions should be written in English.

Stated length of replies are offered as guidelines; you may exceed the limit somewhat if necessary. The committee appreciates both clarity and brevity.

The deadline for your submission is listed in your notification email.

Electronic submissions are preferred.

You may apply for up to two designations.

Students who are chosen as finalists may consider applying to be an Oliver Hill Scholar. More information will be sent about the application process to finalists.

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.


Submit a copy of a graded paper of no more than ten pages, written in English, from a class taken in either the 11th or 12th grade that includes the teacher’s comments. While we will accept an electronic version of the graded paper, the teacher’s comments are still required (in this case, the teacher’s comments may be submitted separately from the paper.) If a paper is not available in English, we ask for a graded paper in the original language, with an accompanying translation in English, completed by the applicant. 

Email submissions to Please scan all pages of the paper as one document, a PDF or Word document is preferred. Include UR ID, name, and birth date on all documents

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 $225,000. 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.


Identify a contemporary issue or problem that has concerned you to the point of getting involved. What has been the nature of your involvement to date? Why is this issue or problem important to you? Please limit your response to a single page.

Email submissions to  Please include UR ID, name, and birth date on all documents, a PDF or Word document is preferred.

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 career in science, math, or computer science.


Provide a summary one to three pages of a recent extracurricular project (outside of your classes), scientific experiment, academic competition, or computer program related to your academic area of interest that reveals evidence of your scholarly potential and passion in that area. If you have not already done so, be sure to include a recommendation letter from a math/science teacher or mentor in order to complete your application for the Science designation.

Email submissions to  Please scan all pages as one document, a PDF or Word document is preferred. Include UR ID, name, and birth date on all documents.

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.


Submit the following required items (if you have already sent in a URL link and or resume please do not resend):

  1. a one-page résumé focusing specifically on your experience and training in the arts (including information on arts training outside your primary arts discipline and any special arts recognition);
  2. an artist statement, expressing your artistic point of view, inspiration, and motivation. Your one-page artist 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; and
  3. URL demonstrating your artistic talent.

Portfolio content requirements vary according to talent:

  • For actors and dancers, a URL link to videos containing two contrasting solo pieces, lasting no more than five minutes total for both pieces
  • For musicians, a URL link to videos or MP3's containing two contrasting solo pieces, lasting no more than 10 minutes total for both pieces
  • For composers, a URL link to videos containing two to five personal compositions
  • For theatre designers, an electronic portfolio containing up to 12 photographs of theatrical design work that includes at least one photo of a realized design or portion thereof
  • For studio artists, an electronic portfolio containing up to 12 JPEG images

The artist statement, résumé, and portfolio/audition materials (or link to online performance/portfolio) must be submitted by email. 

Email submissions to Please include UR ID, Name, and birthdate on all documents.

Status Check

You may check the status of your submission once it has been received and processed at

To log in, you will need your UR ID (found in your notification email) and your PIN, which is your six-digit birthdate (MMDDYY).

If you have questions about the Richmond Scholars process, please contact us.

Office of Scholars and Fellowships
30 UR Drive
University of Richmond, VA 23173

(800) 700-1662, ext. 2
(804) 289-8644