Richmond Scholars Semifinalists

Congratulations on being named a Richmond Scholars semifinalist. As a semifinalist, you have the opportunity to apply for up to two Richmond Scholar designations. Please review the semifinalist application process and consider the submission guidelines as you prepare your applications.

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 March 16-21, 2014.

Additional information about the Richmond Scholars selection process is available.


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.

Required Materials

Students must submit the following required information for each designation (up to two) for which they apply: NOTE: Please include your University ID on essays and graded papers.

Oldham Scholars
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.

Science Scholars
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.

Artist Scholars
Submit the following required items:

  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. three copies of an audition CD or DVD or portfolio OR an online version with a public-facing URL demonstrating your artistic talent.

Portfolio content requirements vary according to talent:

  • 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 10 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, a CD with 12 JPEG images, or a DVD (allregion, NTSC)

The artist statement, résumé, and portfolio/audition materials (or link to online performance/portfolio) may be submitted by email. If you select to submit your portfolio materials by mail, we regret that we are unable to return your portfolio materials; therefore, please submit copies rather than originals.

Boatwright Scholars
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. A scanned version submitted electronically is preferable to a fax. 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.

Status Check via BannerWeb

You may check the status of your submission once it has been received and processed. If you have not already, you will soon receive a letter in the mail with a user name and password to be able to access BannerWeb.

  1. Go to the BannerWeb login page. Click “Secure Login."
  2. Enter your University ID. Your University ID will be found at the bottom of the letter you received after you applied (not your scholarship letter).
  3. Enter your PIN. This 6-digit number can be found at the bottom of the letter you received. If there is no PIN listed, your PIN will be your date of birth in the following format: MMDDYY. For example, if your date of birth is October 23, 1992, you will have a PIN of 102392. A date of birth of February 8, 1992 will have a PIN of 020892. You will be prompted to immediately change your PIN. Please choose something you will remember.
  4. The first time you access BannerWeb, you will be asked to provide a security question and an answer to that question (note that the answer is case sensitive). If at any point you forget your PIN, click “forgot PIN” and this question will be displayed. Upon successfully answering your security question, you will be asked to create a new six-character PIN. Please choose something you will remember.
  5. Once you have created your new PIN, you will be able to access your BannerWeb information.
  6. If you are an applicant and cannot answer your security question, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (804) 289-8640 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST for assistance.
Submission Guidelines
General Information

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, however submissions may also be made by mail or fax. Please do not submit multiple copies.

Via Email

Email submissions should be sent to the appropriate address of the designation you seek:

Via Fax

Fax submissions should include your cover sheet to direct the fax to the appropriate designation category (i.e., Oldham Scholars, Boatwright Scholars, etc.). Send faxes to (804) 287-6003, and write the student’s name and University ID on the top of each page in the event that pages are separated.

Via Mail

Mail to:

Office of Admission
Attention: Director of Richmond Scholars
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Contact the Office of Admission

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

Office of Admission
University of Richmond
28 Westhampton Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

(800) 700-1662, ext. 2
(804) 289-8640