Oliver Hill Scholars Program

The Oliver Hill Scholars Program, named after Civil Rights icon Oliver Hill, Sr., is designed for academically accomplished, intellectually curious students who are interested in building a community of learners within a multicultural environment. During the academic year, Oliver Hill Scholars participate in engaging and culturally stimulating activities, some of which revolve around the African-American community. The Oliver Hill Scholars Program is named after Oliver White Hill, Sr., an attorney and civil rights leader from Richmond who was instrumental in legal cases concerning equal rights, voting rights, and employment protection. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999 in celebration of his contribution to the country.

Oliver Hill Scholars routinely share their experiences in an open and accepting environment, participating in a seminar series and other programs that meet throughout the year. A trip off-campus every fall is also a part of the program. Admission to the program is competitive; students are selected prior to enrollment at Richmond.

Oliver Hill Scholars receive a combined merit scholarship valued at 50% tuition (inclusive of the 1/3 tuition Presidential Scholar and the additional Oliver Hill Scholar awards) for up to eight consecutive semesters of full time enrollment. In addition, scholars receive up to $3,000 in a one-time enrichment grant to support an approved student-selected activity that enhances the Oliver Hill Scholar’s academic experience. This grant is in addition to the funds available through the Richmond Guarantee. For more information regarding the program, visit the website or contact Dr. Tina Cade, program director, via email or by telephone at (804) 289-8032.