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Honors Given

The Thomas Jefferson Awards

The Thomas Jefferson Awards are the highest honors given to members of the University community who have exemplified in character, work and influence the principles and ideals of Jefferson, and thus advanced the objectives for which he founded the University.

One award, sponsored since 1955 by the McConnell Foundation, recognizes excellence in service to the University. The other, which was established in 2009 by the Alumni Board of Trustees Endowment Fund, recognizes excellence in scholarship. Recipients must have been at the University of at least 15 years. Those who have retired are not elegible. Each award consists of a citation and a cash prize.

For the 2014 Thomas Jefferson Awards, nominations with supporting data (e.g., resume/ curriculum vita, letters) are to be submitted to the chair of the Thomas Jefferson electronically at tjaward@virginia.edu by noon on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The subject line should include the name of the nominee (e.g., John Smith Nomination).

Visit the Thomas Jefferson Awards page to view a list of past recipients (from 1955 to present).


Intermediate Honors

Certificates are presented to the top 20 percent of those students who have earned at least 60 credits of course work at the University by the end of their first two years of study. The University's undergraduate schools with first- and second- year students - the School of Architecture, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Curry School of Education, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Nursing - bestow these awards.