The Bolívar Network’s First-Year Scholarship

The Bolívar Network’s First-Year Scholarship provides funds for an exceptional Hispanic/Latinx high school student from the Commonwealth of Virginia to incentivize them to attend the University of Virginia. Founded on the core principles of leadership and service to the Hispanic and Latinx community, this Scholarship recognizes the extraordinary talent of students in our community and their ability to create a lasting impact on the University, the surrounding Charlottesville community, and future post-graduate plans. Currently a one-time scholarship awarded to an incoming student entering their first-year, the scholarship committee has plans to grow both the number of scholarships and amount awarded each year.

The First-Year Scholarship was originally created in 2009 under the leadership of Hernando Herrera (‘89) and Jenny Willier Murphy (‘89) during their time on The Bolívar Network’s Board and with a generous donation from Alexandra Arriaga (‘87). Through a collaboration with Hernando, Jenny, the Network’s current leadership; specifically the Fundraising & Development Vice-Chairs Gina Flores (‘00) and Brian Zuluaga (‘20),  as well as the Scholarship & Awards Vice-Chair Hannah “Mel” Borja (‘19), and the team at Alumni Association and Admissions, the release of the inaugural First-Year Scholarship award in the Spring of 2021 was made possible.

There is no application process for the First-Year Scholarship, rather, the award is coordinated by UVA Admissions and the First-Year Scholarship Committee. If you would like to contribute to the First-Year Scholarship or to other initiatives and awards from The Bolívar Network please donate here.