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Ridley Program Selects Six for Full Merit Scholarships

The Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Program, committed to strengthening the University of Virginia by attracting and supporting the nation’s most meritorious Black students, has awarded full scholarships to six UVA-bound high school graduates. Five of the new Ridley Scholars come from Virginia. Each went through a competitive, multi-step process. In addition to receiving full tuition […]

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Remembering Gregory S. Ledford

The Ridley Board shares with deep sorrow the loss of former Board member Gregory S. Ledford. He was an integral supporter of the Ridley Scholarship Program and a friend to both the program and the University of Virginia. Mr. Ledford earned his degree from the McIntire School of Commerce in 1979. He stayed connected to […]

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Ridley Scholarship Program announces $1 million gift from Truist Wealth

The Ridley Scholarship Program, in partnership with the UVA Alumni Association, is thrilled to share that Truist Wealth has made a $1 million gift to establish a fully endowed Buford Scott Ridley Scholarship for the entire in-state cost of attendance for a Black scholar at UVA. Named in honor of business and philanthropic leader S. Buford Scott and Scott & Stringfellow, this gift will also support the formation of the Truist-Ridley Leadership and Financial Education Academy, benefitting rising second and third-year Black students.

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Meet UVA’s Newest Ridley Scholars

The Walter N. Ridley Scholarship Program, a foundation dedicated to strengthening the University of Virginia by attracting and supporting Black students of the highest caliber, has announced this year’s new Ridley Scholars. Five of the new Ridley Scholars arrived as part of the first-year class, while two received the honor as rising third-year students. Each […]

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Ridley Mourns the Loss of Thomas Farrell II

The Ridley Board mourns the loss of Thomas Farrell II, a true friend to the University and to the Ridley Scholarship Program. Thomas Farrell II was a Double Hoo, earning his degree in economics in the College of Arts & Science in 1976, and a UVA Law degree in 1979. After graduating, Thomas was able […]

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Dr. Walter Ridley Featured in UVA Today

“‘Walter Ridley was an extraordinary educator and leader,’ said Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education and Human Development. ‘His life and career demonstrate the values, conviction and commitment to action and equality that serve as models for the work we do as a school of education and human development. Recognizing his legacy […]

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Congrats Jolie

Fourth year Scholar and architecture student Jolie Magenheimer released an art book, Making: 16 Projects 100 Days. The featured projects were completed during an architecture course inspired by Professor Katherine Dillon at NYU. This book features work from Jolie, and her peers in the School of Architecture. Learn more about Jolie and her work here.

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Congrats Takara

Second year Scholar Takara Washington participated in the School of Nursing’s White Coat ceremony during this year’s family weekend. This ceremony marks the students clinical transition to caring for human (rather than simulated) patients. Congrats, Takara!! Send along congratulations to Takara here.

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