Looking back at four years as a Jefferson Scholar at U.Va.

Ashwanth Samuel, JS '19, embodies what it means to be a true leader, scholar, and citizen

May 17, 2019

During his four years at U.Va., Ashwanth Samuel, the Hilliard Family Jefferson Scholar, has touched many parts of the University and has proven himself to be a “humble Renaissance man”. UVA Today recently featured Ashwanth in a student profile.


Ashwanth Samuel

Hilliard Family Jefferson Scholar



The Jefferson Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship at the University of Virginia. Scholars are selected through a rigorous selection process that is based on exceptional performance in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

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The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, like its namesake, knows that virtue and talent come from all walks of life. Indeed it is this knowledge that drives the Foundation to search the world over for its recipients.

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David and Jane Walentas

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