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For Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Students

UVA BIS Dean’s Scholarship
The UVA BIS Dean’s Scholarship is a one-time scholarship for incoming students to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree completion program. The Scholarship will award each recipient up to $2,500. The first round of scholarships were awarded for Spring 2018 admission. Individuals who submit an application to BIS and are accepted for admission will be considered. A separate scholarship application is not required. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on their BIS application essay, as well as the overall strength of their application in demonstrating potential for success in the program. Individuals must be Virginia residents, or be eligible for in-state educational privileges.

Current BIS students are not eligible for the Scholarship.  

Osher Reentry Scholarship
Supported by a generous gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation, Osher Reentry Scholarships are available to reentry students enrolled in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) with a significant gap in the pursuit of their undergraduate degree.  Minimum qualifications include:

  • Reentry students must have experienced a cumulative gap of five or more years between their first pursuit of an undergraduate degree and their current enrollment in BIS
  • Students are at the undergraduate level and pursuing their first baccalaureate degree
  • Students anticipate participation in the workforce for a significant period of time upon degree completion
  • Students show academic promise and a commitment to obtaining their degree
  • Students demonstrate financial need and submit their financial aid application directly to UVA Student Financial Services

Student must complete a scholarship application form, and include a short statement (200-400 words) describing why their college experience was interrupted, their reasons for reentering to complete their undergraduate degree, and their aspirations upon graduation.

For more information, please contact Suzi Dougald, 434.243.2558 or [email protected]

For Degree Students

Charlottesville Scholarship Program
The Charlottesville Scholarship Program (CSP) was established to assist City of Charlottesville employees and students who would like to further their education, but do not have the means to do so. Scholarships are awarded to low and moderate income candidates who have graduated from the Charlottesville Public Schools and are residents of the City, or persons who are employed by the City, and who are in need of financial assistance to attend an accredited two or four year college, technical school or certification program that upgrades job related skills. Learn more about eligibility requirements and applying.

Tobacco Region Loan Forgiveness Program
The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (Tobacco Commission) established a program in 2002 to offer assistance with a bachelor’s degree and therefore strengthen the economies of Southwest (SW) and Southside (SS) Virginia through education and training of its citizens. Recipients will be applying for a loan with terms offered to earn forgiveness after graduation. Residents of SW or SS localities enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited 4-year college or university, in-state or out-of-state, can submit an application. Residents of the counties outside of SW and SS Virginia are not eligible to apply. Learn more about eligibility requirements and applying.  

For Post Bacc Pre-Med Students

Dishner Rural Healthcare Loan/Scholarship

The Paul F. Dishner Rural Healthcare Loan/Scholarship Program provides need-based financial support to students in the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program.  Applicants who have been accepted to the PBPM program are encouraged to apply for Dishner funds if they intend to practice medicine in the underserved rural areas of Appalachia, including Southwest Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, and Northern Tennessee. Once a PBPM graduate has entered the practice of medicine and fulfilled the donor’s requirements to practice in the Appalachian region, the loans become scholarship and there is no repayment required.

One of seven children born in 1925 to a poor but respected and hard-working family in Duffield, Va., Dr. Dishner knew he wanted to be a doctor from the age of 9. His desire was inspired in part by his mother, Sibyl Miller Dishner, who served the Duffield community as a lay midwife at a time when the scarcity of doctors in Scott County meant she both delivered babies and tended to other health concerns of her neighbors.  Throughout his career, Dr. Dishner maintained a lifelong interest in Southern Appalachia and by establishing this fund at his death, he hoped to improve the quality of health care in the region.

For more information, please contact Susan Salko at 434.982.5288 or [email protected]