The Jepson Scholars Program

A generous donation from Mr. Robert S. Jepson Jr., B'64, GB'75, H'87, and Mrs. Alice Andrews Jepson led to the establishment in 2019 of the Jepson Scholars Foundation to support the creation and funding of the Jepson Scholars Program. The program provides up to four scholarships annually for graduating seniors to pursue a one-year master’s degree program at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers tuition, food, housing, and fees.

The Jepson Scholars Program enables future leaders to gain firsthand experience at global institutions and with people who live and work in an international environment. With the benefit of a world-class undergraduate and graduate education, Jepson Scholars will be prepared to lead at home and abroad.

Since the program's inception, 18 Jepson Scholars, including three 2024 Jepson School graduates, have received scholarships to Oxford to pursue master's degrees in fields as diverse as public policy, Japanese studies, and pharmacology. 


The Jepson Scholars Program eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Graduating seniors must be majoring or minoring in leadership studies, with preference given to those majoring in leadership studies and listing Jepson as their home school.
  • Seniors must apply and be accepted to a master’s program at the University of Oxford. The University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website provides information on applying to Oxford. Students applying to graduate school may be eligible for funds to pay for the application fee(s). Jepson students who need assistance with Oxford application fees can reach out to Career Services.
  • Only graduating Jepson School seniors are eligible. Jepson School alumni are not eligible.
  • The scholarship supports a one-year master’s degree program at the University of Oxford. It is not transferrable to another university.

Award process

The Jepson Scholars Program is limited to a maximum of four students who have obtained admission to a one-year master’s program at a college at University of Oxford. If more than four students are accepted into one-year master’s programs at Oxford, the Jepson School's Academic Affairs Committee will review the students’ application materials and recommend to the dean four students for the Jepson Scholars Program.

APPLY to be a Jepson Scholar.