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The Jepson Scholars Program 

In fall 2018, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies announced the creation of the Jepson Scholars Program, made possible through a generous donation from Mr. Robert S. Jepson Jr., B'64, GB'75, H'87, and Mrs. Alice Andrews Jepson. The program provides up to three scholarships annually for graduating Jepson School seniors to pursue a one-year master’s degree program at the University of Oxford. The scholarship covers room, board, tuition, 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.

In fall 2019, inaugural Jepson Scholar Sabrina Escobar Miranda, '19, matriculated at the University of Oxford in a Latin American Master of Science program. Two members of the Jepson Class of 2020 will join the ranks of Jepson Scholars in fall 2020: Taylor Hoogsteden and Lina Tori Jan will pursue master's degrees in higher education and public policy, respectively. 


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.

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

Sophomores and juniors who might want to apply to the Jepson Scholars Program their senior year should consider pursuing a double major in leadership studies and a discipline they would be interested in exploring further through a master’s degree program. They should also look for opportunities to conduct research, especially research in the form of an honors thesis.

Jepson Scholars Program information sessions are typically held in September. Information on the exact schedule is forthcoming. 


Contact Us

Dr. Kerstin Soderlund
Associate Dean for Student and External Affairs
Jepson School of Leadership Studies
Room 123, Jepson Hall
Office: (804) 287-6082
Fax: (804) 287-6062