Noah Schmeisser ’19 Receives Prestigious Jefferson Scholar Designation at UVA

Noah Schmeisser ‘19 will join the University of Virginia’s class of 2023 as a Jefferson Scholar.  “This is the first time in recent memory a Hopkins senior has been named a Jefferson Scholar,” said Erika Chapin, Director of College Counseling.  “This is a huge achievement. The Jefferson Scholars program is a highly selective, global, merit-based award and we are just thrilled for Noah– and Hopkins too!”

As described by the University of Virginia, candidates for the designation of Jefferson Scholar can only be nominated and must possess exceptional potential in the three areas that defined the life of Thomas Jefferson and that serve as the foundation’s selection criteria: leadership, scholarship and citizenship. Jefferson Scholars are recognized as strong-thinking, intellectually curious and civic minded.

Noah shared, “I met some incredible people when I went down to the scholarship selection weekend, and I'm very excited to be able to spend the next four years with them. I love UVA as a school, but I'm definitely most excited for the relationships that I will form there.”
Jefferson Scholars receive a fully paid four-year comprehensive scholarship which includes supplemental enrichment experiences and opportunities for travel-based study.   

“The financial aspect of the scholarship is obviously a huge benefit,” commented Noah. “I didn't think that I had any realistic shot of getting the scholarship until a couple days before I actually received it, so it was definitely a surprise.”