The University of Richmond and the Jepson School of Leadership Studies have long placed value on a global education. To ensure excellence in global education after graduation, there is none better than the oldest university in the English-speaking world: the venerable University of Oxford.
The Jepson Scholars Program was established in 2019 and provides annual scholarships for graduating Jepson School of Leadership Studies seniors to pursue a one-year master's degree program at the University of Oxford. Jepson Scholars gain firsthand experience by living in an international environment and developing a more holistic understanding of the world at large.
With the benefit of a world-class undergraduate and graduate education, Jepson Scholars emerge prepared to lead both at home and abroad. The enhanced understanding of worldly diversity supports the Jepson School's original mission, encouraging students to develop as conscientious, civic-minded individuals and preparing them to assume the responsibility of leadership.
Under the direction of Mr. Robert S. Jepson Jr. and Mrs. Alice Andrews Jepson, and with fervent support from leadership at the University of Richmond, the Jepson School of Leadership Studies opened its doors in 1992. Inside Jepson Hall, young minds receive a disciplined education in ethical leadership, shaping their growth as leaders. At the Jepson School, we take immense pride in these accomplishments, but know our mission to educate the world's future leaders is ongoing. We turn our eyes to the future and are eager to answer the question: What comes next ... ?
Dr. Sandra J. Peart became the fourth dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies in August 2007 and currently serves as president of the Jepson Scholars Foundation. In the 28 years since its inception, the Jepson School has established a renowned formal lecture series with the Jepson name, launched new leadership programs in collaboration with other distinguished University of Richmond schools, created a program to host international scholars, awarded an annual $180,000 toward research grants and leadership projects, and graduated more than 1,700 leaders who actively promote positive change in our world.