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Fenwick Senior Is Among Final 120 Students in Running for University of Virginia Jefferson Scholarship

March 5, 2018

Chris Sedlacek, from La Grange, has been invited to attend ‘Scholars Weekend’ in late March on the UVA campus in Charlottesville.


Christopher Sedlacek, a La Grange, IL resident and senior student at Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL, has been invited to participate in the University of Virginia’s “Selection Weekend” for its prestigious Jefferson Scholarship.

Each year for the past 38 years, UVA receives more than 2,000 nominations from participating secondary schools for its Jefferson Scholarship, which covers the full cost of attendance at the university plus coverage of supplemental enrichment experiences. Today the undergraduate scholarship, which began in 1980, is valued at no less than $280,000 for out-of-state students: approximately $62,000 per year. The annual stipend (for four years) includes tuition, fees, books, supplies, room, board and personal expenses.


The UVA rotunda features a statue of Thomas Jefferson.

The four-day, on-campus event hosts the final 120 candidates from which this year’s Jefferson Scholar will be chosen. All associated costs for the trip are covered by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, which is named for Declaration of Independence author Thomas Jefferson, who founded the university in 1819. The foundation’s mission is “to attract to the University the most promising leaders, scholars and citizens in the world.” In the year 1800, U.S. citizens elected Mr. Jefferson to his first of two terms in office as President of the United States of America (1801-09).

“It is a high honor to be included in that group [of 120 finalists],” praises Mr. Richard Borsch, Fenwick Assistant Principal and longtime Director of Student Services. “We wish Chris well as he embarks on this exceptional experience.”

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