Overseers Scholars Program

The Overseers Scholars Program identifies, recruits and develops top-ranking undergraduate students to compete for important scholarships. Through the program, students gain the sophisticated perspective and social presence required to qualify for prestigious awards that typically include the Rhodes, Fulbright, Truman and Goldwater scholarships, as well as other awards and honors.  Students who participate in these programs often travel abroad to study or conduct research and, ultimately, become important contributors to the academic community.

Through the essential support of the UofL Foundation, the Overseers Scholars Program is marked with success. Since 2003, UofL students and alumni have earned 68 Fulbright awards, more than all other Kentucky colleges combined. In 2009, UofL graduate Monica Marks was named a Rhodes Scholar and in 2010 and 2011 the university placed among the nation’s top 20 institutions for producing Fulbright winners.

“The Foundation has provided tremendous support for the Overseers Scholarship Endowment Fund by providing the initial funding until the Overseers raise $1 million from their own solicitation. It has also paid for opera, ballet, and other arts tickets to enhance the cultural education of our honors students. We have generated Truman and Fulbright scholars from among this pool, and it has been an excellent attraction for outstanding students.”

— Patricia Condon, Associate Director, Overseers Scholars Program