CHARLOTTESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT JONAH WEISSMAN WINS PRESTIGIOUS UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA JEFFERSON SCHOLARSHIP
Jonah Weissman, a senior at Charlottesville High School, has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships in the nation. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia selected Jonah as one of 36 recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship. He will commence his studies in the fall at U.Va.
In order to be named a Scholar, candidates must undergo a rigorous, highly competitive, multi-stage selection process. This year, nearly 2,000 students were nominated for the Scholarship, 116 finalists were invited to take part in a four-day competition at U.Va., which included seminar discussions, essay and mathematics examinations, as well as interviews conducted by U.Va. alumni and faculty.
The 36 selected recipients of the 2018 Jefferson Scholarship boast a number of significant achievements and Weissman is no exception. His endeavors while at CHS include:
- CHS BACON Zero Robotics Team-international finalist and special recognition
- Pop Quiz Club
- Amnesty International Club
- NASA Governor's School
- Internship at ChartIQ (local financial technology start-up)
- Top 100 award recipient in the SANS Institute cybersecurity program in VA, and
- National Merit Award finalist.
In addition to receiving the full cost of attending the University for four years, Jefferson Scholars benefit from a number of enrichment programs sponsored by the Foundation, including travel abroad, career networking activities, an outdoor challenge program, and a leadership speaker series.