Scholarship Thank You Reception Group PhotoWhat's our number one priority, now and evermore?

Scholarships are powerful; they change lives for the better. And they directly affect the caliber of William & Mary’s student body, the quality of the academic experience and the prestige of the university. Every exceptional student admitted to William & Mary should have the opportunity to attend and to reach his or her full potential without financial burden. Consider making a gift to scholarships at William & Mary today to help ensure that the nation’s most able students can benefit from the extraordinary and distinct education we provide.

Scholarships Impact Fund

Annual Report

Almost 1,400 William & Mary alumni, parents and friends contributed more than $1 million to the Scholarships Impact Fund last year. This flexible fund allowed our financial aid staff to assist those who need it most, with more than half of the recipients eligible for Pell Grants and more than a third the first in their family to attend college.

Now more than ever — amid the pandemic and financial hardships families are facing around the globe — scholarships have the power to transform lives.

Amber Blanton ’21 and other students you’ll meet in this report offer a small glimpse into the thousands of unique stories about the profound impact of scholarship support throughout the W&M community.

2021 Scholarships Impact Report Cover

Make a difference in the lives of students

To make a difference in the lives of students immediately, please donate to the Scholarships Impact Fund today.

For more information about creating a named scholarship, see the Scholarships Naming Opportunities or contact the Office of Scholarships & Special Projects.

2021 Commencement: Jonathan Diaz-Ramos '21 & Vanessa Guzman '21


Celebrating and Supporting First-Generation Students at William & Mary

Approximately 10% of current William & Mary undergraduates are the first in their families to attend college. Our first-generation students are high achieving and persistent, however, some struggle to find assistance to meet their unique needs and can benefit from building connections with others with similar experiences.

As part of W&M’s One Tribe One Day on April 13, 2021, the university held a panel discussion featuring first-generation students who shared their experiences. Joining the students were faculty and staff who described campus-wide efforts to support them.

Watch to learn more and discover how you can also support our first-generation students.


  • Drew Stelljes, Ph.D. ’07, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement & Leadership
  • Jordan Shields ‘23
  • Lauren Garrett ’02, Director, Student Transition Engagement Programs
  • Katherine Barko-Alva and Iyabo Osiapem, WMSURE Co-Directors
  • Orley Estrada ‘23
  • Kathleen Powell, Associate Vice President for Career Development
  • Shené Owens, Associate Director, Center for Student Diversity
  • Amber Blanton ‘21
  • Suzie Armstrong ’93, Executive Director of Development for Scholarships & Special Projects

For further information about these and other opportunities to support scholarships, please contact:

  •  Suzie Armstrong '93 ,  Executive Director of Development for Scholarships & Special Projects
  •  757-221-7647