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Gravely named U.Va. Jefferson Scholar
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Anne Pryor Gravely (center), a Carlisle student who has been awarded a Jefferson Scholarship to the University of Virginia, is flanked by Carlisle college counselor Susan Aaron (left) and Upper Division Director Gayle Jessee. (Contributed photo)

Friday, March 29, 2013

Carlisle School senior Anne Pryor Gravely has been awarded a Jefferson Scholarship, which covers all expenses for four years, in this year’s incoming freshman class at the University of Virginia (U.Va.).

She was one of 30 students selected this year, out of nearly 1,500 applicants.

The merit-based Jefferson Scholarship stipend is intended to cover the entire cost of attendance for four years at the University of Virginia (around $102,000 for in-state students), including tuition, fees, books, room and board, supplies and personal expenses.

Also, there is an extensive enrichment program that aims to support and nurture these students throughout their four years at U.Va.

Knowing that she won the award “still feels very surreal,” Gravely said Thursday. “There was a lot of stiff competition. Most of the other competitors were very strong. They knew what they wanted.”

Gravely said she has not decided on a course of study yet, but she is interested in biology or English.

To apply for a Jefferson Scholarship, students must be nominated by their high school. More than 4,000 secondary schools were eligible to nominate students this year.

Carlisle senior Lori Yeaman also was nominated and made it to the second round of selections.

Recipients were selected after a rigorous four-day selection weekend March 21-24 in Charlottesville. Along with 114 other finalists, Gravely attended classes, performed writing and math/logic exercises and completed an interview. The finalists included students from 32 states and seven foreign countries, all of whom demonstrated excellence and exceptional potential in the areas of leadership, scholarship and citizenship.

Gravely said she spent the time of the final selection process on the U.Va. campus.

“The week was amazing,” she said. She enjoyed the tours, became familiar with the campus and sat in on a few classes.

Gravely is an IB Diploma candidate at Carlisle who is involved with Carlisle’s theater department and fencing team, according to a Carlisle news release. She also volunteers at the SPCA and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. She is the daughter of Ed and Pryor Gravely of Martinsville.

Previous Jefferson Scholar recipients from Carlisle include Michelle Unterbrink in 2004 and Manas Nigam in 2007.

“Additionally, we have sent a finalist to U.Va. to compete for the past two years, Phillip Aaron and Alex Spears, both of whom currently attend U.Va.,” said Carlisle college counselor Susan Aaron.


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