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Scholarships

Darden strives to be among the world's most accessible business schools. Scholarships for talented students from all parts of the globe and walks of life help Darden create an inclusive and diverse community that is critical to the School’s mission.

Over the past five years, the number and range of scholarships Darden offers have risen significantly as a priority of Darden’s capital campaign Powered by Purpose.

  • 100 percent of full-time MBA students receive a scholarship for a global course: In 2018, the new Batten Foundation Darden Worldwide Scholarship program set Darden apart by funding a scholarship to cover the program fee for every full-time MBA student to attend a global course.
     
  • The Darden Distinguished Scholars Program, launched in 2020, presents two types of prestigious scholarships:
    • Competitive scholarships that recognize leadership talent and high promise in various areas and require a supplemental application process
    • Merit scholarships, including over 100 highly selective scholarships awarded based on a student's application for admission to the School
       
  • A new, need-based scholarship program, AccessDarden, awards need-based grants to qualified applicants. 

We invite you to explore the School's growing portfolio of scholarship opportunities.

Darden Distinguished Scholars Program

Competitive Scholarships

Competitive Scholarships

Darden offers seven prestigious competitive scholarship programs — some in partnership with external organizations — to recognize high-achieving students who demonstrate a comprehensive set of characteristics, including outstanding academic achievement, professional accomplishments and leadership. Consideration for these scholarships, which provide up to the cost of full attendance, are available through a supplemental application process.

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Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Darden offers over 100 merit scholarships. These highly selective scholarships are awarded based on your application for admission to the School and do not require a supplemental application. Awarded by one of two entities, the Darden School Scholarship Committee or the Darden School Foundation, they range in size from a modest stipend to full tuition and fees.

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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships

In addition to a new financial aid program called AccessDarden that provides need-based grants for qualified students of the full-time MBA and Executive MBA, Darden offers a limited number of merit scholarships with a need-based component — as does the University of Virginia. Candidates will be assessed through the merit review and need assessment process.

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Darden Worldwide Scholarship Programs

Darden Worldwide Scholarship Program

In 2018, the Batten Foundation Darden Worldwide Scholarship program set Darden apart by funding a scholarship to cover the program fee for every full-time MBA student to attend a global course. That means global learning is accessible to 100 percent of students in the full-time MBA.

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