Floyd Receives Jefferson Scholarship Nomination

Jax Floyd ’20 is this year’s nominee for the Jefferson Scholarship, which “serves the University of Virginia by identifying, attracting, and nur­turing individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth who possess the highest concomitant qualities of leadership, scholar­ship, and citizenship,” according to its website.

Jax Floyd ’20 is this year’s nominee for the Jefferson Scholarship, which “serves the University of Virginia by identifying, attracting, and nur­turing individuals of extraordinary intellectual range and depth who possess the highest concomitant qualities of leadership, scholar­ship, and citizenship,” according to its website. A group of college counselors selected Floyd, along with other scholarship nominees, who will continue to work closely with him throughout the rest of the application process.

The undergraduate award intends to cover all four years of the student’s studies at the university, with the total value of the scholarship exceeding $280,000 for non-Virginian students. Moreover, the enrichment curriculum provides scholars with the opportunity to explore leadership skills, foreign travel programs, alumni connections, career counseling, team challenge programs, and public service both within the country and abroad.

On his nomination, Floyd said, “I’m proud and humbled to be considered a good candidate for this scholarship.” He hopes to explore and deepen his passion for Developmental Biology research and Classics. Floyd currently serves as the Diversity Representative of Student Council as well as a prefect in Boys Lower. His plans for college have been heavily influenced by the work he has devoted himself to at Lawrenceville. Floyd is a Hutchins Scholar and participant in the Drosophila Research opportunity with Seung Kim Laboratories at Stanford Medical School. Floyd’s overall community contributions have been recognized particularly through his receiving the Marcus D. Memorial French Prize in his II Form year and the Reuben T. Carlson Scholarship as a III Former.

“I would like to use the Jefferson Scholarship as a launching ground to network with Classics professors. The people within this program go on to do incredible things, so just getting to know them would increase my ability to connect with others and hopefully put me on a path to make an influence in the world,” Floyd said.

According to Director of College Counseling Jeffrey Durso-Finley, Ed.D. P’13 ’14 ’19 ’22, such scholarships are generally looking for students who demonstrate “academic excellence, community impact on or off campus, present or emerging leadership skills, [and] empathy.”

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