Support for Students

Preparing Leaders for a Life of Impact 

The world needs leaders who create value and are prepared to address urgent and challenging problems at a critical time for society and business.

Companies and recruiters often tell us that Darden graduates are incredibly well-prepared and stand out for the following leadership competencies: practicality, ability to work well on and lead teams, communication skills, work ethic, bias for action, self-awareness and social intelligence.

Three months after graduation, 94 percent of the Class of 2014 had secured jobs. An increased number of the School's MBA graduates accepted positions in the field of technology, with Amazon and Microsoft among the top tech firms hiring at Darden. Other top hiring companies included Accenture, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte, J.P. Morgan, McKinsey, PwC and 3M. A higher percentage of graduates than in previous years also chose to launch companies of their own or to join startups; to help them make the leap, they made use of the robust entrepreneurial resources offered at Darden.

Your support makes it possible for Darden to attract top talent in a global, diverse and fiercely competitive applicant pool.   

Your Support Makes a Huge Difference 

Here is what some of our students have to say about the value they place on receiving a Darden scholarship: 


"The Jefferson Scholars Fellowship gave me the confidence to take a leap of faith to leave a successful 10-year career with the Navy and to make a career choice without the burden of a huge debt." — Jenifer Andrasko (MBA '10), Jefferson Scholars Fellow Recipient



"Darden has a culture of giving, and giving begets opportunity. As one of three inaugural members of the Darden/Curry Patnership for Leaders in Education dual-degree program, I've been able to apply organizational theory to the social foundations of public education and straddle an aisle that often seems quite wide. Receiving this scholarship has given me the confidence and financial flexibility to pursue my career aspirations." — Rafe Steinhauer (MBA/M.Ed. Class of 2015), Batten Fellowship Recipient 



"My education at Darden and receiving this scholarship have set off a chain of events that have changed the trajectory of my life and the lives of many others. The success of underrepresented minorities has always been important to me, but as a Marietta and Sherwood Frey scholar, I have been able to take that commitment to the next level."  Joshua Francis (MBA Class of 2015), Marietta and Sherwood Frey Scholarship Recipient 


Contact the Office of Advancement at +1-434-924-6576 for more information about supporting students and other giving opportunities.