Mission of the Program

The Echols Scholars Program in the College of Arts & Sciences draws together a diverse community of students united by their potential for significant intellectual engagement at UVA and beyond. Because of their deep curiosity and intrinsic motivation, Echols Scholars enjoy flexibility in their academic requirements in order to pursue their individual scholarly interests. Echols Scholars participate in unique communal programming to cultivate academic, social, and cultural development. Participation in the Echols Scholars Program forms the cornerstone of a lifetime of learning, citizenship, leadership, and personal growth in a rapidly changing world.



Meet the Echols Scholars

Rachel Walet

Rachel is a third year who hails from the wonderful midwestern metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska. She is majoring in Government and minoring in Spanish. In the fall of 2019, she also began working towards her Master in Public Policy through the Batten School. She’s involved in Greek Life and is a member of the University Guide Service and Best Buddies. She can commonly be found pointing out Nebraska on the map to those who “weren’t aware” that people ACTUALLY live there, asking for a side of ranch at restaurants, and laughing with friends.

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