Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship
The Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship and the Gordon C. Burris Scholarship are awarded to rising third-year students who have a demonstrated record of citizenship, leadership, academic achievement, and financial need. These two $7,500 annual scholarships cover a portion of tuition and fees for the recipients’ Third and Fourth years.
In addition to the application template (emailed to all second-year students early in the spring semester) and a resume, applicants must have a letter of recommendation sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation may come from anyone, however, we recommend asking a UVA professor or dean to write about your citizenship, leadership, and/or academic achievement. The application process typically closes in early March, and recipients are announced at the Parents Fund Committee spring meeting. Applicants are advised to be available to attend a reception that evening, if possible, in the event that they are selected. Email Anna Patchias, UVA Parents Fund Development Associate, with any questions.
Punit Barot, of Suffolk, Virginia, intends to double-major in biology and economics. Bright and highly motivated, the third-year student divides his time between schoolwork, extracurricular opportunities, and volunteer initiatives.
As a service chair of Alpha Epsilon Delta—the University’s premedical honors society—Barot helps coordinate care for communities in need. In 2016-17, he gained international experience when he traveled to the Dominican Republic as a member of the Global Medical Training team.
Barot is also an active counselor in Camp Kesem, a free summer camp for kids whose parents are battling cancer. Each year, he and his colleagues raise funds for this special event, creating a safe and welcoming environment for this unique population.
After graduation, Barot wants to attend medical school and would ultimately like to become a physician. “I enjoy helping people, and becoming a doctor will allow me to give back to my community in a meaningful way,” he said.
Barot is honored to have been named the 2016–17 recipient of the Gilbert J. Sullivan scholarship. “I’m so grateful to the Sullivan family and to the Parents Fund Committee for recognizing my potential,” he said. “This scholarship will not only enhance my education, but allow me to pursue the experiences that fuel my interests. I believe helping others is a noble cause, and I promise to pay this generosity forward in the future.”
A second-year student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and an Echols Scholar, Maggie Beck is majoring in the highly exclusive honors in politics program as well as Spanish. She is a University Judiciary Committee counselor, a ULink peer advisor, a member of the Women’s Leadership Development Program, and a Harvard National Campaign intern at UVA’s Center for Politics.
Beck is pursuing her strong interest in politics and writing inside the classroom and also in the public sphere. She was a constituent relations intern for Mayor Tom Barnett (Milwaukee) in the summer of 2015, working directly with the mayor and his staff as well as interacting with the general public. She played a role in crafting and framing the mayor’s messages to constituents. Her writing skills continue to serve her well as an editor for two UVA student journals.
After graduation, Beck aspires to attend law school and potentially pursue a career in government. “Whichever career I choose, I aspire to work to improve the lives of my fellow citizens,” she said.
“I am immensely grateful for the generous support of the Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship, which will enable me to immerse myself in my educational experience with fewer concerns about the price,” Beck said. “Thank you to the Sullivan Family and the UVA Parents Fund for the honor and privilege of serving as a Sullivan Scholar.”
The 2015 Sullivan Scholarship recipient is kinesiology major William Mills (Curry ’17). He serves as a peer advisor with ULink, an academic peer advising program run by Student Council. In addition, Mills has served as a Days on the Lawn guide, a student counselor and the group leader for various sports and religious organizations. He also leads a Bible study, belongs to a handball team and participates in undergraduate research projects.
“This scholarship has allowed me to focus on the things that most interest me,” explained Mills. “I don’t have to work as many hours at my part-time job; and as a result, I have more time to spend in my research lab learning and exploring all of the things that interest me.”
Following graduation, Mills plans on enrolling in a PhD program in biochemistry and molecular biology. He hopes to become a professor after he completes his doctoral degree.
Grace E. Finley
Grace Finley (Col ’16) was the 2014 Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship recipient. Finley is a young scholar with big dreams and the energy and focus to realize them. A double major in economics and global development studies, she takes a thoughtful approach to her academics and extracurricular pursuits. Finley plays the viola and helped form a string quartet that performed on Grounds in the fall of 2014. She is a University guide and chairperson for the Virginia Ambassadors program. She also leads a tutoring program for high school students and is active with the Center for Christian Studies.
Finley expressed gratitude for what the Sullivan Scholarship makes possible for her.
“This scholarship gives me the opportunity to pursue Thomas Jefferson’s idea of the ‘illimitable freedom of the human mind.’ As I work to achieve my dreams, I am so grateful to have this crucial support.”
Allen (McIntire ’15), the 2013 Sullivan Scholarship recipient, embodies the values, dreams, and drive to achieve that distinguish UVA students. He graduated with a concentration in marketing and information technology and a track in business analytics.
When he wasn’t studying, Allen served as a resident advisor and as a video contributor for the Cavalier Daily. He also mentored incoming Commerce School students, organized events for exchange students and served as president of the McIntire School’s Advertising and Marketing Association. Allen also participated in the Jefferson Literary & Debating Society, tutored student-athletes and choreographed ballet performances. Allen completed seven months of study abroad in the Netherlands. After completing his undergraduate degree, his goal was to work in strategic consulting or crisis management.