Lenox-Conyngham Scholarship

Earn a master's degree in one year from one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world! The Lenox-Conyngham full scholarship to Trinity College at the University of Cambridge is available exclusively for one graduating McIntire student from the Class of 2020. A successful candidate may be able to defer their employment start date with a company by one year.
Apply via Handshake here (deadline is Monday, Oct. 14, 2019)
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Lenox-Conyngham Scholarship Description

Thanks to a generous contribution by the Anton E.B. Schefer Foundation, the Lenox-Conyngham Scholarship, valued at over $85,000 USD, is offered exclusively to one (1) graduating McIntire student interested in studying full time at the University of Cambridge’s prestigious Trinity College, enrolling in a one-year master of philosophy program during the 2019-2020 academic year. Students may choose to apply to any of the Cambridge M.Phil courses listed at the bottom of this page to be eligible for the Lenox-Conyngham Scholarship. This full scholarship is intended to cover all expenses for a student for an academic year, and includes a stipend for summer travel and housing prior to the start of the academic program, tuition and fees, books and supplies, a living stipend adjusted for accommodations in Cambridge, insurance, and travel expenses (airfare, visas, etc.). This extremely generous scholarship is valued at approximately £70,000 British Pound Sterling (GBP), or over $85,000 USD. 

A successful candidate may be able to negotiate a deferred start date with a company if they already have or are in the process of securing full-time placement with any company. While we cannot guarantee the actions of potential employers, an opportunity to study without cost at one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that many employers will understand.

As the benefactor of this remarkable scholarship, Mr. Schefer wished to leave a legacy of charitable philanthropy as a tribute to his parents and their service in the field of education and to honor the great Anglo-American friendship and exchange, which their marriage represented, and which has been so valued in his wider family over many generations. The Foundation was established and is led by one of Anton’s oldest friends from his days at the University of Virginia, fellow Virginian Mr. Okla Basil Meade Jr., whom Anton entrusted to fulfill this wish shortly before his death.

The scholarships are designated exclusively for graduates from McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and Trinity College, Cambridge University, to fund a one-year master's program at the other University. Applicants will be selected only on the basis of merit. The intention is for graduates from Trinity, preferably from the Arts or Humanities, to benefit from the addition of learning and exposure to the field of commerce and for McIntire graduates to gain the value of exposure to the wisdom and learning of the Arts, while each experiences culture and life across the Atlantic.

The Foundation believes that those with an academic education, mixed with commerciality make better, more well-rounded leaders in whatever field. The world will always have a great need for better leaders. One quality that is not "taught" or evaluated with reference to the actual word is "wisdom." Intelligence, knowledge, experience - all these are in abundance and we see it in leaders as they grapple with global or local challenges, but what prevents the most insurmountable problems is a lack of wisdom, and the genuine desire and commitment to act wisely in concert with each other. The Lenox-Conyngham family has a strong tradition of public service and has provided leaders in many fields. This heritage still influences the activity of members of the family today – a sense of higher purpose in the service of others, and it is the Foundation’s wish to nurture the development of exceptional and wise future leaders, in whichever arenas they elect to operate. Read more about the scholarship background and description.  

  • A successful candidate will have demonstrated both leadership experience as well as excellent academic potential. As a point of reference, acceptance into most M.Phil courses and to Trinity College at the University of Cambridge most often requires a minimum of a 3.7 G.P.A.
  • Students must apply to and be accepted to one of the M.Phil courses at the University of Cambridge listed at the bottom of this page. The full M.Phil course directory can be found here. After applying to the scholarship, a small group of finalists will be selected and notified in mid-November, who will then be given authorization to apply directly to M.Phil courses at Cambridge. These applications to the M.Phil course should then be submitted by Dec. 15, 2019.  
  •  Qualifying students must be recent or anticipated graduates from the McIntire School of Commerce, having earned a McIntire degree by August 2020. 
Application Instructions

1. Attend Scholarship Information Session.

All interested candidates are strongly encouraged to attend a scholarship information session Friday, Sept. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 410. Please indicate your interest in this scholarship with an RSVP for the info session here. If you cannot attend this information session or have more pressing questions before then, please schedule an appointment with Assistant Dean of Global Affairs Chris Elliott here.

2. Application for Scholarship Consideration. 

Interested students must submit 1) an LC Scholarship Application Form 2020, 2) resume, 3) transcript, and 4) personal statement (no more than two pages, addressing the criteria listed above) as a completed application through Handshake by 11:59 p.m., Oct. 14, 2019. Students will be notified by the end of October if their applications are selected to be sent for consideration by the University of Cambridge. These finalists will be invited to interview with the McIntire selection committee on Thursday, Oct. 24, between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and with representatives from the Schefer Foundation on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Applicants should plan to hold both of these times until a more refined interview schedule can be determined.

3. Application to a Master of Philosophy course at University of Cambridge.

All applicants should carefully review the M.Phil courses at the University of Cambridge, noting the list of eligible M.Phil courses at the bottom of this webpage. Students who are selected as finalists for the Lenox-Conyngham Scholarship will be notified in mid-November, and are then eligible to submit applications to an M.Phil course by Dec. 15, 2019. These finalists will receive reimbursements of their application fees for up to two M.Phil course applications. Students may apply to more than one M.Phil course at Cambridge if they find more than one that aligns with academic background and career interests.

Lenox-Conyngham Scholarship 2020 Timeline

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 Call and application open on Handshake. Fourth-year students must submit application form, resume, personal statement, and transcript.
Friday, Sept. 13, 2019 Attend the LC Scholarship information session from noon to 1 p.m. in Rouss & Robertson Halls, Room 410. RSVP here for this session, including lunch.
Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 Application due by 11:59 p.m. (via Handshake).
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 Semifinalist applicants will be invited to interview with the McIntire selection committee between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. All applicants should hold this time until their 15-minute interview invitation and time can be confirmed (notified by email prior to this date).
Late October 2019 Finalists notified, given authorization to apply directly to the M.Phil programs at Cambridge at this time, and invited to meet with the Schefer Foundation.  

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 

Schefer Foundation hosts event to meet finalists (all applicants should hold noon-2:30 p.m. A more detailed invitation will be extended to finalists).
Early November 2019 Finalists send application materials to Schefer Foundation, request that faculty writing references send letters directly to Schefer Foundation by Dec. 1
Dec. 15, 2019 Finalists' deadline to apply to M.Phil course at Cambridge.
Dec. 15, 2019 Scholarship application materials sent to scholarship selection committee at Trinity College for final selection, contingent upon students’ successful admission to an M.Phil course.
Mid-February 2020 Admission decision typically made by Cambridge faculties/departments within two months from submitted application, communicated directly to applicants.
Upon acceptance to M.Phil course at Cambridge  One scholarship recipient selected and notified to receive full scholarship.


Eligible Master of Philosophy Courses at Cambridge

M.Phil Course Department at Cambridge
M.Phil in American History Faculty of History
M.Phil in American Literature  Faculty of English
M.Phil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Faculty of English, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic
M.Phil in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (all 16 available M.Phil courses) Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
M.Phil in Classics Faculty of Classics
M.Phil in Development Studies Centre of Development Studies
M.Phil in Early Modern History Faculty of History
M.Phil in Economic and Social History Faculty of History
M.Phil in Economic Research Faculty of Economics
M.Phil in Economics Faculty of Economics
M.Phil in English Studies: 18th Century and Romantic Studies Faculty of English
M.Phil in English Studies: Criticism and Culture Faculty of English
M.Phil in English Studies: Modern and Contemporary Literature Faculty of English
M.Phil in European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages
M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine Department of History and Philosophy of Science
M.Phil in History of Art and Architecture Department of History of Art
M.Phil in Latin American Studies Centre of Latin American Studies
M.Phil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature Faculty of English
M.Phil in Medieval History Faculty of History
M.Phil in Modern British History Faculty of History
M.Phil in Modern European History Faculty of History
M.Phil in Modern South Asian Studies Centre of South Asian Studies
M.Phil in Philosophy Faculty of Philosophy
M.Phil in Political Thought and Intellectual History Faculty of History
M. Phil in Politics & International Studies Department of Politics and International Studies
M.Phil in Public Policy Department of Politics and International Studies
M.Phil in Social Anthropology Division of Social Anthropology
M.Phil in Sociology (Political & Economic Sociology) Department of Sociology
M.Phil in Theology, Religion and Philosophy of Religion Faculty of Divinity
M.Phil in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
M.Phil in World History Faculty of History