John A. Blackburn Endowed Scholarship
The John A. Blackburn Scholarship honors John A. "Jack" Blackburn for his many years of service to the University of Virginia, most notably as dean of admission (1985 to 2008). The scholarship provides support to undergraduate students who qualify for financial assistance under the AccessUVa program. Described as a passionate, forceful and effective defender of access to higher education, Blackburn was a driving force behind the establishment of AccessUVa, which meets 100% of need for academically qualified low- and middle-income students seeking to attend the University. In 2008, Blackburn became the 55th recipient of the Thomas Jefferson Award, given since 1955 to members of the University community who exemplify in character, work and influence the principles and ideals of Jefferson and advance the objectives for which he founded the University. Blackburn passed away in January 2009; he was 67.