Robert W. Woodruff Scholars and Fellows Program

In 1980, Emory University established the Robert W. Woodruff Scholars and Fellows Program to recruit and reward students with exceptional character, scholastic abilities and leadership qualities.

Each year, every college and division names incoming Woodruff Fellows. It is the highest accolade an incoming student can receive.

At Emory Law, Woodruff Fellows receive a scholarship covering all tuition and fees for their years of study toward a Juris Doctor. In addition, fellows receive a $3,000 stipend to assist in defraying the cost of books and living expenses. The approximate value of the fellowship is $160,000.  

Specifically, the fellowships are awarded to students who have demonstrated

  • qualities of forceful and unselfish character,
  • intellectual and personal vigor,
  • outstanding academic achievement,
  • impressive skills in communication,
  • significant leadership and creativity in school or community,
  • clear potential for enriching the lives of their contemporaries at Emory University, and
  • strong propensity to make a positive impact on the community as an Emory Law alumnus/alumna.

The Woodruff Fellowship is more than a scholarship. Becoming a Woodruff Fellow means joining a rich community of scholars who are leaders among the Emory Law community, the alumni association and their greater communities. Our fellows are leaders both while they are students and after they graduate and join the practice in courtrooms, businesses, government, public service and academia. The Woodruff Fellow designation signifies character and leadership.

Learn more about:

The application and selection process

Robert Woodruff and his legacy

The Class of 2016 Woodruff Fellows

The Class of 2015 Woodruff Fellows

The Class of 2014 Woodruff Fellows


Letters of nomination are now being accepted through admission(at)