Richmond Forum Scholars

The Richmond Forum Scholars program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for five of the region’s highest achieving and most impressive high school juniors to volunteer behind the scenes at America's most respected speaker series.

See what it's like to be a Forum Scholar here!

We already have a great team of Scholars for this season, but next summer, we'll begin our search for five new Scholars for the 2017-2018 season. These students will have the unique and rare opportunity to interact directly with national and international speakers by playing important roles in the success of each Richmond Forum program evening. Responsibilities include:

  • Staffing VIP speaker receptions
  • Serving as greeters and checking in sponsor guests
  • Escorting speakers, moderators, introducers, etc.
  • Introducing the speakers to area students in our Student Viewing Room
  • Acting as runners when required by staff
  • Other assignments as need to support each program

The benefits of being chosen as a Richmond Forum Scholar include:

  • Exposure to national and international speakers
  • Networking through participation and attendance at corporate sponsor dinners and receptions
  • Behind-the-scenes view of each Richmond Forum program
  • Opportunity to include participation as a Richmond Forum Scholar on college applications

In order to be considered as a Richmond Forum Scholar, each candidate must:

  • Be a high school junior from a public or private school located in the Richmond region.
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Commit to serve at all five Richmond Forum programs
  • Have a parent countersign a contract that their student will fulfill their commitment, if accepted
  • Submit an application packet

Check back here next summer to learn more about becoming a Richmond Forum Scholar for the 2017-2018 season.

Alan Alda with our 2015-2016 Scholars (left to right): Peyton Badura, James River High School; Dharaa Rathi, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School; Freddy Hayton, James River High School; Nadine Lin, Douglas Freeman High School; and Matty Pahren, Collegiate School

The 2014-2015 Scholars (left to right): Reshini Premaratne and Zoe Nelson, Maggie L. Walker Governor's School; Dylan Lackey, James River High School; Logan Brown, J.R. Tucker High School; and McKenna Brady, James River High School

The 2013-2014 Scholars (left to right): Nikhith Kalkunte, Midlothian High School; Elise Fuller, St. Catherine's; Benjamin Moore, St. Christopher’s; Syeda Haider, Thomas Jefferson High School; and Owen Ayers, Trinity Episcopal School.

Richmond Forum Scholar Syeda Haider introduces the panelists at our Islam program on November 16, 2013.

Richmond Forum Scholar Elise Fuller shakes hands with Former President George Bush after introducing him to the Student Viewing Room.


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