The Emily Couric Leadership Forum established the Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship to be awarded annually to a senior girl attending any high school in Charlottesville or Albemarle.  The goal is to acknowledge and encourage young women in leadership roles in government and the community.  Each school is asked to nominate a senior girl who demonstrates leadership in her school and the community.  A selection committee comprised of community leaders interviews the nominees and makes the final selection.

In 2019, the Emily Couric Leadership Forum will award $5,000 to each nominee, and the overall winner receives $30,000, for a total of $75,000.  We have awarded $778,500 to 152 girls since the scholarships began in 2001.

The Emily Couric Leadership Scholarship has been awarded since 2001 to the following outstanding young women: 

2019 – Zyahna Bryant, Charlottesville High School
2018 – Meg Richey, Western Albemarle High School  
2017 – Ayoade Balogun, Albemarle High School
2016 – Olivia Vande Woude, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
2015 – Keyri Lopez-Godoy, Albemarle High School
2014 – Carman Drake, Charlottesville High School
2013 – Anjali Prahash, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
2012 – Jessie Press-Williams, Charlottesville High School
2011 – Logan Coleman, Charlottesville High School
2010 – Sarah Chacko, Western Albemarle High School
2009 – Emma Yackso, Charlottesville High School
2008 – Kayla Hansen, Miller School
2007 – Lucie Rhoads, St. Anne’s- Belfield School
2006 – Alia Stewart – Silver, Tandem Friends School
2005 – Carla Rood, Western Albemarle High School
2004 – Anna Gulotta, Charlottesville High School
2003 – Katie Reid, Charlottesville High School
2002 – Elizabeth Ochs, Charlottesville High School
2001 – Heidi Swan, Miller School

Merit Award Winners:

2018 – Lucia Hoerr, St. Anne’s-Belfield School
2018 – Tori Carter-Johnston, Tandem Friends School
2017 – Kate Dean-McKinney, Tandem Friends School
2016 – Phoebe DeVito, Western Albemarle High School
2015 – Alexis Moet Taylor, Charlottesville High School
2014 – Sadie Yates, The Covenant School
2013 – Danielle Horridge, Albemarle High School
2012 – Cherise Morris, Monticello High School
2009 – Ladi Smith, St. Anne’s-Belfield School


Nominations are received from each public and private high school in Charlottesville and Albemarle.  Each fall, we ask principals from each school to nominate one senior girl from the school.  If you are interested in our scholarship, please talk to your guidance counselor.