Named to honor the great American patriot who served on Hampden-Sydney's first Board of Trustees and was five times Governor of Virginia, Patrick Henry Scholarships recognize students who stand out among their classmates. Candidates must have demonstrated leadership by participating in numerous activities both in their school and in their community. Their participation must have led to positions of responsibility as evidence of the confidence and respect of both peers and adults.
There must also be evidence of strong academic achievement within a competitive college preparatory program. Rank in class, while not required to be as high, must still be impressive in relation to the program in which the candidate is enrolled. SAT scores for Patrick Henry scholars are usually 1300 or better (ACT 28), a 3.8 grade-point average, and a class rank in the top 15%.