The National Scholarship Office (NSO) supports all VCU students — honors, non-honors, graduate and professional — as well as alumni who are interested in applying for prestigious national and international scholarships.
The NSO team provides advice, recommendations and guidance to help prospective applicants understand the often-overwhelming scholarship process.
In addition, the staff also works with current applicants to strengthen their applications, gather supplementary materials and prepare them for potential interviews.
Director, National Scholarship Office
Jeff Wing began as the National Scholarship Coordinator at VCU in July of 2005. In July of 2010, his title was changed to Director of the National Scholarship Office. In that role, Mr. Wing recruits VCU students and recent alumni to apply for a variety of nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, works with the applicants to develop their proposals, and coordinates a large and growing group of VCU faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters to serve as critics and evaluators in an effort to help the candidates strengthen their applications.
Assistant Director, National Scholarship Office
Meredith Sisson, Ph.D., joined the National Scholarship Office and the Honors College in 2016, having previously worked in the National Fellowships Program at the Johns Hopkins University. There she worked closely with applicants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and with the Johns Hopkins Hodson Scholars program.
Dr. Sisson researches monumental art in late-medieval Italy, focusing especially on the intersections between art and philosophy, theology, and science. She enjoys teaching courses on the art and architecture of the medieval world, as well as offering workshops on various aspects of the application process—for nationally competitive scholarships, graduate school, internships, and jobs.
Dr. Sisson earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in the History of Art from the Johns Hopkins University, and her B.A. in Art History from Dartmouth College.