David Baldacci signing books at a table

Monroe Scholars Book Award

Amid growing concern about the spread of COVID-19, VCU’s priority is the health and safety of all event attendees. To that end, this event, originally scheduled for May 20, has been postponed. The planning committee is currently working to reschedule the book and author luncheon for a new date in the early fall when we will celebrate the luncheon's 10-year anniversary and welcome home alumnus and author David Baldacci (B.A.83/H&S; H.L.D.01) as the keynote speaker. We look forward to you joining us. If you have any questions, please email alumni@vcu.edu

About the program

In 2009, VCU Alumni board member Robert A. Almond (B.S.’74/B; M.Ed.’85/E) had an idea to recognize outstanding high school students in the Richmond, Virginia, area while simultaneously promoting Virginia Commonwealth University as a university of choice.

The concept was simple: Award books and recognition certificates to top high school juniors as identified by their faculty and peers, while engaging them in their senior year with campus visits. If the students applied to VCU and enrolled, they would receive a scholarship valued up to $2,000 from VCU Alumni. Through Almond’s gift, and the efforts of a dedicated group of alumni, the Monroe Scholars Book Award program was created.

What began in the city of Richmond now involves all high schools in Central Virginia and an annual luncheon, featuring award-winning and bestselling authors, to raise funds and awareness. 

Featured authors

2011: David Baldacci (B.A.83/H&S; H.L.D.01)
2012: Phyllis Theroux
2013: William Bass, Ph.D.
2014: Rita Mae Brown
2015: Nancy Wright Beasley
2016: Sharyn McCrumb
2017: Howard Owen (M.A.81/H&S)
2018: Jill McCorkle
2019: Lee Smith
2020: David Baldacci (B.A.83/H&S; H.L.D.01)