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Lusher Charter School student Autumn Routt wins prestigious Jefferson Scholarship to attend the University of Virginia

Date: May 20th, 2019

Autumn Routt, a senior at Lusher Charter School, has been awarded one of the most highly selective merit scholarships in the nation. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation at the University of Virginia selected Autumn as one of 38 recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship. She will commence her studies in the fall at U.Va.

In order to be named a Scholar, candidates must undergo a rigorous, highly competitive, multi-stage selection process. This year, over 2,000 students were nominated for the Scholarship, and 118 finalists were invited to take part in a four-day competition at U.Va., which included seminar discussions, essay and mathematics examinations, as well as interviews conducted by U.Va. alumni and faculty. 

The 38 selected recipients of the 2019 Jefferson Scholarship boast a number of significant achievements and Autumn is no exception.  During her time at Lusher Charter School, she was a National Merit Finalist and Co-President of the Society of Women Engineers. She also founded the Krewe of STEM Summer Camp for girls and was the winner of the 2018 Gulf Coast Chevron Design Challenge. She achieved a Certificate of Artistry in Theatre and an Area of Concentration in Project Lead the Way Engineering. She participated in many clubs such as Robotics, National Honor Society, and Key Club. She received the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Aspirations in Computing Affiliate Award three years in a row.  She was featured in St. Charles Magazine in recognition of her activism in the New Orleans community.  She has volunteered with organizations such as the SPCA, YLC Recycles, Habitat for Humanity, and more.  

In addition to receiving the full cost of attending the University for four years, Jefferson Scholars benefit from a number of enrichment programs sponsored by the Foundation, including travel abroad, career networking activities, an outdoor challenge program, and a leadership speaker series.  

Local contact: Heather Harper (504) 289-0499 or

JSF contact: Ben Skipper, Director, Graduate & Undergraduate Programs, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, 434-962-9350

Author: Joyce Carman, Associate Director, Graduate & Undergraduate Programs, Jefferson Scholars Foundation, 434-982-4703,


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