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The Foote Fellows Program honors and reflects the educational vision of former University of Miami (UM) President Edward T. Foote, who retired in 2000 after serving the University for twenty years. Membership in the Foote Fellows program is offered to a select number of incoming freshmen who have a record of curricular and co-curricular distinction in high school and exhibit an interest in and capacity for independent and self-motivated learning. Within the framework and terms of their college’s curricula and major programs, Foote Fellows are exempt from the University General Education requirements. They thus have the maximum freedom their colleges’ can allow to shape and structure their education and draw uniquely and broadly from the full range of the University’s academic offerings. Foote Fellows receive dedicated academic advising and mentoring, may participate in a Foote Fellows reading seminar (“Books That Matter”), and have access to select cultural, social, and educational events.

The Undergraduate Admission Office works with the Dean of Undergraduate Education to select UM’s Foote Fellows from students invited to one of UM’s interview scholarship weekends.