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The Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity

Students who have the intellect to excel and the selflessness to care should have the opportunity to lead.

One idea about the kinds of leaders our world needs has inspired a gift unprecedented in higher education. The result of that $100 million gift to Washington and Lee University is The Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity.

The largest portion of the endowment created by the donation funds The Johnson Scholarship Program. Designed to attract students with exceptional academic and personal promise, regardless of their ability to afford tuition and other expenses, the Johnson Scholarship program supports recipients in their studies so they are able to graduate debt free. A Johnson Scholarship is awarded to approximately 10% of each entering class.

The Johnson gift also strengthens W&L's role as a vigorous contributor to the national conversation about ethical leadership. The Johnson Lecture and Symposia Series supports visits by leading experts and professionals, who speak on a range of topics related to the overarching themes of leadership, integrity and honor. Guests of the Johnson Lecture and Symposia Series have included Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former British Secretary of the Cabinet Lord Robin Butler.

The program also endows two new professorships, one in W&L's Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics centering on leadership and entrepreneurship, and another in the College of Arts and Sciences exploring how individuals and ideas shape the course of history.

The final facet of the program are the Johnson Opportunity Grants. The robust Johnson Opportunity Grant program provides stipends that support all Johnson Scholars and up to 30 additional undergraduates in various off-campus research projects and internships, aiding them in their particular fields of study, while also exposing them to experiences that enhance their leadership abilities and hone their ethical decision-making.

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