The Scholarship Competition

The Johnson Scholarship competition takes place in two stages. The first stage is the review of applications by the W&L Scholarship Committee. The committee selects approximately 200 finalists, paying particular attention to applicants' academic and personal accomplishments and their Johnson Scholarship application essays (submitted through W&L's Common Application Writing Supplement). Students selected as finalists are notified in late January and invited to attend the second stage of the competition, which takes place on W&L's campus in early March.

Once on campus, Johnson Scholarship finalists stay in a residence hall with a first-year student and participate in a full schedule of events and opportunities designed to acquaint them with Washington and Lee's people and programs. Class visits, information sessions and open houses about majors and programs, campus tours and the opportunity to hear from W&L alumni are just some of the activities offered during the Johnson Scholarship competition. Personal interviews with faculty, current Johnson Scholars and scholarship committee members are at the heart of the competition.

Finalists must attend and participate fully in the on-campus competition in order to win a Johnson Scholarship or other merit-based award from W&L (with the exception of regional scholarships). All costs associated with attending the competition will be paid by Washington and Lee University, including travel expenses (airfare or mileage costs), meals and lodging for the duration of the competition.