W&L offers a number of scholarships for which incoming first-year students may be eligible. Unless indicated otherwise, students must apply for the Johnson Scholarship Program in order to be considered for the awards described below.
The Joseph S. Keelty '44 Honor Scholarship was established for entering students from Maryland, with a preference for students from the Baltimore area (including the Eastern Shore).
The Darnall W. Boyd Jr. Memorial Honor Scholarship was established for entering
The Houston Honor Scholarship was established for entering students from the Houston area and is awarded on the basis of secondary school preparation and contributions outside the classroom.
The McMillan Family University Scholarship was established in 2012 by L. Richards (Rick) McMillan II, Class of 1969, and John S. McMillan, Class of 1971, in memory of their father, John Henry (Jack) McMillan, Class of 1942. The scholarship will be awarded with a preference for students from the greater New Orleans, Louisiana, area, or if no eligible student from New Orleans is identified, a preference for students from the Gulf Coast area of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
The J. Edward Lewis Scholarship Trust provides full tuition scholarships to Washington and Lee students who are deserving graduates of West Virginia's Oak Hill High School, secondarily to graduates from any high school in Fayette County, West Virginia, and lastly to any deserving graduates from any high school in the state of West Virginia.
- Must be a resident of West Virginia and have graduated from a West Virginia high school.
- Must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in order to renew the award annually.
- Must maintain
full-timestudent status with Washington and Lee University to renew annually.
The J. Edward Lewis Scholarship Trust is administered by JP Morgan. To request an application or for further information, contact Cory Whitlock at JP Morgan.
Background and Interests
The Lawson Family Scholarship is awarded to students from the Chicago area with financial need as determined by the Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid, with preference given to students from underrepresented groups demonstrating interest in African-American culture, history, or studies.
The Gilreath Honor Scholarship was established in 1983 by the estates of Professor Esmarch S. Gilreath and Mrs. Sara T. Gilreath to recognize an entering first-year student with an exemplary academic and extracurricular record, coupled with an interest in chemistry.
The Max and Sylvia Weinstein Scholarship was established to recognize an entering first-year student with an exemplary academic and extracurricular record. It is a unique opportunity for students of the Jewish faith who hope to become involved in Washington and Lee's vibrant Jewish community.
The scholarship is for full tuition and is renewable for four years of work at Washington and Lee, provided the recipient maintains a 3.3 grade point average.
To be considered for the Weinstein Scholarship - or any merit-based awards at W&L - students must apply for the Johnson Scholarship Program. Because we do not always know students' religious background or their interest in joining a religious community in college, we ask those who wish to be considered for the Weinstein Scholarship to submit a brief statement of interest with their Johnson Scholarship application.
The Bonner Program is a unique leadership development program for students with an interest in service and social responsibility. Students are given a framework to be involved in community service while receiving financial support.
Applications for the Bonner Program are only available to admitted students, but you can learn more about the application process.
National Merit Scholarships are available to students enrolling at W&L who are named Finalists in the National Merit Program and who list W&L as their first choice school. They receive either a Corporate award or an institutional award from W&L. The amount of the Corporate award varies based upon the sponsoring corporation. The amount of the institutional award is as follows:
- For a student who is already receiving a merit-based award from Washington and Lee, the National Merit Award is $750.
- For a student who is not receiving merit-based aid from Washington and Lee, the National Merit Award is $750. In addition, these students will receive a $3000 Gaines Scholarship which will be renewed each year and which will not increase or decrease in value, provided the recipient maintains a 3.3 grade point average.
The Gail S. and Joel H. Bernstein '57 Scholarship is awarded to students with financial need, as determined by the Vice President for Admissions and Financial Aid, and a demonstrated active interest in Native American culture and history and/or to a student from the American Southwest.
The Army and Air Force Departments at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) have partnership agreements with Washington and Lee University for students interested in participating in the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).
W&L students participating in ROTC will attend military science or aerospace science courses at VMI for classroom and lab instruction. Students receive college credit, and these courses are free of charge. Those desiring to pursue a commission in the United States Army, Air Force or Space Force, and who meet all eligibility criteria, can enter as a commissioned officer immediately upon graduation.
Two, three, and four-year ROTC scholarships may be available. Currently, scholarships cover up to full tuition, plus books and an additional monthly stipend. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information or assistance if you are interested in ROTC at W&L.