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One Big Idea

Those with the intellect to excel and the selflessness to care should have the opportunity to lead.

The Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity is one of the nation's most ambitious efforts to elevate access to and engagement within higher education. The program aims to impact the campus and academic life of Washington and Lee University in the following ways:

  • Award full-tuition merit scholarships to 10% of the incoming class each year;
  • Provide grant funding for current students to engage in self-directed research or independent summer study;
  • Support lectures and programming that bring serious scholars in leadership and integrity to campus;
  • Endow faculty positions in disciplines related to leadership and integrity.

The Johnson Scholarship

W&L's Johnson Scholarship Program selects students on the basis of academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and their potential to contribute to the intellectual and civic life of the W&L campus and of the world at large in years to come.

A Johnson Scholarship is awarded to approximately 10% of each entering class. Winners of the Johnson Scholarship receive awards of at least tuition, room and board to attend Washington and Lee University. Students with financial need higher than this amount will have any additional need met by the scholarship.

In addition, Johnson Scholars receive funding up to $7,000 to support summer experiences during their time at W&L. Internships, volunteer experiences or research projects are just a few of the ways Johnson Scholars may use these funds to explore the world and their own potential for leadership.

Finalists for Johnson Scholarships must attend and participate in the on-campus competition in order to win a Johnson Scholarship or other merit-based award from W&L. 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.

"The Johnson Scholarship gave me the opportunity to go abroad, to develop relationships with professors who served as not only my teachers but also my mentors, and to represent the Generals in two sports arenas, and set me on a future path I am not only excited about, but also of which I am proud. To say that the Johnson Scholarship drastically impacted my life both over the past four years and beyond would be an understatement."
Shelby Hendricks '16

Application Instructions

Students who wish to be considered for a Johnson Scholarship must submit application no later than December 1st. A complete application consists of:

  • A complete Common Application
  • W&L's Common Application Writing Supplement,
    including the Johnson Scholarship Application essay,
  • high school transcript,
  • SAT or ACT score reports,
  • two teacher recommendations,
  • one guidance counselor recommendation,
  • secondary school form.

Applying for a Johnson Scholarship ensures consideration for all available honor scholarships, including regional and departmental awards available this year. While these scholarships are separately named, students must apply for the Johnson Scholarship in order to be considered for them.

Learn more about applying for the scholarship on the Admissions website.

Johnson Scholars in Action

Funding for Opportunity and Enhancement

The Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity provides funds to support W&L student projects across the country and around the world.

Johnson Opportunity Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are open to any rising junior or senior at W&L. The grants cover travel, living expenses, and other costs associated with a proposed project or summer activity. Past projects have involved participation in a national or international student conferences, research travel to further study in a chosen field, or service projects that demonstrate a commitment to community leadership. The criteria for evaluation of applications will include both academic accomplishments at W&L and the potential for leadership development that the project makes possible. Grants will vary in amount, typically between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on proposed budgets and the reasonably predicted costs associated with travel, living expenses and other necessary expenditures.

Johnson Enhancement Funds provide support for summer experiences for recipients of the Johnson Scholarship. 

Opportunity Grant Recipients

‘My Time in Thailand’
Shadowing surgeons in Thailand made neuroscience major Emily Ellis '18 even more excited about her chosen career path.
Women in Charge
Laura Stagno '18 saw the faces of America's future leaders, including her own, through an internship on Capitol Hill.
Funding Hope in Memphis
Vicky Kazmierczak '18 spent the summer in Memphis, learning the ins and outs of non-profit work — and how to hope.

Enhancement Fund Recipients

Healthcare and Community in Ecuador
Jackson Roberts '19 had the opportunity to intern in Quito, Ecuador, exploring local customs, becoming part of the community, and learning the ins and outs of healthcare.
‘Grateful Every Step of the Way’
Over 1,200 miles of biking and hiking trails led Ralston Hartness '18 from Spain to Ireland, discovering the meaning of pilgrimage along the way.
Empowering Youth to Be Leaders
Lorena Hernandez Barcena '19 had an eye-opening summer internship with Harlem Children’s Zone, an education nonprofit in New York.

Lectures and Programs

The Johnson Lecture and Symposia Series aims to bring experts and leaders to campus so that our students may learn from their experiences the qualities of honor, leadership and integrity.

The Johnson Scholarship Program brings more than just great students to Washington and Lee's historic campus. The Johnson program has co-sponsored lecture series on both "Lincoln for the Ages" and "Leadership and Literature," and its guests have included award-winning author Liza Mundy, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, George Washington expert Richard Brookhiser, and former British Secretary of the Cabinet Lord Robin Butler.

Meet the Scholars

Johnson Scholarship recipients represent a diverse group with one common thread: all are exceptional students and leaders, who will leave a positive mark on W&L and the world at large.

2021
Lourdes Arana
Kush Attal
Austin Bellinger
Madyson Bennett
Courtney Berry
Gabi Bowman
Jay Choi
Amanda Dorsey
Emma Duerstock
Julia Foxen
Coletta Fuller
Ryan Fulton
Noah Gallagher
Ashley Hancox
Christian Hanna
Grace Anne Holladay
Chase Isbell
Rohan Jairam
Mary Jones
Cabrey Keller
Sawera Khan
Maria Kisker
Rob Lahourcade
Adrian Lam
Allen Lee Litvak
Anthony Lorson
Anna Luttrell
Olivia Luzzio
Robert Masi
Elyssa McMaster
Amalia Nafal
Emily Nyikos
Brooklyne Oliveira
Darcy Olmstead
Didi Pace
Tomasz Paluchowski
Mercer Peek
Ben Peeples
James Ricks
Eric Schleicher
Alankrit Shatadal
Claire Smith
Hyun Song
Grace Sullivan
Lorena Terroba Urruchua
Chad Thomas
Alexandra Wagner
Christopher Watt
Charlie Weeks
Emma Wilson
Sofia Yasin
Avery Younis
Hannah Archer
Luke Basham
Mourad Berrached
Harris Billings
Andrew Brouse
Laura Bruce
Laura Calhoun
Parker Catlett
Daniel Clark
Sean Clark
Campbell DeNatale
Hannah Denham
Emma Derr
Erin Dringman
Nolan Durfee
Balen Essak
Jesse Evans
Lauren Fredericks
Colby Gilley
Emily Hershgordon
Katherine Ingram
Bri Karpowich
Juliana Kerper
Tiffany Ko
Kylie Lee
Beau Merhige
Parker Robertson
Anne Rodgers
Katherine Page Rurka
Will Schirmer
Deepthi Thumuluri
Khang Truong
Matt Villante
Kana White
Joe Wiencek
David Williams
Matthew Withers
Ryder Babik
Sarah Clifford
Katherine Dau
Nora Devlin
Tony Du
Rossella Gabriele
Max Gold
Conor Habiger
Tan Hunjan
Margaret Kallus
Juliana Megan Keeling
Morgan Maloney
Kathryn McEvoy
Daniel Monteagudo
Hank Patrick
Skylar Prichard
Daniel Rhoades
Calvin Riss
Jackson Roberts
Bailey Sanders
Sarah Anne Troise
Cecelia Weingart
Walker Abbott
Steven Allen
Archie Archie
Mike Barry
Brett Becker
Benie Bolohan
Alice Bradford
Matt Bryson
Ford Carson
Stephanie Chung
Kendyll Coxen
Andy Cuthbert
Audrey Dangler
Dana Droz
Rachel Gallagher
Justin Gillette
Mason Grist
Ralston Hartness
Courtney Hauck
Claire Hoffert
Shlomo Honig
Kiera Judge
Tara Loughery
Maren Lundgren
Julie Malone
Will McMurtry
Alex Meilech
Rebecca Morris
Rebecca Orsak
Karishma Patel
Kristen Phlegar
Ram Raval
Gray Rixey
J.T. Schexnayder
Jared Shely
Bowen Spottswood
Michael David Sullivan
Sierra Rose Tamm
Mandie Wahlers
Linden Walus
Mary Page Welch
J.T. Williams
Chase Wonderlic
Will Adams
Jenna Biegel
Abby Block
Andrew Blocker
Alice Cannon
Elena Diller
Brooke Donnelly
Austin Frank
Sam Gibson
Kinsey Grant
Corey Guen
Daniel Johnson
Jordan LaPointe
Harry Lustig
Will Mason
Stephen Mitchell
Chris Myers
Amirah Ndam Njoya
Polli Noskova
Ashley Ooms
George Park
Rainsford Reel
Jake Roberts
Carley Sambrook
Caroline Sanders
Kate Sarfert
Kristin Sharman
Shane Siebken
Kyle Singerman
Cody Solomon
Shaun Soman
Don Strehler
Aalekhya Tenali
Eleni Timas
Paqui Toscano
Kyle Turpin
Burke Ugarte
Jenny Wang
Emily Webb
Harrison Westgarth
Logan Wilson
Jack Anderson
Stephen Ball
John Barry
Jacqueline Carson
Maya Epelbaum
David Heinen
Shelbi Hendricks
Tim Holder
Michael Holt
Hannah Howard
Ijezie Ikwuezunma
Griffin Johns
Ellyn Kirtley
Meera Kumar
Wonhee Lim
Yishu Liu
Alice Moore
Mithra Muthukrishnan
Arriana Nastoff
Arthur Olson
Mitch Olson
Kevin Ortiz
Andrea Owen
Joy Putney
Sarah Rachal
Daniel Rodriguez Segura
Danielle Rosenthal
Caroline Sanders
Erica Schiller
Rachel Solomon
Jacob Strauss
Anna Russell Thornton
Jean Turlington
Karen Villarroel Gomez
Austin Walker
Tierney Wolgemuth
Conan Zhao
Syed Ali
Natsumi Alvarez
Chauncey Baker
Tommy Joe Bednar
James Biemiller
Jacob Bowe
Michael Bronstein
Stewart Cory
Betsy Cribb
Caroline Crichlow-Ball
Blair Davis
Anne Bailey Dickens
Amanda Dixon
TJ Fisher
Mary Gabe
Ellen Gleason
Leah Gose
Cort Hammond
Mickey Horissian
Christopher Hu
Darlon Jan
Paul Jang
Ryan Johnson
Patricia Kirkland
Phik Kong
Cynthia Lam
Grace Lee
Chris Levy
Shanno Marwitz
Sarah Min
Bayan Misaghi
Will Mooney
Yashna Naidu
Caroline Nixon
Shannon Nollet
Lucy Ortiz
Alina Pankova
Connor Perkins
Austin Pierce
Chel Samuels
Eric Schwen
Andrea Siso
Haley Smith
Lucy Smith
Lisa Stoiser
Katie Strickland
Scott Sugden
Gillian Swanson
Taylor Theodossiou
Cathy Wang
Andy Watson
Ellen Wiencek
Jackie Yarbro
Campbell Burr
Hillary Cooper
Erin Gretchen Dengler
Monica Devlin
Emmy DiGiovanni
Philip Dishuck
Ryan Doherty
Katie Driest
Robert Gerbo
Thomas Groesbeck
Doug Hilbert
Katie Hintz
Daniel Hsu
Emily Hudson
Katie Jarrell
Jordan Kearns
Vincent Kim
Garrett Koller
Joseph Liu
Annelise Madison
Maureen Nalepa
Zain Raza
Crawford Rhyne
Samantha Rosier
Darby Shuler
Lorraine Simonis
Haley Smith
Mark Sowinski
Ellie Stoops
Alvin Thomas
Victoria Van Natten
Alicia Bargar
Mary Bush
Matt Carli
Abbie Caudill
Kerry Cotter
Sasha Doss
Lizzie Engel
Alexandra Fernandez
Keaton Fletcher
Paige Gance
Eric Gehman
Elise Hansen
Vera Higgs
Clark Hildabrand
Maggie Holland
Riley Jordan
Nicholas Kordonowy
Joe Landry
Kelly Lane
Ronald Magee
Stephanie Malaska
Joe Moravec
Michael Novack
Claire Oliver
Vergil Parson
Katharine Price
Nate Reisinger
Eric Robert Rosato
Kelly Mae Ross
Lauren Schultz
Katy Stewart
Robert Vestal
Meg Weigel
Kayla Welch
Uri Whang
Bailey Yi
Jessie Ykimoff
Annie Zhang
Luke Andersen
Chloe Bellomy
Olivia Burr
Nicole Chenakina
Carolina Diaz-Menendez
Sean Doyle
Susi Eckelmann
Caitlin Edgar
Miranda Galvin
Liz George
Luke Gergoudis
Nico Gioioso
John Grigsby
Brad Harder
Kelly Harris
Tal Jacobs
Kelli Jarrell
Dev Kori
Dominika Kruszewska
Virginia Lovell
Annie Martin
Danielle Maurer
Timothy McAleenan
Kali McFarland
Katie Michelini
Sam Mott
Courtney Perkins
Ashna Sharan
Matt Simpson
Ian Sturdy
Brooke Sutherland
Xinnan Wang
Robert Warneford-Thomson
Chris Washnock
John Wells
Shiri Yadlin

Endowed Faculty Chairs

In addition to providing scholarships and opportunity funding for students, the Johnson Program supports two full-time faculty positions, one in the Williams School of Commerce, Economics and Politics and one in The College.

Jeffrey Shay
Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Shay joined the W&L faculty in July 2009 as the Johnson Professor of Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Prior to coming to W&L, he was the Poe Professor of Entrepreneurship and taught entrepreneurship, international business, and strategic management at the University of Montana, where he received seven teaching awards and two service awards. He has also taught courses at London School of Economics, Peking University, Cornell University, and University of Brescia.

Dr. Shay's professional experience includes providing strategic planning, international business planning, and new venture development consulting services through his company, Shay Consulting International.

Nicolaas Rupke
History

A native of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Rupke was trained in earth sciences in Groningen and in marine geology at Princeton University. After establishing an impressive research record in marine geology, Rupke turned his interests to the history of science, particularly to late-modern biological and physical sciences as they developed in Germany and Great Britain.

He has employed a biographical approach to historical figures in science - an approach that blends historiography and the history of ideas to show the ways in which scientific leadership is a product not only of individual genius, but also of collective ideas and institutional forces. He is the author of several books and has held distinguished research fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Oxford and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, among others.

Johnson Program News

Johnson Alumni in the News

One Fish, Two Fish
Above or below the water, Sasha Doss '13 studies and connects with fish and their environment.

Contact Us

The Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity
The Ruscio Center for Global Learning, #221
Washington and Lee University
Lexington, Virginia 24450
johnsonprogram@wlu.edu

About the Director

Dr. Elizabeth Knapp
Johnson Program Director
Professor of Geology

Dr. Knapp is a Professor of Geology and an alumna of the class of 1990. Prior to her role as the Director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity, she served the University as Associate Provost, Senior Assistant to the President and Associate Dean of the College. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of geochemistry and hydrogeology.