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William And Lee Admissions Essay

The Johnson Scholarship

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. Every year Johnson Scholarships are awarded to approximately ten percent of the incoming class.

In addition, Johnson Scholars receive funding in the amount of $7,000 to support summer experiences during their time at Washington and Lee. 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.

Applying for a Johnson Scholarship ensures consideration for all other available honor scholarships. Visit Other Scholarship Opportunities for a list of 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.

Washington and Lee University's need-based financial aid programs are among the nation's strongest and complement the Johnson Scholarship Program. Please visit our Office of Financial Aid for more information.  Please keep in mind each admissions application deadline has a separate financial aid deadline.  All need-based financial aid forms must be submitted by the relevant deadline: December 1 for Early Decision I, January 15 for Early Decision II and February 15 for Regular Decision.

First-Year Applicants

Students who are currently seniors in high school or who have never taken college classes after graduating from high school should apply as first-year students. We offer two binding Early Decision options as well as a non-binding Regular Decision application.

Students who wish to be considered for a Johnson Scholarship — or any Washington and Lee merit-based scholarship — must submit a complete Common Application, including the W&L Writing Supplement, no later than December 1. All Johnson Scholarship application instructions are included in W&L's Writing Supplement to the Common Application.

First-year home-schooled students and international students living outside the U.S. should note the additional suggested and required materials for their applications.

Early Decision

We offer two binding Early Decision options, with Round I due November 1, and Round II due January 1. Learn whether Early Decision is the right choice for you.

Regular Decision

Our non-binding regular decision applications are due on January 1. Learn more about our application requirements.

The Johnson Scholarship

Winners of the Johnson Scholarship receive awards of at least tuition, room and board. Every year Johnson Scholarships are awarded to approximately ten percent of the incoming class. Learn what we're looking for in this talented group of students.

Home-Schooled Applicants

We are pleased to consider applications from home-schooled students. Learn more about our application requirements and suggested materials that will ensure an accurate and fair review of your application.

The Gap Year

All of your questions about the Washington and Lee Gap Year answered here.

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