The Johnson Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship program at Washington and Lee University.
This program is used to award all university scholarships. The Johnson Scholarship Program is meant to attract students with extraordinary academic and personal promise, regardless of their capacity to pay for tuition and other expenses. Recipients are supported in their efforts so that they can graduate debt-free.
The deadline for Washington and Lee Johnson Scholarship is December 1st, 2022.
To be eligible for the scholarships:
- Students must get admission in Washington and Lee University
- Students must enroll for a full-time degree
- Students must demonstrate financial need
- A complete Common App, including the Johnson Scholarship Application essay
- An official copy of your high school transcript
- Self-reported or official scores from the SAT or ACT (optional for the Class of 2026)
- Two teacher recommendations
- One school counselor recommendation and secondary school form
Read More on the University Scholarship Page.
In Lexington, Virginia, Washington and Lee University (Washington and Lee or W&L) is a private liberal arts university. The university was founded in 1749 as the Augusta Academy and is one of the country’s oldest institutions of higher learning.
Originally, Washington and Lee was a modest classical school. It was founded by Scots-Irish Presbyterian pioneers as the Augusta Academy (later renamed Liberty Hall Academy), however the university has never claimed any sectarian affiliation.
George Washington gave the struggling academy with a donation of stock in 1796, shortly before the end of his second term as president of the United States, one of the greatest endowments to an educational institution at the time.
The school was renamed for Washington, the commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, president of the Federal Constitutional Convention in 1787, and first President of the United States, as a gesture of thanks.
Former Confederate States Army general-in-chief Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), who served as president of the college for five years until his death in 1870, shortly after his April 9 surrender to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union Armies, the college was renamed “Washington and Lee University.”
W&L is the second-oldest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and one of the oldest in the American South (next to the College of William & Mary, founded in 1693).
The college, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics, and the School of Law are the three academic units that make up the university.
The university has 24 intercollegiate varsity sporting teams that play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Old Dominion Athletic Conference (NCAA Division III).
The 325-acre Washington and Lee University campus is located on the outskirts of Lexington, near the Virginia Military Institute, in the Shenandoah Valley, between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains.
The undergraduate college is ranked 11th among national liberal arts colleges and 9th among Best Value Schools in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2022, and the law school is ranked 35th among all law schools.
W&L is ranked 42nd out of 650 universities, liberal arts schools, and service academies in the 2019 Forbes magazine college rankings.
Washington Monthly ranks Washington and Lee College first out of 214 liberal arts colleges in the United States for its commitment to the public good, as assessed by socioeconomic mobility, research, and public service promotion.
Three United States Supreme Court Justices, a Nobel Laureate, Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, and Emmy Award winners, as well as 27 US Senators, 67 US Representatives, 31 state governors, and a slew of other government officials, judges, business leaders, entertainers, and athletes, have all attended Washington and Lee University.
As of 2019, the university has 1829 students. The typical family income is $261,100, with 55 percent of students coming from the top 5% of the income distribution, 8% from the bottom 60%, and 1.5 percent from the bottom 20%. (among the lowest of any U.S. college or university).
White students make up 82 percent of the student body, while Hispanic students make up 4.5 percent, Asian students make up 3.4 percent, and Black students make up 2.2 percent.
The school’s teams are known as “The Generals” and compete in NCAA Division III in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the Centennial Conference for wrestling. Washington and Lee has 12 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams.
Two NCAA National Championships have been won by Washington and Lee. The men’s tennis team has 35 ODAC championships and won the NCAA Division III National Championship title in 1988.
The NCAA Division III National Championship title was won by the women’s tennis team in 2007. The men’s golf team came in second place in the NCAA Division III tournament in 2018. The Old Dominion Athletic Conference championships were won by the Generals football team in 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015. The ODAC championship was won by the Generals baseball team in 2009.
Every four years, the school hosts the Washington and Lee Mock Convention for whatever political party is not in power at the time (Democratic or Republican).
C-SPAN has covered the conference from start to finish, and many other national media outlets have covered it as well. In 20 of the last 27 national elections, the convention has correctly selected the out-of-power candidate. Since 1948, it has been wrong three times, the most recent being in 2020 when it chose Bernie Sanders.
The failure of the scoreboard in 1984 slowed the vote tally process greatly and almost resulted in an incorrect selection. Washington and Lee’s Mock Convention is “one of the nation’s oldest and most famous mock conventions,” according to the Washington Post.
The university hosts the Fancy Dress Ball, a 105-year-old formal black-tie event. It is organized by a student committee selected by the executive committee.
Each year, the committee is in charge of coming up with a theme and coordinating the logistics of the Fancy Dress Ball. The Fancy Dress Ball has an estimated cost of more than $80,000.
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