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Johnson Scholar

horvitz123horvitz123 Posts: 3Registered User New Member
edited December 2008 in Washington & Lee University
Hi, just wondering if anyone could chance me for the scholars program.

SAT Math:760 CR:740 W:750 Total-2250
GPA Unweighted 4.00 Weighted 4.75 Top possible at my school
565 hours of community service
450 done at local hospital
all 4 years in forensics club (speech and debate)
11/12 grade treasurer and secretary
several local awards, but nothing national
4 years track and field (spring)
10/11 athletic letter
2 year Cross country
11/12 grade athletic letter
Member of NHS
National Merit Semifinalist (soon to be finalist)
Great Recs!

Thank you for your time. I really appreciate any feedback.
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  • colinizationcolinization Posts: 692Registered User Member
    When I had my interview, the guy said they were looking for good credentials all around and a combined math and CR score of 1500. You have a very good shot, based on my knowledge of the scholarship.
  • colinizationcolinization Posts: 692Registered User Member
    But, yeah, I'm curious- does anyone know what exactly they want/how hard it is to get the scholarship?
  • wlindywlindy Posts: 6Registered User New Member
    horvitz123 - ive also recently applied for the johnson scholarship... looks like you're well-rounded and should atleast make it to their finalists weekend. hopefully, ill see you there!
  • colinizationcolinization Posts: 692Registered User Member
    ^Word to that. Have you guys been to W&L before? I loved it and look forward to going back.
  • BamboozlerBamboozler Posts: 210Registered User Junior Member
    Hey, I submitted a Johnson Scholar app, too, as did my friend. Hopefully we all make it in! My awards are severely lacking, my scores and GPA are in range, my ECs are okay, and I'm not entirely sure about my essays... but we'll see!
  • zackr13zackr13 Posts: 116Registered User Junior Member
    what did ya'll write your essays on.
    i chose the largest problem and wrote about how people have become too dependent on others which aided the credit crisis as people wanted to instantly gratify themselves through the use of purchases with credit cards
  • colinizationcolinization Posts: 692Registered User Member
    ^I like it. I talked about the American educational system (I think it was the 3rd or 4th one down) and essentially laid out the pros and cons. I thought my ending was solid. I don't know how well I match up for this thing, though. I only have a 2200, which believe is on the low side for a Johnson Scholar.
  • j-hobbsj-hobbs Posts: 51Registered User Junior Member
    ur looking good horvitz. i also applied this year- the night before, actually, and wrote my essay on why the internet is the greatest tech advance-> its a pretty bad essay and cliched so i wont be surprised if it gets disregarded. my essay for application was beast and so are my credentials.

    Does anyone know if application committee also chooses johnson scholars or are they independent of each other? Also, how many ppl apply?
  • j-hobbsj-hobbs Posts: 51Registered User Junior Member
    how important is the johnson essay, though? can it make or break your chance to get in the program? Also, does 35 act, perfect sat2s, valedictorian, pres of nhs and model un, and research projects submitted to intel and american astronomical society(will be presenting at the 213th annual conference in laguna beach) help?


    Has anyone interviewed with W&L w/ reps or alum in homestate? Im in NY and cant afford to go to VA ahead of time.
  • FauxNomFauxNom Posts: 1,220Registered User Senior Member
    Here's the most useful info I've seen about the selection criteria, from a news release on the school's website. Good luck to you all!

    First Johnson Scholars Arrive at Washington and Lee

    Aug. 30, 2008, the first 41 Johnson Scholars will arrive for orientation at Washington and Lee University. The Johnson Scholarship Program was established through a $100 million donation to the university in 2007. It is highly competitive and recognizes students with outstanding academic qualifications and the promise for leadership in their chosen careers and future endeavors. Scholarships are valued at between $150,000 to $200,000 over a four-year period.

    “This is a group of excellent students with academic accomplishments measured against the highest national standards,” said Robert Strong, associate provost and director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity.

    Twenty-two of the 41 students have at least one perfect score on a national college entrance examination, and at least five have more than one perfect score. Eleven students have earned a distinction in the National Merit competition, either a national merit scholarship or official designation as a semi-finalist or a commended student.

    They are also diverse. They come from 18 different states, from New York to California and from Louisiana to Wisconsin. Two currently live overseas (in Great Britain and Poland), but many have spent extended periods in other countries or are first-generation Americans with close ties to the native countries of their parents. The international connections involve India, Russia, China, the Ukraine, Japan and Spain. Five are the first in their family to attend college.

    They have a wide variety of interests. One has been performing Irish dance since second grade. Another is a costumed guide in Yorktown, and a member of a fife and drum corps. There are three Eagle Scouts, a poetry prize winner, a member of a mock trial team that came in fourth in a national competition, a second-place winner in a national patriotism essay contest, a congressional page, multiple participants in governor’s schools, and three winners of Virginia high school leadership awards. Three were presidents of their high school student body; two were heads of student judicial boards; four were captains of athletic or debate teams; one was the secretary general of a model United Nations.

    Like many young people they do volunteer work of many kinds, but Strong was particularly impressed by one of the Johnson winners who has been going to Haiti for the last three summers to build latrines. “I would think that it takes some dedication to do that job more than once,” he said.

    A few examples of the abilities of other Johnson winners:

    A budding entrepreneur among these scholars already has experience as the designer and businesswoman behind “Miss O,” her successful brand of fashion accessories.

    Another student earned first place in the State Science Fair in Medicine.

    W&L students might recognize a face among the Johnson Scholars. From fourth through tenth grade, she starred in the Emmy award-winning children’s education television show “The NASA Sci-Files,” produced by NASA and aired on PBS and in classrooms across the country.

    The sports are well represented among these scholars, including a girl who is both captain of and plays in the number one singles spot on the boy’s varsity tennis team. There are also two Tae Kwon Do black belts.

    The $100 million gift that established the Johnson Scholarship program was the largest ever in the 259-year-old school’s history and one of the largest ever to a liberal arts college. It is structured so that $85 million will go to scholarships and need-based financial aid, and $15 million to professorships, lectures and programs focused on leadership.

    Each Johnson Scholar will have his or her tuition and room and board paid in full. Some students will have full cost-of-attendance scholarships, covering tuition, room and board, travel to and from Lexington, living expenses and incidentals such as books.

    “We are delighted to welcome these exceptional students,” said W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio. “Graduating debt-free will liberate them to make more generous and visionary life decisions than would otherwise be possible.”

    Representing all 50 states, D.C., and 41 countries, 1,873 students applied for the Johnson Scholarships, and W&L selected 159 to take part in the inaugural Johnson Scholarship Competition in February 2008. This was the strongest and most diverse group of scholarship finalists ever brought to campus. They boasted average SAT scores of 1,510, ranked on average in the top three percent of their classes and held positions of leadership in all facets of life.

    Over the course of two days, applicants sat in on classes, met professors and mingled with students. They attended three interviews; one with a panel of faculty, one with a panel of students and one with an admissions representative. W&L weighed writing samples, teacher recommendations and records of leadership, citizenship and involvement in non-academic activities, along with their potential to contribute to the intellectual and civic life of W&L and the world at large in years to come.
  • lindz126lindz126 Posts: 1,910Registered User Senior Member
    W & L is seeking top students academically but the scholarship also recognizes leadership. Good luck to all who are applying...my s was awarded J scholarship with tuition/room/board/fees. amazing opportunity and excellent university...
  • FauxNomFauxNom Posts: 1,220Registered User Senior Member
    lindz - I remember reading your posts last year, and it's great to hear the Johnson Scholarship has worked out so well for your son. Does the program extend beyond the financial benefits, with seminars, outings and the like?
  • drc09drc09 Posts: 162Registered User Junior Member
    Good luck to all of you Johnson hopefuls of 2013. I'm anxious for when we find out if we're making it through or not. I have a 2170, so it's a little under average for them, but I came to my private school because I was offered a leadership scholarship, so I'm hoping that will play over into this.. And I'm a National Merit Semifinalist (likely finalist soon)
  • lindz126lindz126 Posts: 1,910Registered User Senior Member
    the school treats students with J scholarships as all the other students...no additional seminars, outings...I think it helps with fitting in actually...

    drc09--your leadership scholarship is great, maybe get a rec letter from someone who can speak to your leadership abilities
  • BamboozlerBamboozler Posts: 210Registered User Junior Member
    --Hahahaha, my Johnson Scholarship essay was on the Internet (well, specifically the Web) too. Awesome... lol... maybe my other essay will compensate. I had that thought that somebody else (or numerous others) would have the same thought that I did >_< And I did my essay too last-minute to change it.
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