Santa Clara University

The Johnson Scholars Program

About the Program

The Santa Clara University Experience

Top 10 Reasons to Choose Santa Clara Since its founding in 1851, Santa Clara University has educated generations of leaders committed to building a better world. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SCU is ideally situated at the nexus of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Educators, researchers, founders of nonprofits, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs global business leaders, and members of presidential cabinets have been shaped by the tradition of a rigorous and holistic Jesuit, Catholic education that characterizes the Santa Clara experience.

Today, this remarkable heritage inspires the Johnson Scholars Program at Santa Clara University. Comprehensive and intellectually challenging, this program prepares graduates to make meaningful contributions toward a more just, humane, and sustainable world. It is designed to cultivate in students compassionate, intelligent, and empowered leadership that has distinguished a Santa Clara University education for more than 160 years.

The Johnson Scholars Program: An Extraordinary Opportunity

Santa Clara University's Johnson Scholars Program offers exceptionally talented, high-achieving students an extraordinary opportunity to develop the leadership skills, knowledge, and commitment required to help build a better world. The program is an integral part of a rigorous, honors-level undergraduate education, but with the privileges and challenges associated with joining a distinctive community of scholars.

Students selected as Johnson Scholars receive comprehensive merit awards that include full coverage of tuition, room, and board. These awards are renewable annually for up to four years. Only students who demonstrate the highest levels of academic ability, motivation, and leadership potential in their application for freshman admission to Santa Clara University will be considered for this prestigious award.


Highlights of the Santa Clara Johnson Scholars Experience

A Community of Scholars

As a Johnson Scholar, you will join a cohort of the University's top-tier students who receive unparalleled access to faculty interaction and mentoring.

SCU's Honors Program

You will be invited to participate in Santa Clara's University Honors Program. SCU challenges its most able students to think more analytically and make deeper connections between their classes and the world. University Honors will enable you to attain the highest levels of academic achievement.

Creative Leadership and Research Opportunities

When you have completed your second year at Santa Clara as a Johnson Scholar, you will be eligible to apply for a one-time summer stipend to fund a self-defined leadership experience, such as an internship, independent research, or immersion travel.

Shaping a Better World

At Santa Clara, the concept of leadership involves focusing on others, especially those on the margins of society. Here, you will learn to appreciate other perspectives in ways that help you become more fully engaged in the world-as well as better prepared and empowered to foster lasting change.

The Johnson Scholars Program is funded by a generous gift from Rupert and Maryellie Johnson. 
For more information about the Johnson Scholars Program and other scholarship and Honors Program opportunities, please contact:

Amy Shachter, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Provost for Research and Faculty Affairs
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

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