Santa Clara University

The Johnson Scholars Program

Selection Process

The prestigious Santa Clara Johnson Scholars Program is offered to those students whose qualities, experiences, and observable success have prepared them well to excel as leaders. Finalists will be selected on the basis of academic achievements, as well as their potential to contribute to the intellectual and civic life of SCU and the world at large.

To be considered as a candidate, you should display all of the following:
Evidence of leadership and service may include:

The Award Process

Application to Santa Clara

Candidates are selected from the early decision, early action, and regular admission application pools. No separate scholarship application is required. Admission applications must be submitted through the online Common Application process. Learn more about the SCU application process...

Selection Process

Semi-finalists will be notified by mid-February, and asked to submit an essay by February 25. After essays are reviewed, finalists will be invited to a Scholarship Weekend in early April. Travel and lodging expenses for finalists will be paid by the University. The weekend includes attending classes, touring the campus, meeting with faculty mentors, dining with members of the Johnson Scholars community, selection activities and additional events. A program for parents, who may attend at their own expense, will intersect and complement the student program.

Scholarship Awards

From among the finalists, 10 Johnson Scholars for the academic year will be selected and notified in the weeks following Scholarship Weekend. All other finalists will receive a prestigious merit-based scholarship award such as a Presidential, Provost, or Dean's scholarship.

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