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Our founder, William Smith, had a revolutionary idea in 1782: to educate responsible citizen-leaders who could make the new democracy work. 

We think this idea is still incredibly important.

Washington College was just getting started as the Revolutionary War came to a close. At Smith’s urging, General George Washington gave the College a founding gift of 50 guineas, agreed to serve on the Board, and his permission to use his name. Washington served on the Board of Visitors and Governors for five years until 1789, when he became President of the United States.

George’s Brigade continues the legacy of that gift for a select group of accomplished students who need the financial and social support to make a liberal arts education a reality in their own lives.

We seek high-performing students who are passionate and dedicated to their academic and extracurricular pursuits. They are exactly the kind of student we want to see at Washington College – the person who not only transforms their life during their time here, but who helps shape the future of the College into a richer experience for all students.

Program Elements

Washington College will bring in a cohort of high achieving, high-need students for whom we will meet full need. Our commitment to these students is that they will have a great college experience and be empowered to take full advantage of the quality education we offer at Washington College.

We understand that college can be a daunting experience. That’s why we want to give students the opportunity to apply with friends and be able to share their adventure with people they know when they arrive on campus.

The program will work with students from the time they graduate high school through their four years of college to provide: 

  • Social, emotional, and academic support
  • Leadership development activities
  • Career development and placement

Application Process

Counselors and CBOs will be given the opportunity to nominate students during the application season for Washington College. Schools or community organizations can nominate an individual student or a group of as many as 10 students. Students must apply as a freshman and intend to enroll for Fall 2017.

The George’s Brigade selection process includes a review of the completed application materials, interview, overnight visit, and the attendance at an open house. Selected admitted students will be flown out to campus to interview for membership in George’s Brigade and stay for an overnight program. Students must attend the interview, overnight, and open house events to be considered in the final selection of the cohort. 

Early Decision:

WC will offer the opportunity for students interested in George’s Brigade to apply Early Decision. Because of the competitive nature of the scholarship, highly interested students will be given the opportunity to apply with the intentions of enrolling if selected. Those students who are not selected may be placed in the Regular Decision pool of George’s Brigade applicants.

George’s Brigade Early Decision applicants must submit all application materials by October 25, 2016, due to program requirements. These include:

  • Washington College Admissions Application
  • 2016-2017 FAFSA (*Net Price Calculator will be accepted only before 10/1/2016)
  • Washington College Admissions Early Decision Agreement
  • Counselor nomination form

Early Decision: Notification Deadlines

  • November 1, 2016 -Interview candidates will be notified
  • November 11-12, 2016 - George’s Brigade finalists will attend campus overnight and open house
  • November 21, 2016 - George’s Brigade finalists will be selected and notified
Regular Decision

Regular Decision application materials must be submitted by February 15, 2017. These include:

  • Washington College Admissions Application
  • 2016-2017 FAFSA
  • Counselor nomination form

Regular Decision: Notification Deadlines

  • March 1, 2017 - Interview candidates will be notified
  • March 25-26, 2017 - George’s Brigade finalists will attend campus overnight and open house
  • April 1, 2017 - George’s Brigade finalists will be selected and notified

Join the Charge

School counselors can recommend students for George’s Brigade using one of the forms below:

Recommend a student for Early Decision

Recommend a student for Regular Decision

Thank you for your interest! Nominations for the 2017-2018 school year will no longer be accepted.


Please direct any additional questions regarding this program to Sarah Beresik ’15, Admissions Counselor, at sberesik2@washcoll.edu