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Study of the American Experience

Quill & Compass Scholars

In the spring of 1748, a brave 16-year-old Virginian set forth on an adventure beyond the western mountains. Equipped with little more than his compass and quill pen, the young surveyor George Washington gained an education on that journey that would last him a lifetime.

imageAt Washington College, we believe, in the spirit of our founding patron, that the best education is one combining the life of the mind with the personal growth gained by experience, travel – and perhaps even adventure.

The Quill and Compass Scholarships are for students interested in exploring history, political science, and American studies here at one of the most historic colleges in the nation. Recipients will have opportunities to sail the Chesapeake Bay on an 18th-century schooner, learn the arts of leadership as practiced by the great figures of American history, participate in a new summer program at the University of Oxford, and walk in the footsteps of Civil War soldiers. You will be able to study in small seminars with leading scholars, conduct original research under the one-on-one guidance of a faculty mentor, or hear firsthand tales of Civil Rights-era politics from a famous U.S. senator.

imageThe scholarships’ name symbolizes our distinctive approach to studying the past. The quill pen represents Washington College’s famed excellence in teaching writing, and particularly the literary craft of history. The compass represents the many opportunities we offer our students to explore the world beyond the college gates – especially our surrounding region of the Chesapeake Bay, one of America’s richest historic areas.

All admitted applicants who intend to major or minor in History, Political Science or American Studies are encouraged to apply. The Quill and Compass program currently offers $6,000 scholarships ($1,500 annually for four years), along with unique opportunities to participate in travel and other special activities free of charge.  The scholarships themselves are awarded to three members of each incoming freshman class, but other aspects of the program are open to outstanding students across many fields.

imageAPPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

1. Applications will be accepted from incoming students only, and must include a short cover letter from the applicant describing his/her interest in history, political science and American Studies, and reasons for applying to be a Quill & Compass Scholar.

2. Applicants must submit a social studies (history, government, etc.) paper of 6-8 consecutive pages in length (or an excerpt of 6-8 consecutive pages from a longer paper) that represents their best work in the subject.  Please include citations. This may be work previously written as part of a school assignment. Papers should be typed, double-spaced, and in a readable type-face. Include your name and address on the title page.  Unless so requested, papers will not be returned.

3. Applicants must secure a one-page recommendation from a current or former social studies teacher that addresses their interest in history and/or political science, and performance in social studies courses.  Teachers should submit their recommendations directly to Satyajit Dattagupta, Vice President for Admission and Enrollment Management, by e-mail at sdattagupta2@washcoll.edu, or by mail at WC Admissions Office, 300 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620.

imageApplications for the 2015-16 academic year are due February 28, 2015.  For assistance with the application process, please contact
the Admissions Office’s Satyajit Dattagupta (800-422-1782, ext. 7700, sdattagupta2@washcoll.edu).

The Quill and Compass Scholarships at Washington College are made possible through the generosity of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Colonial Dames of America, Chapter I, and other supporters and friends.