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Washington Scholars Program

The Washington Scholars Program was developed to provide the benefits of a Washington College education to students who may have not have had the opportunity because of substantial financial need. Washington Scholars receive full tuition and fees, as well as room and board. While relieving financial concerns is a major benefit, the College recognizes that there is more to a transformative college experience than financial resources; hence, Washington Scholars is a program, not merely a scholarship.

The Washington Scholars Program, led by Carese Bates, Director of Intercultural Affairs, provides students with a sense of community as they traverse their four-year journey from Washington College student to esteemed alumni. Intentional programming, cultural excursions, mentorship, and workshops are just a few of the many benefits that Washington Scholars enjoy.

Washington College seeks high-performing students who are passionate about and dedicated to their academic and extracurricular pursuits. Beyond academic achievement, successful applicants will have demonstrated a willingness to continue to grow and to help shape the future of the College into a richer experience for all students.


Prospective Washington Scholars must be nominated by their high school counselors, community-based organization leaders, teachers, or their admissions counselors in order to be considered. Historically, as part of the selection process, students have been invited to campus for two nights. Given the pandemic, it will likely be necessary for the program to be adapted.

The following completed application materials must be submitted by Monday, January 24, 2022.

  • The Common Application
    • A completed application to Washington College includes:
      • Completed and signed application form, admissions essay/personal statement, one counselor recommendation, official transcript, SAT or ACT scores (optional)
  • Completed FAFSA
  • The nomination form (click "Nominate a Student" below)
  • January 28, 2022: Selection committee meets to determine nominees
  • January 31, 2022: Program nominees are notified
  • February 14, 2022 Scholarship essay is due
  • February 16, 2022 Finalists are notified
  • March 4-5, 2022: Scholars Selection Weekend
  • March 21, 2022: Scholars selection announced
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Shannel Fraser

Class of 2024 • Alexandria, Virginia
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Class of 2023 • St. Michaels, Maryland
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