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Quill & Compass Scholarships

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.

The Quill & Compass Scholarship program is designed for incoming students interested in the humanities and social sciences. The program currently offers $6,000 scholarships ($1,500 annually for four years), along with unique opportunities to participate in family-style dinners with faculty and visiting speakers, travel to culturally- and historically-significant sites in the region, and other special activities that broaden one's understanding of the American experience.

To learn more about applying for the Quill & Compass Scholarship, please click here.

For assistance with the application process, please contact the Admissions Office: Jonathan Webb (800.422.1782, ext. 7700,


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.