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Washington College Scholarships

Hodson Trust Scholarships

Admitted applicants of exceptionally high academic standing are designated as Hodson Trust Scholars. Typically, this designation occurs after May 1. Renewal criteria for the merit-based academic tuition scholarship awarded to Hodson Trust Scholars includes both full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative grade point average in the range of 2.5. Hodson Trust Scholarships are made possible by grants from the Hodson Trust.

Hodson Trust Scholarships for Children of Former Beneficial Employees

Children of former full-time Beneficial employees, with two or more years of service with Beneficial Corporation and its subsidiaries immediately prior to June 30, 1998 are potential candidates for these full-tuition scholarships.

To qualify, students must satisfy all three of the following conditions:

  1. Submit a letter requesting scholarship consideration prior to or concurrent with the submission of their application for admission. The letter must include a notarized statement from his or her parent indicating such parent’s relationship to the applicant, as well as such parent’s employment history with Beneficial prior to June 30, 1998.
  2. Present a three-year weighted grade point average of 3.25 or better (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Present a SAT CR+M score of 1170 or better or an ACT Composite score of 24 or better.

Students who are determined to be eligible for the full-tuition Hodson Trust Scholarship for Children of Former Beneficial Employees will receive their scholarship award letters at the time of admission. The scholarships will be renewed annually provided that the recipient maintains continuous full-time enrollment status and a minimum cumulative Washington College grade point average of 2.5.

Eastern Shore Society Scholarship

Eastern Shore Society Scholarship This scholarship shall provide financial support for students from Maryland’s Eastern Shore or of Eastern Shore heritage who are interested in pursuing environmental studies and/or work tied to the Center for Environment and Society. One (1) $1,500 tuition scholarship will be offered, renewable annually for four years. Additionally, the chosen scholarship recipient will receive a one-time grant of $2,000 to offset the cost of the Chesapeake Semester.

Sophie Kerr Gift in English Literature

These four-year $1,500 tuition scholarships are awarded annually to entering students who intend to major in English and who show outstanding promise in the field of literature. Scholarship finalists are selected by members of the English Department.

Quill & Compass Scholarships

The Quill and Compass Scholarships are awarded to admitted students interested in exploring history or 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.

The Environment and Society Fellowship

This $1,500 scholarship is renewable and awarded annually to high-achieving incoming students with an interest in the environment. Environment and Society Fellows also receive priority consideration for CES internships and our flagship Chesapeake Semester program, as well the chance to work on research skills, meet with visiting experts, and take behind-the-scenes looks at partner institutions like the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Constance Stuart Larrabee Scholarship

Admitted students who have a proven talent in art, music, or drama are encouraged to submit a portfolio of work to compete for the Constance Stuart Larabee Scholarship. Two students from each area are awarded a $1,500 scholarship, renewable each year based on a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

The Washington College Scholarship for Ornithology

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Foreman’s Branch Bird Observatory and the Year of the Bird, Washington College has created a new scholarship for students interested in the science and study of birds. The Washington College Scholarship for Ornithology will be awarded to two students entering the class of 2023, providing each $1,500 a year for four years.

The Cincinnatus Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship with an extra $5,000 stipend for experiential learning opportunities through The Institute of Religion, Politics and Culture at Washington College, is renewable and awarded annually to one admitted student per year with a strong interest in the study of religion’s influence on American and world history, as well as its contemporary importance for cultural and political life. Offering experiential learning opportunities such as the Oxford Research Seminar and the Cincinnatus Leadership Scholars Program among many others, the Institute of Religion, Politics and Culture helps students explores a range of pressing issues facing contemporary society and the enduring value of America’s founding principles. Register here.

Kent County Vincent Hynson ’87 Scholarship

In Fall 2006, Baird Tipson, President of Washington College, announced the creation of a new scholarship fund named in honor of late alumnus the Reverend Vincent Hynson ’87, who passed away in August 2004. A scholarship is offered to an entering freshman who is a graduate of a secondary school in Kent County, who meets all admissions qualifications, demonstrates financial need, and whose achievements and aspirations most closely emulate the values of Vincent Hynson. The scholarship ensures that full direct cost financial need is met after family contribution and federal and state sources are considered. The recipient must apply for and accept all federal and state need-based aid, including grants and student loans. In addition, the recipient must maintain full-time enrollment and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in order to continue the scholarship throughout all four years.

To be considered for the Vincent Hynson Scholarship, students must:

  • Graduate from a high school located in Kent County, MD 
  • Have a completed admission application on file with the Admissions office no later than Feb. 15
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid no later than Mar. 1 (The FAFSA will be used to determine a student’s financial need).
  • Selected students will be invited to complete an on campus interview on Mar. 23.

For additional information regarding the Vincent Hynson Scholarship, contact Hana Albrecht in Admissions, at 410-778-7700 or

The Kent County Vincent Hynson ’87 Scholarship honors the memory of a Washington College graduate who led an exemplary life as a teacher, coach, pastor and leader in the Kent County community. Hynson, a graduate of Kent County High School, attended Washington College as a non-traditional student, receiving a degree in history in 1987.

You may contact the Office of Student Financial Aid by phone at 410-778-7214 or by e-mail at