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The Johnson Scholars Program

About the Program/Award

The Johnsons take a picture with Johnson Scholars Class of 2018.

The Johnson Scholars Program is funded by a generous gift from donors Rupert and Maryellie Johnson.

An Extraordinary Opportunity

Santa Clara University’s Johnson Scholars Program offers exceptionally talented, high-achieving students an extraordinary opportunity to develop the leadership skills, knowledge, and commitment required to help build a better world. The program is an integral part of a rigorous, honors-level undergraduate education, but with the privileges and challenges associated with joining a distinctive community of scholars.

The Award

Students selected as Johnson Scholars receive a merit scholarship covering full tuition during the academic year, renewable annually for up to four years. In addition, the University is committed to fully meeting the demonstrated financial need of each Johnson Scholar. Upon completion of required financial aid forms (FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE) students may be eligible for additional costs of attendance, such as standard room and board fees as well as book and other customary expenses. Summer tuition and classes are not included. Students who demonstrate the highest levels of academic ability, motivation, and leadership potential in their application for freshman admission to Santa Clara University will be considered for this prestigious award. 

Creative Leadership and Research Opportunities

After Johnson Scholars have completed their first year at Santa Clara, they are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 in professional development funds. The funds offer scholars the opportunity to design and complete projects of their own creation that best support their development as a leader and scholar. Experiences may include internships, independent research, and cultural immersion travel.

The Johnson Scholars Commitment

Johnson Scholars must participate in the honors program and maintain a 3.5 grade point average throughout their undergraduate career at Santa Clara. Each year, scholars also are required to complete their FAFSA, be an active participant in Johnson Scholars programming and events, and write a letter to the program sponsor describing and reflecting on their experiences at Santa Clara and development as leaders. For more detailed program requirements, please see our program requirements document

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