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The Johnson Scholars Program

Selection Process

The Santa Clara Johnson Scholars Program is offered to students whose qualities, experiences, and perspectives have prepared them to excel as leaders. Finalists will be selected on the basis of academic achievements in addition to their potential to contribute to the intellectual and civic life of SCU and the world at large. Johnson Scholars are also members of the University Honors Program.

Johnson Scholars Program Application Process

The Johnson Scholars Program application will be accessed through the University Honors Program application, and you must apply to Honors to be considered for Johnson Scholars. Upon being accepted into Santa Clara University you will be asked to apply to the University Honors Program. After completing the Honors application, you will then be offered the opportunity to submit a Johnson Scholars Program video application.

Once applications are reviewed, those selected as JSP finalists will be invited to attend virtual Selection Day on April 12th, 2024. From among the finalists, 5 Johnson Scholars will be selected and notified shortly thereafter. 

The following characteristics are typical of Santa Clara University's Johnson Scholars: 

  • Evidence of leadership and a spirit of tenacity
  • Demonstrated record of high academic performance
  • An unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.8 or higher
  • Record of service throughout their high school career
  • SAT scores of 1450 or above, if submitted. (please see SCU Test Optional Policy)



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