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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.

Application to Santa Clara

Candidates are selected from the undergraduate, first-year student admission application pools. No separate scholarship application is required. Admission applications must be submitted through the online Common Application process. 

*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

**All international applicants are required to complete a Financial Resources Statement proving the student or their family are able to cover the total cost of the first year attendance before their application will be considered for admission.

Selection Process

Semi-finalist candidates will be notified by mid-February, and asked to submit supplemental material by early March. After supplemental materials are reviewed, finalists will be identified. Finalists will be invited to a Scholarship Weekend in early April. Travel and lodging expenses for the Scholarship Weekend will be paid by the University for the finalists. The weekend includes attending classes, touring the campus, meeting with faculty mentors, dining with members of the Johnson Scholars community, selection activities, and additional events. A program for parents, who may attend at their own expense, will intersect and complement the student program.

Award Process

From among the finalists, up to 10 Johnson Scholars for the academic year will be selected and notified in the weeks following Scholarship Weekend. All participating Johnson Scholarship Weekend finalists are also eligible for consideration of the Robert Warren Scholarship.  

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
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 30 or SAT combined score of 1,400 in the math and critical reading sections
  • Record of service throughout the high school career

Key Dates

Johnson Scholars Selection Process

  • January/February Early action semifinalists notified
  • Early-Mid February All semifinalists notified
  • February Semifinalists to submit essay by 5 p.m. (PST)
  • Mid-Late March Finalists notified
  • April 13 & 14 Finalists attend Scholarship Weekend (arrival on campus Thursday, April 6)

Johnson Scholars Awards

  • Mid April The 10 Johnson Scholars selected and notified
  • May 1 Deadline for accepting SCU admittance and Johnson Scholars award

Santa Clara Undergraduate Admission Application Process

Early Decision

  • October Last month to take standardized tests for Early Decision applicants
  • November 1 Postmark deadline for Early Decision application
  • November 15 Deadline to submit the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE
  • Late December Early Decision applicants notified of admission decision
  • Late December Admitted Early Decision students notified of financial aid package
  • January 7 Postmark deadline for enrollment deposit
  • February 1 Deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • March 2 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (CA residents only)

Early Action

  • October Last month to take standardized tests for Early Action applicants
  • November 1 Postmark deadline for Early Action application
  • November 15 Deadline to submit the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE
  • Late December Early Action applicants notified of admission decision
  • Late December Admitted Early Action students notified of financial aid package
  • February 1 Deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • March 2 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (CA residents only)
  • May 1 Postmark deadline for enrollment deposit

Regular Decision

  • December Last month to take standardized tests for Regular Decision
  • January 7 Postmark deadline for Regular Decision application
  • February 1 Deadline to submit the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE
  • February 1 Deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • March 2 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (CA residents only)
  • Late March Regular Decision applicants notified of admission decision
  • April 1 Admitted Regular Decision students notified of financial aid package
  • May 1 Postmark deadline for enrollment deposit