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The Johnson Scholars Program

Selection Process

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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

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

*Upon completion of required financial aid forms (FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE) for need-based considerationstudents 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.

JSP Selection Process

Semi-finalist candidates will be notified by early March and asked to submit supplemental material by mid-March. After supplemental materials are reviewed, finalists will be identified. Finalists will be invited to a virtual Selection Day in early April. For 2023, the selection day will be Friday, April 14th.

Award Process

From among the finalists, 5 Johnson Scholars will be selected and notified in the weeks following the Selection Day. 

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 the high school career
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 30 or SAT combined score of 1,400 in the math and critical reading sections (please see Test Optional Policy above)

Key Dates for 2022-2023

Johnson Scholars Selection Process 

  • Late February/Early March Semi-finalists notified and invited to submit next steps
  • Mid March Supplemental materials due
  • Late March Finalists notified
  • Early April Finalists attend Virtual Selection Activities
    • (The 2023 selection day will be Friday, April 14th)

Johnson Scholars Awards

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

Key deadlines for Santa Clara's undergraduate admission application can be found on the Admission's website.

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