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July 2014

Newest Class of Johnson Scholars Named at SCU

Ten incoming freshmen have been chosen as Santa Clara University Johnson Scholars, an honor awarded to those who meet rigorous personal and academic criteria.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 29, 2014 —A teen who already has studied the use of nanotechnology for cancer treatment; a state flute champion who has logged 600 volunteer hours; and several honor society members who created service clubs or nonprofits in their spare time.
 These impressive students are among the 10 incoming Santa Clara University freshmen chosen as Santa Clara University Johnson Scholars for 2014.
The Johnson Scholars program is funded by a generous gift from donors Rupert and Maryellie Johnson as a way to help students and enhance the University’s mission. The program was established to award full, renewable academic scholarships to up to 10 of SCU’s most academically accomplished, leadership-minded applicants.
During their four years the Johnson Scholars are given premier access to the University’s top leadership and honors programs, including the prestigious Johnson Leadership Fellows program, which is a summer stipend for a self-designed leadership experience.
“We welcome these incredibly driven and community-minded student leaders,” said SCU President Michael Engh, S.J. “Each of them embodies the values that the Johnsons sought to honor with this scholarship: compassion, leadership, integrity, and academic excellence.” 
The newest Johnson Scholars hail from six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Johnson Scholars for Class of 2018
Hometown: Federal Way, Wash.
Major: Business
Hometown: Avondale, Ariz.
Major: Psychology
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
Major: Political science
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Major: Biology
Hometown: Yorba Linda, Calif.
Major: Business
Name: Karen Mac
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Brookfield, Wis.
Major: Biology
Hometown: Kirkland, Wash.
Major: Biochemistry
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Major: Business
Hometown: Conifer, Colo.
Major: Biochemistry
More on the program and a full list of Scholars is available online at
Mr. Johnson is vice chairman and director of the financial firm Franklin Resources, and serves the University as a trustee emeritus. He was previously a member of the Board of Regents.
The scholars must meet demanding personal and academic criteria to be chosen: They must be individuals of high ethical standards; have maintained a 3.8 GPA or higher; have achieved top-tier SAT and ACT scores; have proven stellar academic, leadership, and service performance; and have demonstrated leadership potential. 
About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see
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