2019 Quill & Compass Scholarship

In the spring of 1748, a brave 16-year-old Virginian set forth on an adventure beyond the western mountains. The young surveyor, George Washington, equipped with his compass and quill pen, embarked on journey and educational experience that would last a lifetime.

At Washington College, we believe, in the spirit of our founding patron, the best education is one that combines personal growth gained by experience, travel, and perhaps even adventure. The Quill and Compass Scholarship is for students interested in exploring history, political science, or American Studies at one of the most historic institutions in the nation. The scholarships’ name symbolizes our distinct approach to studying the past. The quill pen represents Washington College’s famed excellence in teaching writing, in particular, the literary craft of history. The compass represents the many opportunities we offer our students to explore the world beyond the college, especially the surrounding region of the Chesapeake Bay, one of America’s richest historical areas.

All admitted students interested in history, political science, or American Studies are encouraged to apply. The Quill and Compass Scholarship is a $1,500 renewable scholarship awarded to ten members of the incoming freshman class. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due by March 15, 2019.

Incoming students who wish to be considered for the Quill & Compass Scholarship must complete the following:

(1) Applications will be accepted from incoming first-year students only, and must include a short cover letter describing his/her interest in history, political science, and American Studies, and reasons for applying to be a Quill & Compass Scholar. 

(2) Applicants must submit a social studies (history, government, etc.) paper of 6-8 consecutive pages in length (or an excerpt of 6-8 consecutive pages from a longer paper) that represents their best work in the subject. Please include citations. This may be work previously written as part of a school assignment. Papers should be typed, double-spaced, and in a readable typeface. Include your name and address on the title page. Unless so requested, papers will not be returned.

(3) Applicants must secure a one-page recommendation from a current or former social studies teacher that address their interest in history, political science, and the students’ performance in social studies courses. Letters of recommendation should be sent to the Office of Admissions at Washington College and to the attention of Hana Albrecht. Electronic letters of recommendation can be emailed directly to Hana Albrecht at halbrecht2@washcoll.edu.

For additional information about the Quill & Compass Scholarship, please call or email Hana Albrecht at 410-778-7700 or halbrecht2@washcoll.edu.

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