2022 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.

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

    1. Applicants must provide a short cover letter from the applicant describing his/her/their interest in humanities and social sciences and their reason(s) for applying to be a Quill & Compass Scholar.

    2. Applicants must submit one of the following to be considered (PDF format recommended):

    A. A research paper from a high school class within the humanities or social sciences (English, history, communications, government, etc) that reflects, in some way, on American history, culture, or people – past or present. This could include an autobiographical reflection about one’s own American experience. The paper should be 4-8 consecutive pages in length (or an excerpt of 4-8 consecutive pages from a longer paper) that represents your best work. 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 type-face. Include your name and address on the title page. Unless so requested, papers will not be returned.

    B. A 3-4 page essay on the following topic: the Quill and Compass Scholarship is an initiative of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. The mission of the Starr Center is to explore the American experience in all its diversity and complexity, to seek creative approaches to illuminating the past, and to inspire thoughtful conversation informed by history. What does the “American Experience” mean to you and how does it relate to your intended field of study?

    For additional information about the Quill & Compass Scholarship, please call or email Annmarie Magnus at 410-778-7700 or amagnus2@washcoll.edu.

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    Please select as many of the following areas of interest as you wish. Your selections will not affect the committee’s decision — we’d just like to know more about you. We hope that you will more fully describe some of your current interests and activities in your cover letter.
    Please select as many of the following areas of interest as you wish. Your selections will not affect the committee’s decision — we’d just like to know more about you. We hope that you will more fully describe some of your current interests and activities in your cover letter.

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