Scholarship Opportunities

Learn more about scholarship opportunities at Washington College.


Types of Scholarships  

Honors Fellowships are awarded to first-year students admitted to Washington College. Students may apply on their own for these scholarships, but may also be nominated by their admissions counselor. Priority consideration for these scholarships is given to students who apply to WC by December 1st.

Honors Fellowships are interest-based scholarships that offer a variety of opportunities throughout the recipient's time at Washington College, continue below to learn more about each individual Honors Fellowship. 

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Merit-based academic tuition scholarships are offered to students based on GPA, test scores, class rank or other criteria as determined by the Office of Admissions. 

Students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships when they submit their application. At the time of admission, students will be notified of their eligibility for merit-based scholarships. Awards generally range up to $36,000, renewable annually.

All admitted National Honor Society and Cum Laude Society students who have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or better receive at least $30,000 in an academic tuition award.

Academic tuition scholarships are awarded to active Phi Theta Kappa members who apply as transfer students. 

These scholarships recognize academic achievement regardless of financial need. More than half of our students qualify for a merit-based tuition scholarship. Scholarship amounts can be up to $36,000 per year.

Washington College is excited to accept Tuition Exchange applications each year from member institutions under the guidelines of the Tuition Exchange organization. Supporting the educational opportunities of the children of colleagues in higher education is important to us, and we are pleased to be a part of this service.

The Tuition Exchange scholarship covers the total cost of tuition to WC for up to 4 years of undergraduate education. This scholarship does not cover the costs of room and board, or other fees.

Learn more about WC's Tuition Exchange process

This $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to an incoming first year student and will renew annually for four years. All majors and interests are welcome to apply! Applicants must submit an essay about a political topic of their choosing. 

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Children of former full-time Beneficial employees, with two or more years of service with Beneficial Corporation and its subsidiaries immediately prior to June 30, 1998 are potential candidates for these full-tuition scholarships. Eligible applicants should request consideration with their application for admission.

To qualify, students must satisfy BOTH of the following conditions:

1. Submit a letter requesting scholarship consideration prior to or concurrent with the submission of their application for admission. The letter must include a notarized statement from the applicant’s parent indicating such parent's relationship to the applicant, as well as such parent's employment history with Beneficial prior to June 30, 1998.

2. Present a three-year weighted grade point average of 3.25 or better (on a 4.00 scale).

Students who are determined to be eligible for the full-tuition Hodson Trust Scholarship for Children of Former Beneficial Employees will be invited to interview for the scholarship.

The scholarships will be renewed annually provided that the recipient maintains continuous fulltime enrollment status and a minimum cumulative Washington College grade point average of 2.5.

WC’s Hodson Trust Scholarship for Children of Former Beneficial Employees Timeline

Students who are applying for the Hodson Trust Scholarship for Children of Former Beneficial Employees should adhere to the following timeline:

  • Priority Hodson Trust Scholarship for Children of Former Beneficial Employees application deadline is 2/1/25, applications after this date will be reviewed based on availability for the scholarship.
  • Interviews for students who meet the academic standards for the Hodson Trust Scholarship for Children of Former Beneficial Employees will begin in early February. 
  • The interview process will conclude on 3/1/25.
  • Students will be informed of the Hodson Trust Scholarship for Children of Former Beneficial Employees decision by mid-March.

For any questions regarding Hodson Trust Scholarship for Children of Former Beneficial Employees, please reach out to Skylar Kuhn, Associate Director of Admissions, by email at, or call 410-810-8321 (desk).

Incoming students interested in any area of theatre are encouraged to apply for the Timothy Maloney Scholarship.

Established through the generosity of alumni donors in honor of departmental founder and Professor Emeritus Timothy Maloney, multiple merit scholarships are awarded annually to incoming freshmen who intend to major in theatre.

A total of three (3) scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $7,500 will be made, renewable annually for four years, provided the recipient maintains good academic standing (GPA ≥ 2.5) and declares a theatre major.

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The Chairman's Scholarship, which is funded by GE Chairman and Washington College alum H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. and his wife Wendy Culp, selects up to five recipients to receive a $20,000 scholarship renewable for an additional three years – up to $80,000 total per recipient. Recipients must be children of current GE employees at the time of application.

Learn more about the Chairman's Scholarship


Named and endowed scholarships are provided through the generosity of donors, alumni, corporate foundations. Eligibility for endowed scholarships are based on specific qualifications as established by the scholarship donor(s), such as merit, residency, financial need, major, GPA, involvement in extra-curricular activities, etc. 

Students need not apply for named scholarships; they are awarded at the discretion of the Director of Student Financial Aid. 

Named scholarship recipients may be asked to write a personal note of thanks to the donor(s) who made your scholarship possible and/or attend a function with the scholarship donor(s).

Private Scholarships

Private scholarship funds from private donors, civic organizations, corporations, foundations or other group are considered outside awards.

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These funds are posted upon receipt of the scholarship check. Checks received by our office are divided equally between fall and spring semesters unless otherwise indicated in your scholarship award letter.

A private scholarship may affect your need-based financial aid if the total financial aid, including the outside award, exceeds federally calculated need or if the sum of all scholarships received exceeds the cost of attendance. Whenever possible, the Office of Student Financial Aid will reduce loan and work-study awards first.

Students who receive a merit-based academic tuition scholarship are required to maintain a 2.5 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and full-time, continuous enrollment at Washington College. International students who receive a merit scholarship are required to maintain a 2.0 CGPA.

Students who receive an endowed scholarship, unless otherwise stated in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), are required to maintain a 2.5 CGPA and full-time continuous enrollment at Washington College. Endowed scholarships may or may not be renewable.

Students who leave WC and do not attend another college and are meeting the minimum 2.5 WC CGPA when they leave will automatically be eligible for their merit aid upon return to WC. Financial aid will automatically review their file upon notification of their return to WC. Students who have received need-based aid in prior years will be reviewed upon receipt of the FAFSA for the academic year in which they return. Eligibility for need-based aid will be determined whent he FAFSA is received.

Students who leave WC and attend another school will not be eligible for their merit and/or need-based aid. Students may appeal and should contact the Financial Aid office to begin that process.

Students who are not meeting the minimum criteria will not be eligible for the respective aid upon their return. Students will have the ability to appeal if there was an extenuating circumstance.

Scholarships eligibility is for a maximum of eight semesters. Renewal eligibility will be reviewed at the end of every spring term. Students will be notified in June of their merit award status.


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