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The mission of George Wythe University is to develop the caliber of graduates who can be genuinely effective at moving the cause of liberty.  Moving the needle measurably requires that each individual's influence is not merely average, but substantial. Consequently, a universal requirement for a Mission-based scholarship is for students to declare their intent to use their education at GWU as a springboard into graduate school in one of the identified battlefronts vital for advancing the cause of liberty, or in exceptional cases, into direct engagement on such a public battlefront as approved by the selection committee.

These scholarships also serve as a defining financial accountability mechanism for GWU.  They are designed to meet the high expectations of thoughtful and motivated donors who wish to see the fruits of their support within their lifetimes—matching their funds only with the caliber of talented students who share their principles and commitment.  Students are selected for indications of a high multiplier effect over the course of their lives.  In the recent words of President Boyle:

Imagine the impact of sending out an army of wise, good and principled attorneys who then become lawmakers and even judges; firmly grounded teachers who then start entire schools; fearless reporters and writers steeped in the principles of liberty who possess the skills to not be silenced, some who even go on to produce documentaries and feature films. The impact of all of these would reach into the thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions.

All returning and prospective students are welcome to apply. We invite all to read through the requirements and consider their own qualifications and commitment to the cause of liberty. Those who wish to apply can do so by emailing a letter of interest to registrar@gw.edu. Applicants for Fall Semester of any year should apply by the end of December of the previous year for priority consideration. Thereafter, applicants are considered on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to students who commit to full engagement in our Williamsburg model by choosing to live in the recommended zone between the Capitol and campus -- particularly housing that is within walking distance of both locations. Supporters who wish to contribute to these scholarships in order to serve greater numbers of students may do so at our donations page.

The Clarence Thomas Pre-law Scholarship

For top applicants declaring their commitment to use their education as a springboard into law school, and for the express purpose of moving the cause of liberty in law and government.

The William F. Buckley Valor in Media Scholarship

For top applicants declaring their commitment to use their education as a springboard into graduate programs or careers in journalism, mass communications, film or other media related programs, in which they will cultivate society's embracing of liberty, virtue and responsibility.

The C. S. Lewis Classical Education Scholarship

For top applicants declaring their commitment to use their education as a springboard into graduate programs in education, and to expand the culture of liberty through improving curricula and the creation of new schools.

The Margaret Thatcher Leadership Scholarship

For top applicants demonstrating a track record of exceptional leadership and declaring their commitment to use their education as a springboard into graduate studies related to media, education, law or a degree related to business and organizational leadership and with intent to advance the cause of liberty in American culture through those fields.

The Milton Friedman Free-Market Economics Scholarship
For top applicants with exceptional communications abilities and media potential, declaring their commitment to use their education as a springboard into a graduate program in economics.



a)      A personal essay not exceeding 1000 words and certified by the applicant as his own work. This essay must describe how principled leaders in the field of the particular scholarship could potentially serve to counteract a specific rising threat to liberty selected from the University's list further below, adapted from the Templeton Foundation’s publication, New Threats to Freedom.
b)      Competitive ACT or SAT scores. (For returning students, standing GPA will be weighted more heavily.)
c)      Competitive high school GPA (or equivalent for homeschooled applicants). George Wythe University GPA will be used for returning students.
d)      A minimum of two, but no more than three, letters of recommendation specifically for the identified scholarship. (Letters must be sent independently by previous teachers, advisers, employers, administrators or equivalent.)
e)      A list of accomplishments, experience, abilities, activities and interests.
f)      An interview by the selection committee conducted in person or by live video stream (Skype). The interview will be evaluated on maturity, articulation, authenticity, forthrightness, geniality, ability, credibility, character, and leadership attributes of the applicant.
g)      A minimum of one, but no more than two, samples of prior writing.
h)      Signed letter of intent to pursue a Masters degree or higher in the student’s scholarship emphasis after graduation at any university external to GWU.  If a student discovers in the course of his undergraduate studies that his talents and interests are better suited to another emphasis, switching his commitment will be permitted while at GWU with appropriate academic counseling.
i)      Maintain full-time enrollment on campus on the standard four-year graduation trajectory.

Scholarships are renewable annually for up to four years by maintaining a GPA of 3.9 for credits earned during the scholarship period, a favorable progress review and good character standing. Under the standard four-year graduation trajectory, 15 credits of core classes must be taken each semester and Field Experience and Foreign Language requirements are completed during the summer.

How to Apply

Prospective and returning students interested in these scholarships should begin preparing the above items immediately. To apply, please send a brief email stating your interest to registrar@gw.edu. Applicants for Fall Semester should apply by the end of December of the previous year for priority consideration. Thereafter, applicants are considered on a first come, first served basis.

Essay Topics:  New Threats to Freedom ~ Templeton Foundation

The title of Adam Bellow’s introduction to this book is particularly telling: Where Have All the Grownups Gone?  Advancing the cause of liberty in modern times requires that we reinvigorate the old discourse about freedom that went out of style with the Cold War.  With the passing of the Hero generation, this responsibility now falls upon the shoulders of Boomers, Generation X and Millennials.  Success will hinge upon whether these generations will have the maturity and wisdom to overcome adult society’s current trend of regressing into perpetual adolescence and the accompanying “progressive” impulse toward socialism. The list below provides a starting point as adapted from the recent book New Threats to Freedom published by the Templeton Foundation.

The Decline of Courage and Independence in American Media
Self-censorship due to fear of public backlash, either in the form of violence or, even more cowardly, loss of advertising revenue, is becoming a real threat to our freedoms of speech and the press.

The New Dogma of Fairness

The modern understanding of fairness has been warped to mean equal outcomes for all when traditionally it only meant equal opportunity. When government assumes the role of trying to ensure that life’s outcomes are fair, abuses of force are guaranteed.

The Protectionist Urge to Regulate
Regulation of various industries may have some positive outcomes, but the amount of red tape and government bureaucracy one needs to navigate in order to do something as simple as open a lemonade stand is making it increasingly difficult to live the American entrepreneurial dream.

The Loss of the Freedom to Fail

Despite our best efforts to erase the idea of failure from our social fabric, the old saying that “in order to succeed, you have to be willing to fail” still rings true. Any attempt to subvert the freedom to fail is also an attack on the freedom to succeed.

The Displacement of Marriage as a Threat To Freedom
Mothers used to rely upon forming a legal family unit to provide economic and personal security.  But as more and more women forgo marriage for one reason or another while continuing to bear children, they are becoming increasingly dependent on the state, even if that means sacrificing more freedom and autonomy. This creates a constituency of millions of new voters with a growing vested interest in fighting for bigger government.

The Rise of Antireligious Orthodoxy
Militant atheists are waging a campaign against belief that goes beyond simply removing it from the public sphere. They are seeking to obliterate it in the private sphere as well and, in doing so, are violating the very freedoms they claim to uphold.

The Tyranny of the News Cycle
Of all tyrannies, that of the mob may be the worst. And with their nonstop barrage of information, the perpetuators of the news cycle go to every length imaginable to capture our collective attention, making an unthinking, uncritical mob of us all.

Students Against Liberty
The American college campus is one of the most repressive environments in the country when it comes to free speech. Not only are students failing to understand the importance of respecting someone else’s opinion, but all too often administrators are actually using their authority to stifle student speech and genuine dissent.

The Politicizing of Science
The integrity of science is based on processes little understood by the public and most officials.  The increasing corruption of peer review for political purposes as manifest in Climate-gate and similar scandals poses a serious and substantial threat to liberty, especially given the trust most people place in a sphere of experts mistakenly presumed above reproach and bias.

The Fairness Doctrine in Media
By legally forcing any broadcast medium voicing one political opinion to voice another dissenting opinion may well herald the beginning of the end of free speech. To join the workings of the state with the workings of the media would bring us dangerously close to totalitarianism.

The War on Natural Rights
Rather than encouraging government to keep us from smoking or making poor financial choices or eating unhealthy things, we should be championing government’s restricted role primarily as the guardian of Natural Rights, celebrating the freedom to live our lives with as little regulatory and political interference or delegation as possible.

Ingratitude and the Death of Freedom
When we lose our sense of gratitude for the gifts of freedom, when it is treated merely as an item to be consumed or a right to be demanded, how might freedom itself become in jeopardy?

The Anti-capitalists

With the collapse of the USSR, it seemed that capitalism had proven itself as the best of all possible economic models. The most recent round of economic turmoil, however, has inspired a resurgence of anti-capitalist intellectuals who call for a fundamental rewriting of the rules that underpin America’s free-market system.

The Rise of Mass Dependency

The problem is not that government bureaucracies won’t spend money providing services to disadvantaged neighborhoods. To the contrary, billions of dollars are being poured into programs, institutions, and bureaucracies whose actual result is to turn once-active citizens into permanent dependents.

Cyber-Anonymity and Incivility
Despite the promise of the internet, the convention of anonymity has evolved a political culture that is frequently twisted with self-righteous hatred, fear, paranoia, and even threats of physical violence. As this howling rage of incivility becomes more commonplace on the web, it is starting to spill over into the real world as well.

The Accommodation of Sharia Law
The call for introduction of Sharia law in non-Muslim countries is a new and radical concept without support in Islamic legal traditions. Yet while some American politicians are trying to accommodate it under the principle of “reasonable accommodation,” it would be almost impossible for Americans to accommodate the demands of Sharia without subverting our own established constitutional protections.

Threats to Philanthropic Freedom

Spurred on by special interest groups acting in the name of diversity and the public good, Congress is giving serious consideration to new laws that could give the government control over how private philanthropies spend their money and who they hire.

Liberty and Complacency

Vigilance means being able to recognize threats to our liberty, organize a response, and ensure that response is effective. The likelihood that we, as a people today, are able to muster enough conviction, unity, and resolve to do all three is anything but certain.





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