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John Lewis Social Justice Award

This annual award recognizes a sophomore or junior at William & Mary with demonstrated commitment to social justice issues and actions, and advocacy for human rights, including the right to vote.

As a student activist and throughout his life, Congressman John Lewis embodied his belief in the power of nonviolent direct action, advocacy for the right to vote, and an ethic of love.

Honorees receive a $1500 financial scholarship and participate in a year of formation opportunities to support their growth in social justice leadership. This includes mentorship, connecting with leaders in local social justice work, and periodic written reflection.

Please note: if you have scholarships that cover the full cost of attendance (including fees, housing, and other expenses as figured by the university), the award will be applied to your financial aid package, which will then be reduced by that amount. In other words, if you happen to have scholarships covering all expenses, there's no net gain from this award.

Applications are due in February. The award is announced the week of February 21, Congressman Lewis’ birthday.