JD Williams Scholarship Program

JD Williams Scholarship Day

Named after the founder of Crown College, this unique invitation-only event is an opportunity for the highest caliber high school seniors to compete for Crown’s two premier scholarships: The JD Williams Scholarship (2 awards at $17,500 per year) or Department Scholarships (10 awards at $12,500 per year).

This highly competitive event features departmental meetings/interviews with faculty members, a catered lunch with a keynote address, participation in mock classes led by Honors Faculty, chapel, a pizza party and free admission to Crown Basketball games in the evening.


Honors Program Faculty have prepared three questions, which will be provided with the invitation. An essay response to one of the questions (300-600 words, 2 page maximum) is required to attend the event. To be considered for the opportunity of interviewing for the JD Williams Scholarship, a student must also submit an additional 1-2 minute video response to one of the other questions.

Dates & Deadlines:

  • Friday, December 6, 2014 — Invitations will begin to be mailed
    • Must be Accepted to Crown to be considered for an invitation
      • Invitations will continue to be mailed to eligible students who are accepted between December 6 and January 8.
    • Eligibility is based on an index score combining HS GPA and ACT/SAT score
  • Friday, January 9, 2015 — RSVP deadline
  • Friday, January 16, 2015 — Video and/or Essay submission deadline (submission instructions will be included with the invitation)
  • Friday, January 23, 2015 — Crown notifies each student who submitted the additional video if they have been selected to interview for the JD Williams Scholarship in addition to the Department Scholarship.
  • Friday, January 30, 2015 — Attend the event in person
  • Friday, February 6, 2015 — Crown will notify all participants of the results

Additional Notes:

  • JD Williams and Department Scholarships replace any previously awarded Academic Scholarship — they do not stack on top of one another.
  • Students who participate in the event but do not receive a competitive award will receive a $1,000 Premier Scholarship (applicable for the first year at Crown only) and keep their existing Academic Scholarship
  • Parents are absolutely encouraged to attend, and students are invited to stay on campus overnight. Housing will be available Thursday night and/or Friday night (please indicate your plans when you RSVP).

RSVP or Questions:

 or 1-800-68-CROWN (27696)