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Ernest Houston Johnson Scholars Program

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Students participate in the Ernest Houston Johnson Scholars Program

This program honors Ernest Houston Johnson, the first black graduate of Stanford University in the pioneer class of 1895. This is a three-quarter program for frosh designed to help them transition to Stanford by creating opportunities to critically think about their collegiate journey. The purpose of this course is to build a community of scholars by introducing them to the concept of research and career exploration. As a scholar, they will be placed in a small group of frosh with similar academic interests led by a team of graduate and undergraduate mentors. By participating in this program, they will have direct exposure to world-renowned faculty, prominent alumni, fellowships, internships, and scholarships.

As a Johnson Scholar, students will be joining a network of intellectuals, whose talents and works that began at Stanford have gone on to have national and global impact. They will join the legacy of notable alumni such as the first black female astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, ‘75, television producer Yvette Lee Bowser, ’87, Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker, ’91, and media sensation Issa Rae ’07. We are committed to exposing students to the vast opportunities that Stanford has to offer and creating opportunities that will enhance their intellectual journey.