Anica Donnan Rawnsley Scholarship

Giving back to students in Washington County.

For students enrolling at W&J in the fall of 2024*, the Anica Donnan Rawnsley Scholarship will cover the cost of tuition after accounting for your federal, state, institutional, external, and merit-based awards and aid.

Students must meet certain criteria to qualify for the Anica Donnan Rawnsley Scholarship.

You can get more information about the Anica Donnan Rawnsley Scholarship by contacting our admissions team at

*Awarding strategies may change annually to distribute the scholarship to students who qualify.


Scholarship Criteria:

In order to be considered for the full scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time degree-seeking student enrolled at W&J*
  • Be a permanent resident of Washington County, PA
  • Reside on-campus
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) with W&J's school code (003389) by May 1, 2024

Commuter students may be eligible for a partial scholarship, and Pell-eligible students may be eligible for funds beyond tuition costs to support the cost of housing and food. All eligible students will receive additional information in their financial aid package. The Anica Donnan Rawnsley Scholarships are renewable for four years as long as the student remains in good standing at W&J.

*Full admission to W&J requires a 3.0 GPA.

Who was Anica Donnan Rawnsley?

Anica dedicated a generous $50 million gift to Washington & Jefferson College to provide scholarships, specifically to Washington County area students. Her dream was to make W&J affordable to the students of our region.

Anica Donnan Rawnsley was a Washington County native and Washington & Jefferson College's first female trustee. Having been a school teacher in her earlier years, Ms. Rawnsley was a firm believer in the transformative power of education. Her commitment to the educational success of students from Washington County is evident by this extraordinary contribution.