Washington Light Infantry Scholarship
Recruit and retain graduate students enrolled in the history curriculum, who exhibits an interest and emphasis in American History – renewable for an additional year if student maintains min GPA of 3.0 and remains in good academic standing. The recipient must share the values of the Donor as best the selection committee can determine: respect for American patriotism and the American way of life; dedication, love, and reverence for sacrifice in service to the United States of America; and truth and integrity in all actions. Applicants must submit a 500 word essay focusing on how he or she demonstrates these values.
The Washington Light Infantry (WLI), organized in 1807, is one of the nation’s oldest militia units. Anticipating a second war with Britain, the citizens of Charleston planned for a number of volunteer corps, one of which was the Washington Light Infantry. WLI is the last surviving volunteer corps.
WLI was named in honor of George Washington. Annually, on his birthday, February 22, a military banquet is observed by the Corps. The famous Eutaw Flag was borne by another Washington, Colonel William Washington, a cousin of General George Washington.
Since 1807, the WLI has exhibited honor and bravery in every major war this country has fought. In addition to serving its country in every military engagement, the WLI has had the honor of participating as a military unit in centennial celebrations and ceremonial parades all over the nation. Volunteer corps are not generally long lived, but the WLI, combining social and military features, has been marked by extraordinary vitality. In addition, the WLI has received an unusual share of popular favor and esteem by the people of Charleston and the nation.