Williams Scholars Program

The Williams Scholars Program recognizes Boys’ Latin students for their outstanding academic achievements and proven commitment to the life of the school. The program is both challenging and inclusive, and provides motivation for students to strive for scholarly excellence and service to the community.

Named for Mr. Jack Williams, headmaster from 1962 until 1978, the program is modeled on the Echols Scholars Program at The University of Virginia and the Danforth Scholars Program at the Washington University in St. Louis. The program is the result of the vision of former headmaster Dr. H. Mebane Turner, who admired Mr. Williams for his dedication to the school and emphasis on scholarly excellence. In 2006, Dr. Turner initiated the program that honors Mr. Williams and pays tribute to outstanding students at Boys’ Latin.


- Students must demonstrate a record of commitment to all aspects of school life.

- Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and be enrolled in a minimum of two honors-level courses each semester.

- A student will remain a Williams Scholar provided he maintains this level of achievement and participation.


- Summer enrichment funds for study at colleges/universities or for programs such as Outward Bound or the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

- Luncheons with guest speakers.

- Field trips to Baltimore-Washington area academic institutions and industrial/commercial centers.


The Williams Scholars Program identifies and rewards students who honor Boys’ Latin School with their individual academic achievement and service. Anyone interested in helping to fund the program is asked to contact John Sieverts (410-377-7022) in the Development Office.



After BL’s 7th Headmaster, Jack. H. Williams ’38 passed away, The Baltimore Sun wrote the following editorial:  

Jack Williams of Boys’ Latin

Esse Quam Videri is the motto of Boys’ Latin School. It means “to be, not to appear,” and how precisely it applied to BL’s Jack Williams. In the world of private schools, where appearance matters inordinately in too many institutions, Jack Williams was a genuine article. An unpretentious man. A kind man. A man who determined, almost instinctively, that Boys’ Latin would give due weight to cognitive learning but would give its real attention to kids as persons. While Mr. Williams taught subjects, his personal interest was more in teaching values. He was interested not only in elite students but in boys who needed to find themselves and in boys who needed the special attention of a quiet, understanding headmaster.

Although Boys’ Latin can trace its roots back to 1844, making it the oldest independent institution of its kind in Baltimore, in its present manifestation it is overwhelmingly the creation of one man – Jack Williams.  Mr. Williams was an alumnus from the days when BL was a proprietary school in a red brick building near Mount Royal Station. Then, as a practicing lawyer, he was head of the alumni association when urban renewal threatened BL’s very existence in 1960. But instead of folding, the school moved north to the spacious Crossen Cooper estate on Lake Avenue and fortunately selected the president of its own alumni association as headmaster. Under Mr. Williams, BL became an independent non-profit institution, doubled in size to a student body of 505, built up its endowment from zero to $150,000, acquired separate buildings for a lower and middle school and, most important, established a character that reflected the personality of its headmaster.

Rarely could the passing of one man be such a loss to an institution. Yet rarely could one man leave so much of his own strength and quality – assets that will serve Boys’ Latin well in the years ahead.

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