Scholarship Program

Founded in 1974, the McKelvey School of Engineering was the first school at Washington University to create a scholarship program.

Support for scholarships is one of the most important investments alumni can make in the present and future success of Washington University. Scholarships and fellowships help attract and retain outstanding young men and women in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

Scholarships make it possible for qualified applicants to attend a premier university and achieve their fullest potential, regardless of their personal financial means. In many respects, scholarships help erase the distinction between those on different ends of the economic spectrum.

Endowed Scholarships

Giving an endowment gift to Washington University is a smart investment; it is an investment in a brighter future for our world. It is a gift that outlasts life, a gift that creates a permanent legacy to honor or memorialize an individual or an organization, a gift of opportunity that can literally change the lives of students and scholars.

The Washington University Board of Trustees has established minimum gift levels required to create endowments for various purposes in order to ensure that the income generated from the endowment fund significantly enhances the educational experience of our students and provides substantial support for the research and scholarship of our faculty, as well as the University's many important programs and initiatives. At these levels, the donor(s) may name the endowed fund.

Scholarships & Fellowships

Benefactor's Scholarship or Graduate Fellowship$1,000,000
Founder's Scholarship or Graduate Fellowship500,000
Sustaining Scholarship or Graduate Fellowship250,000
Scholarship or Graduate Fellowship100,000
Student Development Fund50,000
International Internship Fund50,000
Internship Fund25,000

Annual Scholarships

These scholarships encourage donors to make Annual Fund gifts of $5,000 or more to create one-year, named scholarships. Scholarship donors are recognized by the William Greenleaf Eliot Society at the level of Eliot Fellow or higher.

A main attraction of the program is the opportunity it offers donors to meet and get to know the students they are helping, and for the students to be able to thank their sponsors in person. Often, lasting friendships and even business and professional relationships have developed between sponsors and scholarship recipients.