Ensuring students thrive

In a world marked by growing mental health concerns, an ever-shifting career landscape, and the polarized nature of current discourse, we have seen rapid change in our students’ needs.  

To address their evolving needs, the Division of Student Affairs has launched Healthy Excellence, a multidimensional spectrum of programs and services that prioritize health and well-being as a foundation for lifelong success.

At the heart of Healthy Excellence lies a vision: for students to graduate healthier than they arrive. 

As our students pursue excellence in all they do, their success should not come at the expense of their well-being. Your support makes a direct impact as we aim to:

  • provide our students with crucial education, training, and coaching that equips them to tackle the stressors that inhibit well-being
  • enhance our counseling and psychological services
  • develop innovative, four-year programs that foster a sense of belonging, ensure career readiness, and nurture personal growth.

Together, let’s empower the next generation to thrive in an ever-changing world.

How the challenge works

Carol and John Hamilton have established a $2 million challenge to encourage support of the Healthy Excellence initiative. Gifts of $2,500 or more to a qualifying fund will unlock an equal gift from the Hamilton family. Multiyear commitments of $2,500 or more to a qualifying fund will unlock a one-time gift from the Hamilton family that is double your initial gift.

Your giftHamilton family giftTotal contribution
One-time gift$2,500 or more$2,500$5,000
Multiyear gift$2,500 or more (per year)one-time gift of $5,000*$7,500

*Hamilton family gift applies to first year of multiyear commitment only.

Gifts must be designated to one or more of the following funds to qualify:

  • WashU Student Experience Fund
  • Student Health & Well-Being
  • Career Services
  • Student Professional Opportunities Fund
  • Student Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Jen NulleDirector of Advancement, Student Affairs

We believe every student should have the opportunity to thrive. And that means supporting the whole student — their mind and body, their academic and extracurricular experiences, and so much more.

Carol and John Hamilton, WashU parents

About the Eliot Society

Each year, thousands of alumni, parents, and friends provide flexible resources that help sustain Washington University’s excellence. Leading these vital efforts are members of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society, who contribute $1,000 or more annually.

Annual Fund Levels of Recognition* 

William Greenleaf Eliot Society 

Eliot Society Member


Eliot Society Fellow**


Eliot Society Benefactor**


Eliot Society Patron


Danforth Circle 

Dean’s Level


Chancellor’s Level

$50,000 or more 

Your gift to Washington University is tax deductible to the extent allowed by U.S. and Canadian law. 

*Your recognition level is based on your gift and will not include the challenge matching dollars. 

**Donors may establish a named annual scholarship for each gift of $5,000 or more.