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.  Your contribution of $2,500 or more will unlock funding from the Hamiltons that is double your gift, effectively tripling the impact of your investment in WashU students.

Your GiftHamilton Family GiftTotal impact on WashU students

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

WashU Student Experience Fund

Supports the highest priorities of a best-in-class student experience by providing essential resources utilized at the discretion of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Student Health & Well-being

Supports the health and well-being of our students through counseling and psychological services, promotion and prevention services, WashU Cares, Habif Medical Services, and disability resources.

Career Services

Supports reimagined career services that will improve career readiness, bolster faculty collaboration, and deepen employer engagement.

Student Professional Opportunities Fund

Supports fully-funded pre-professional opportunities for students, including internships, research positions, co-ops, and micro-internships.

Student Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

Supports programs, services, and curricula that provide students the tools to build diverse perspectives, engage in productive dialogue, and navigate the world with confidence and self-awareness.


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