An endowed scholarship is a priceless way to give a hand up to hardworking, ambitious School of Law students as they pursue a rich and rigorous legal education at Washington University. These scholarships, as well as other forms of student support, are essential to WashULaw’s ability to welcome and educate the very best students, regardless of their financial resources.

When your law scholarship is endowed, your gift is invested in WashU’s world-class endowment, with an annual investment payout of around 4% going to support your scholarship student or students. As the corpus of your scholarship fund grows over time, so will the payout, empowering your fund to support more students over the years. Endowed scholarships are permanent resources that last for as long as Washington University and the law school endure.

About the challenge

Dedicated WashU Law alumna Alicia McDonnell, JD ’95, has committed $2 million to help WashULaw scholarship donors amplify their impact. Here’s how the challenge works: For donors who want to establish a new endowed scholarship, the WashULaw Opportunity Challenge will match gifts dollar for dollar starting at $250,000, with a match limit of $500,000 per gift. Those matching funds will go directly into your scholarship endowment, giving its growth a head start to best serve WashULaw students.

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Toni Schneider FinchExecutive Director of Advancement, School of Law
Take full advantage of this extraordinary giving challenge before matching funds run out.

Beyond scholarships

WashULaw prepares students to be competent, ethical lawyers serving the public good. New endowed commitments of $250,000 or more to support WashULaw’s Summer Public Interest Program for students doing public interest, pro bono summer work also qualify for a 1:1 match with a limit of $500,000.

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“I am grateful for the outstanding professional education I received at the School of Law and want to help today’s talented young students receive a top-notch legal education and achieve their career goals.”

Alicia McDonnell, JD ’95