Washington University students come to us from a wide range of backgrounds and previous educational experiences. Many have overcome significant obstacles to arrive where they are today. Your support helps ensure that Washington University continues to attract students of the highest caliber and offer them extraordinary opportunities to learn and achieve. 

General scholarship support

Donors can support scholarships at the university or school level. This annual support allows deans and school administrators to attract the very brightest students, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Interested in learning more? Browse a selection of WashU scholarship funds using the links below.

Annual named scholarships

Donors may sponsor a named scholarship annually with minimum gift of $5,000. You may name the scholarship in honor of yourself, a friend or family member, or in memory of a loved one. We encourage you to establish a scholarship by making a multi-year commitment, or you may choose to renew your gift each year.​ You’ll have opportunities to meet your scholarship student or students at special events during the year.

Undergraduate alumni who have graduated in the past five years and graduate and professional alumni ages 35 or younger who have graduated in the past five years may establish a named annual scholarship for $2,500.

Endowed scholarships

Alumni and friends establish endowed scholarships at Washington University for any number of reasons. Some are grateful for the scholarships they received as students. Some wish to honor family members. Some choose to recognize a professor who inspired them to dig deeper. Some simply want to say “Thank you!” because they have seen firsthand how the university has changed lives—including their own.

Scholarship recipient Stephanida Kvokov image

Student stories

Your gift to WashU can change lives. Hear directly from several remarkable students about how a scholarship provided them with opportunities they had never even imagined.

“With your support, I am receiving an unparalleled educational experience. I hope to use my time here to not only learn more about the world around me, but to also learn how I can give back to society after I graduate.” 

David Bradford, Arts & Sciences Class of 2023

Did you know?

  • WashU students were awarded $295 million in scholarship assistance during fiscal year 2020.
  • In 2019-2020, 42% of undergraduates received scholarship support.
  • 33% of undergraduate scholarship recipients received significant assistance—50% or more of tuition.
  • The average need-based scholarship award per undergraduate student is $48,837.