Your Senior Class Gift is more than a donation—it’s a rite of passage that will help future WashU students have the same life-changing experience you enjoyed. 

Your gift of any size to WashU as part of the senior class is a chance to participate in a legacy of commitment that will benefit future students for many years to come. It is a tradition that stretches all the way back to the first graduating class of the university. The Senior Class Gift goal is all about participation. What matters is that you give something, helping your class to come together and make a lasting impact

Class of 2023

Check out the Senior Class Gift honor roll and how much progress your class has made toward its goal.

Frequently asked questions
What is the Senior Class Scholarship Fund

The Scholarship Fund is used in the following fall for an incoming first year student during their tenure at the university. Anyone who contributes to the fund will receive an update and bio on the student receiving the scholarship.

Why does WashU need me to make a gift?

While the WashU endowment has significantly increased our financial aid resources, there is still a gap between available resources and the demonstrated need of all students in perpetuity. We encourage you to check out to read more about our continued need for philanthropic support with the introduction of need-blind admissions.

Will my $5 truly make a difference?

Yes! Last year gifts of $100 or less made up more than $1.8 million in Annual Fund support. Annual Fund gifts significantly help bridge the gap between tuition and the full cost of a high-quality education. Annual Fund gifts also enable university leadership to act on immediate or changing needs and address unforeseen challenges. The university’s Annual Fund starts with a zero balance at the start of each fiscal year (July 1) and is replenished throughout the year by donors.

Will I receive anything for making a gift?

As a graduating senior, you will receive a gold philanthropy cord to wear during commencement for any donation of $5 or more. Your name will also be listed on the class giving website honor roll to show your dedication to the fund.

I want to support other programs, not a scholarship. Can I do that?

Absolutely, we know that every person has their own passions and may wish to support another area within WashU.

How do I make a gift?

You can make a donation online by visiting

What is the Senior Class Scholarship Fund committee?

The best way to raise awareness and excitement for the Senior Class Scholarship Fund is through word of mouth to your fellow peers. The Senior Class Scholarship Fund Committee is a volunteer opportunity designed to help with outreach to educate classmates on giving back to the university. You will learn about philanthropic giving and why this has been a tradition for all senior classes. This is also a great opportunity to be a leader during your graduation year and build your resume for job applications after graduation. 

How do I get involved in the Senior Class Scholarship Fund committee?

Complete the Senior Class Scholarship Fund Committee Interest Form or reach out to Lauren Diamond at with additional questions.