We are grateful for all Make Way champions who have invested in WashU students.

Make Way: Our Student Initiative publicly launched on October 6, 2022. Gifts and commitments for the Make Way initiative January 1, 2019–December 31, 2023 are showcased below.

Thank you to our generous donors!


Donor households


For Make Way priorities

new undergraduate and graduate endowed scholarships


Since July 1, 2023


Since January 1, 2019

Make way priorities


Undergraduate scholarships


Graduate student support


Student experience

annual scholarships of $10K or more


Since July 1, 2023

Student experience endowed funds


Gifts of $250K+

WashU Giving Day April 19


Raised for Make Way

The Catalyst Challenge has inspired 16 donors to commit over $10M for endowed undergraduate scholarships.

26 households have participated in the Step-Up Challenge, making a total impact of more than a $1M.

12 total households have participated in the Hamilton Healthy Challenge for parents, families, and young alumni.

Two households have participated in the WashULaw Opportunity Challenge.

Jenna Bennett, a first-generation student at the School of Medicine, wants to help underserved patients from rural communities, and her scholarship support makes this dream possible. Watch to learn more about her story.

Make Way: Our Student Initiative is building resources for undergraduate scholarships, graduate scholarships and fellowships, and the student experience, allowing WashU to remove financial barriers for qualified students. With the help of generous supporters, we can offer all students countless opportunities to learn to think critically and across disciplines before going out to make their unique mark on the world.