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Scholars in Arts & Sciences

Scholarship support allows some of the best students in the world to attend Washington University.

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Our Priorities

The Annual Fund for Arts & Sciences is more than a source of vital resources; it is an investment in the future. Unrestricted, annual gifts support all aspects of Arts & Sciences, from the student experience and financial aid to department funding and research. Your generosity provides current, expendable income to help launch new academic programs and create exciting new educational opportunities, as well as makes every aspect of Washington University - teaching, research, learning, and community engagement - possible. For more information about the Arts & Sciences Annual Fund, please contact Leslie Rigsby, Director of Development, at 314-935-3879.

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Our overarching goal in Arts & Sciences is to ensure that our students’ educational experiences are of the highest quality, and that the faculty has every tool needed for outstanding teaching and research. Achieving this goal not only depends on financial resources, but also hinges on the spaces in which we work. The renovation of our existing gems and the construction of new facilities ensure that the built environment will continue to serve the needs of a vital, world-class teaching and research university, while maintaining one of the loveliest campuses in the country. For more information about making a gift to support the facilities that Arts & Sciences students and faculty call home now and into the future, please contact Senior Director of Development Deborah Stine at 314-935-7377.

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Gifts that strengthen our faculty will strengthen every aspect of the faculty mission: teaching, research, and mentorship—great teachers help students achieve subject matter expertise, quality research enhances the reputation of Washington University and Arts & Sciences, and strong mentorship prepares undergraduates and graduate students to become the leaders of tomorrow. Please contact Senior Director of Development Deborah Stine at 314-935-7377 to discuss how your gift can impact faculty support.

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Your support helps prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Today, nearly half of all Arts & Sciences undergraduate students and nearly all of our graduate students receive some sort of financial aid, which makes their attendance possible. The goal of Scholars in Arts & Sciences is to bridge the gap for those students whose family situations might otherwise put Washington University out of reach. To learn how you can make a difference, please contact Senior Associate Director of Development Julianne Smutz at 314-935-5148.

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Increase Your Impact

Newman’s Own Foundation and A. E. Hotchner Matching Challenge for Arts & Sciences

In 1980, Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner, AB ’40, JD ’40, filled empty wine bottles with homemade salad dressing to give as holiday gifts. They eventually decided to sell the dressing commercially, and first-year profits reached $300,000. Mr. Newman famously said, “Let’s give it all away to those who need it.” Newman's Own Foundation and A. E. Hotchner have established a challenge with 2:1 matches for new and increased gifts and multi-year commitments or 1:1 matches for renewed gifts to Arts & Sciences Annual Fund, Arts & Sciences annual scholarships, or University Libraries Annual Fund. The challenge will provide matching gifts up to $200,000.

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Every gift to Arts & Sciences provides a financial backing to the more than forty departments, programs, and concentrations that provide majors and minors to our students, as well as the research centers and programmatic efforts that provide a strong range of experience for our students and multi-disciplinary research opportunities for our faculty.

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"With much pride, every year we are loyal partners of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society. Our support helps provide Arts and Sciences with the funds for scholarships, faculty teaching and research, technology, and many other areas to keep our Washington University a premier learning environment."

―Barb Bindler, AB ’65 & Dan Bindler, BS ’65Barb is the Chair of the Arts & Sciences Eliot Society Committee