Scholars in Arts & Sciences

Your scholarship support helps prepare the leaders of tomorrow.

The Scholars in Arts & Sciences effort began in the fall of 1985 with the support of twenty farsighted friends, and by 2008 that number had grown to several hundred. Still, the need was great.

The 2009 announcement of Opening Doors to the Future: The Scholarship Initiative for Washington University Arts & Sciences began a five-year effort to raise $33 million to support undergraduate and graduate students in Arts & Sciences. As part of Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University, the Arts & Scieinces scholarship program raised an astonishing $93 million, far exceeding our original $66 million goal.

Our success so far is a testament to the generosity of our alumni and friends, and the efforts of dozens of volunteers around the nation. The Arts & Sciences Scholarship Program now houses 527 scholarships, supporting 643 exceptional students.

Scholarship support allows some of the best students in the world to attend Washington University. By helping students prepare for their future careers through your gift of a scholarship, you make an investment that will benefit society for generations to come.

For more information, contact Associate Director of Advancement Daphney Bitanga at 314-935-3609.

Scholars in Arts & Sciences 2020

In 2020 the annual Scholars in Arts & Sciences event was held virtually. The event featured remarks from scholarship recipients, donors, and WashU leaders.

The Importance of Paying It Forward

At the Scholars in Arts & Sciences dinner, Nicole Kaplan, AB '92, shared her personal story of being a scholarship recipient, and the importance of paying it forward to support generations to come.

A Thank You from Our Scholars

Thank You from Andrea Lin

“I would like to thank you for supporting my education. My experience at WashU has allowed me to meet a variety of interesting people, hear many new ideas, and explore a new city. My scholarship allows me to reach beyond home to pursue opportunities in the medical field as well as gain perspective on the different cultures from around the world.”

Support a Scholar Today

Ways to Make a Scholarship Gift

You can make a gift to fund scholarships in a way that matches your own interests and situations:

  • Gifts of any amount can be made to the Arts & Sciences General Scholarship Fund.
  • Young alumni, who have graduated within the last five years and who are below the age of 35, can establish an annual named scholarship with a gift of $2,500.
  • Annual named scholarships can be created with a gift of $5,000.
  • Endowed named scholarships can be created with a gift of $100,000 paid over up to five years.
  • Planned gifts, such as annuities and estate commitments, allow donors to create a legacy and make a gift that extends beyond their dreams and beyond their lifetimes.

Named scholarships provide a way to honor family members, friends, faculty, or create a personal legacy; these awards can be selected for students with specific majors or from regions around the nation. Donors have the opportunity to meet their student scholars at the Scholars in Arts & Sciences Annual Dinner.

To discuss a scholarship gift, please contact Associate Director of Advancement Daphney Bitanga at 314-935-3609.

2020 Scholars in Arts & Sciences

Three students tell their story.

"I live by the words 'be the change you wish to see in the world.' I try to live with kindness, respect, and honesty. I try to be my best self and help others along the way. To my sponsor, I would like to say that were it not for you living by those same principles, I would not be where I am today. I wouldn’t have the life, the friends, the aspirations, nor the access to not only an institution, but an entirely different and incredibly amazing future. To say Thank You will never be enough, but it will have to do for now. I hope, one day in the future, to be able to do the same for another young person like me.”

―Ro BakerPictured with Scholarship Donor Deborah Kotzubei