Scholarships & Financial Aid

First-Year Student Academic Scholarship & Fellowship Programs

Washington University is committed to helping talented students who show exceptional academic performance and outstanding promise.​ The academic scholarship and fellowship programs offer financial assistance based primarily on academic achievement. These awards are bestowed through special competitions, and applications are separate from the application for admission.

Scholarship and fellowship recipients generally score in the top ranges on the SATs and ACTs. Most are in the top 10 percent of their classes in high school and have followed an extremely rigorous curriculum.

Once you have applied for admission, you may apply for the academic scholarships and fellowships that match your academic and extracurricular achievements. All five undergraduate divisions - the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Architecture, College of Art, Olin Business School, and School of Engineering & Applied Science - sponsor scholarships and fellowships for exceptional students. We also encourage you to apply for university-wide scholarship programs.

​​​​​Scholarship Application Process:

  1. Submit your Common Application or Coalition Application
  2. Activate your WashU Pathway account. The account will be available one to two business days after you submit your application.
  3. Submit scholarship applications through the WashU Pathway by 5:00 p.m. Central time on January 15, 2017.


Name of Scholarship or Fellowship​

​Application/Extra Recommendations Needed?

​​School-Specific Scholarships

​Arts & Sciences

Honorary Scholars Program ​Application Required
​Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program ​Application plus writing portfolio required


James W. Fitzgibbon Scholarships ​Application plus portfolio required


Conway/Proetz Scholarships ​All applicants to the College of Art who submit digital portfolios by January 15 are automatically considered for this scholarship. There is no separate application.


​Distinguished Scholars ​Application Required

​Engineering ​

Alexander S. Langsdorf Fellowships ​Application Required
James M. McKelvey Undergraduate Research Award ​Application Required

​University-Wide Scholarships

​All Schools:
You may apply for as many of these as you wish.

Annika Rodriguez Scholars Program ​Application Required
John B. Ervin Scholars Program ​Application and community member recommendation required
Entrepreneurial Scholars Program ​Application Required

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