“The Honorary Scholars Program in Arts & Sciences is composed of intelligent and wildly creative students. As part of this incredible group, I am exposed to all their varied pursuits, which has inspired me to consider my own interests in ways that would never have been possible otherwise.”
Mercer Island, Washington
- The Honorary Scholars Program awards up to 16 full-tuition scholarships with $1,000 stipends.
- Additional half-tuition scholarships—up to 16—are awarded to Honorary Scholars Program applicants.
- Renewable annually
- Honorary Scholars Program applicants may apply for only one of the four scholarships: Compton, Mylonas, Moog, or Lien.
- Honorary Scholars applicants may simultaneously apply for the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarships, Summer Scholars Program in Biology and Biomedical Research, Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, Ervin Scholars Program, or Rodriguez Scholars Program.
Each year, the College of Arts & Sciences awards academic scholarships to incoming freshmen in honor of distinguished Washington University teachers and scholars. Each student who is selected as a Compton, Mylonas, Moog, or Lien Honorary Scholar receives an award of full tuition and an annual $1,000 stipend. All scholarships are awarded for each of the four years of study, as long as the Scholars are making satisfactory progress toward a bachelor’s degree.
In addition, up to 16 Honorary Scholars Program scholarship applicants are named Liselotte Dieckmann Scholars and awarded four-year half-tuition scholarships.
Arthur Holly Compton Fellowships in Physical Sciences and Mathematics
Entering freshmen who apply for the Compton Fellowships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in earth and planetary sciences, environmental earth sciences, mathematics, or physics. Compton finalists will be invited to be interviewed by faculty; from this group, up to four Compton Scholars will be selected.
George E. Mylonas Scholarships in Humanities
Entering freshmen who apply for the Mylonas Scholarships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in Arabic; art history and archaeology; Chinese; classics/ancient studies; comparative arts; comparative literature; dance; drama; English; film and media studies; French; German; modern Hebrew; history; interdisciplinary project in the humanities; literature and history; Italian; Japanese; Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern studies; music; philosophy; religious studies; Russian studies; or Spanish. Mylonas finalists will be invited to be interviewed by faculty; from this group, up to four Mylonas Scholars will be selected.
Florence Moog Fellowships in Biological Sciences and Chemistry
Entering freshmen who apply for the Moog Fellowships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in biochemistry and molecular biology, biology, chemistry, or environmental biology. Moog finalists will be invited to be interviewed by faculty; from this group, up to four Moog Fellows will be selected.
Arnold J. Lien Scholarships in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Entering freshmen who apply for the Lien Scholarships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in African and African-American studies; American culture studies; anthropology; archaeology; economics; education; environmental policy; international and area studies; philosophy-neuroscience-psychology*; political economy; political science; psychology; urban studies; or women, gender, and sexuality studies. Lien finalists will be invited to be interviewed by faculty; from this group, up to four Lien Scholars will be selected.
* Philosophy-neuroscience-psychology applicants should choose the scholarship that best reflects their primary interest: Mylonas (philosophy), Moog (neuroscience), or Lien (psychology).
J. Stephen Fossett Pathfinder Fellowship in Environmental Sustainability
Applicants for the Compton or Moog Fellowships may be considered for the Fossett Pathfinder Fellowship if they are interested in environmental studies.
Honorary Scholars Program in Arts & Sciences
Washington University is committed to providing our Honorary Scholars with an exceptional academic experience. We work with each Scholar to create an academic program tailored to his or her interests, whether they include combining studies in biology and ethics or spending a semester abroad. At the same time, the Honorary Scholars Program ensures that students are introduced to the variety of academic interests represented by our diverse faculty.
During their four years here, Honorary Scholars contribute immeasurably to our community. Their energy, intellect, curiosity, and love of learning affect all of us at Washington University.
High school seniors who possess outstanding academic records, rank high in their classes, and score in the upper ranges on the SAT and/or ACT are encouraged to apply for one of the scholarships or fellowships in the Honorary Scholars Program.
On-Campus Interviews for Finalists
A faculty committee will conduct personal interviews with the finalists for the Compton, Mylonas, Moog, and Lien scholarships. To be eligible for the scholarships, finalists are required to come to Washington University for the interview and related activities. The university will pay for finalists' round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses in St. Louis during these four days.