The Enterprise Holdings Scholars Program was established at Washington University thanks to a generous donation from Enterprise Holdings. The Enterprise Scholars Program makes it possible for a minimum of 30 to 40 deserving students each year to have an exceptional educational experience at Washington University.
Enterprise Holdings Scholars
Each year, some of the Enterprise scholarships are awarded to students selected on criteria established for the University’s John B. Ervin Scholars Program. The Ervin Scholars Program, named in memory of the University’s first African-American dean, administers scholarships to exceptional students based on academic merit, leadership, and commitment to community service. The program, which is open to all qualified applicants, regardless of race, is also intended to help expand the diversity of the University’s student body.
The remaining Enterprise scholarships support talented students who require financial assistance to attend Washington University.
In addition, approximately 10 percent of the Enterprise Holdings scholarships each year are reserved for high school graduates and community college transfer students from the St. Louis area.
Ervin Scholars Program: Talented students who apply for freshman admission to Washington University and who apply to the Ervin Scholars Program are also considered for the Enterprise Holdings Scholars Program. The Enterprise support makes it possible for these students to experience an outstanding Washington University education.
Students who require financial assistance: In addition, each year a group of talented students who apply for undergraduate admission to Washington University and who apply—and are eligible—for financial assistance are named Enterprise Holdings Scholars.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Students do not need to apply separately for the Enterprise Scholars Program, but they do need to apply for undergraduate admission to Washington University. If applicable, they need to apply to the John B. Ervin Scholars Program as well. Students who will require financial assistance should note that on the admission application and will receive information on how to apply for financial assistance and academic scholarships.
Founded in 1957, Enterprise Holdings, formerly Enterprise Rent-A-Car, has more than 7,000 offices located throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and Ireland. Enterprise is the largest rental car company in North America and was ranked number 21 on the Forbes’ “500 Largest Private Companies in America” list. BusinessWeek magazine named Enterprise one of the “50 Best Places to Launch a Career.” Black Collegian magazine has ranked Enterprise as the largest recruiter of college graduates among the country’s Top 100 Employers.
Andrew C. Taylor, chairman and chief executive of Enterprise Holdings, is a Washington University Trustee. Jack C. Taylor, the founder of Enterprise Holdings, attended Washington University and is an Emeritus Trustee of the University.
The Taylor family initiated the $25 million scholarship gift—the largest to date for undergraduate scholarships—to support “a world-class university located in Enterprise’s hometown of St. Louis.” The gift endows a permanent Enterprise Holdings Scholarship Fund.