The Enterprise Holdings Scholars Program was established at Washington University thanks to a generous donation from Enterprise Holdings and the Taylor family. The Enterprise Scholars Program makes it possible for approximately 60 to 80 deserving students each year to have an exceptional educational experience at WashU.
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 first-year 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.
About Enterprise Holdings
Enterprise Holdings and its affiliate Enterprise Fleet Management together offer a total transportation solution, including extensive car sharing services, truck rental, corporate fleet management, and retail car sales. Combined, these businesses accounted for $17.8 billion in revenue, employed 83,000 and operated 1.5 million vehicles throughout the fiscal year 2014.
Enterprise Holdings currently is ranked as one of America's largest private companies. Furthermore, if it were publicly traded, Enterprise Holdings would rank on Fortune's list of the 500 largest American public companies. Enterprise Holdings not only accounts for the largest airport market share in the U.S., but its domestic rental fleet is also one of the newest in the industry. The companies' affiliate, Enterprise Fleet Management, provides full-service fleet management to companies and organizations with medium-sized fleets. Other transportation services marketed under the Enterprise brand name include Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Rideshare, Enterprise Car Sales, Enterprise Truck Rental, and Zimride by Enterprise. For more information about Enterprise Holdings, visit
Andrew C. Taylor, executive chairman of Enterprise Holdings, is a Washington University trustee. His father, Jack C. Taylor, who founded Enterprise in 1957, attended Washington University and is an emeritus trustee of the university. The Taylor family initiated a $25-million scholarship gift in 2001—which at the time was the largest to date for undergraduate scholarships—to support "a world-class university located in Enterprise's hometown of St. Louis."
Jack C. Taylor gave Washington University an additional $25 million in March 2011 for undergraduate scholarships on behalf of the company. The gift has been added to the existing endowed scholarship fund that Enterprise Holdings established in 2001.