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First-Year Academic Scholarships

Each undergraduate division at Washington University provides a number of four-year scholarships that range up to the full cost of tuition. Students are selected as finalists for these Academic Scholarships based on a review of the admissions application with particular attention on the WashU supplemental essay.

Each student who completes an application for admission by the completion deadline will be considered for the scholarship in the division indicated on the application. For best consideration, we encourage you to submit your application by December 15, 2019.

Finalists are notified in mid-February and invited to campus for our Scholarship Weekend, March 26-29, 2020. The university will pay for finalists’ round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses in St. Louis during this visit. To remain eligible, finalists must attend these activities. Each committee prepares special activities and events that allow them to get to know the finalists and that allow the finalists to interact with our current scholars, faculty, staff, and each other.

After the weekend, scholarship winners are notified and receive access to their WashU financial assistance award which includes the scholarship value. Scholarships renew for four years as long as students are making satisfactory academic progress.

Following are specific instructions from each academic division regarding the review and selection process and what they look for as they select finalists.

  • College of Arts & Sciences
    No separate application is required. Faculty members will screen your admission application and select a group of semi-finalists. If you are selected as a semi-finalist, the faculty committee may request that you submit additional information to enable the committee to make final decisions.
  • College of Architecture and College of Art, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
    No separate application is required for either the Fitzgibbon or the Conway/Proetz, although you must submit a portfolio of your work to be considered. In addition, for best consideration, please use your WashU supplemental essay to discuss how you became interested in Art or Architecture specifically noting any relevant experience or activities.
  • Olin Business School
    No separate application is required. The faculty are eager to learn about you from your application for admission.
  • McKelvey School of Engineering
    No separate application is required, however, for best consideration, please use your WashU supplemental essay to describe how the idea, book, project, activity, research innovation, question, or other pursuit that sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity compels you to study engineering or computer science.


Signature Scholar Programs

The university’s signature merit-based scholars programs, housed within the Office of Scholars Programs (OSP), bring together members from each of the academic divisions to create unique academic and cultural communities in which to share, learn, challenge, make friends, exchange views and ideas about what is possible in a global environment.

Separate applications are required for these programs, which are available through the WashU Pathway. You must submit your application for admission to gain access to the WashU Pathway. For best consideration for the Signature Scholar Programs, we encourage you to submit your application by December 15, 2019. (Complete applications will be accepted until January 6, 2020.)

All complete scholarship applications are reviewed by committees, which will select a group of finalists. WashU will invite finalists to campus for Scholar Weekend, March 26–29, 2020. The university will pay for finalists’ round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses in St. Louis during this visit. To remain eligible, finalists must attend these activities. Each committee prepares special activities and events that allow them to get to know the finalists and that allow the finalists to interact with our current scholars, faculty, staff, and each other.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Separate applications are required for these programs, which are available through the WashU Pathway.


Other Scholarships

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