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Honorary Scholars Program in Arts & Sciences

The application deadline for Academic Scholarship & Fellowship Programs for the Class of 2022 (our fall 2018 freshman class) was January 5, 2018. All scholarship materials have been sent to the faculty committees for review. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-6000 if you would like to speak with an admissions officer.

  • Four scholarship and fellowship programs, based on proposed area of study
  • Up to 16 full-tuition scholarships with $1,000 stipends.
  • Up to 16 half-tuition scholarships
  • Renewable annually, as long as the scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree
  • Applicants may apply for only one of the four scholarships: Compton, Mylonas, Moog, or Lien
  • Applicants may also apply for the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarships, Entrepreneurial Scholars Program, and Ervin and Rodriguez Scholars Program.

The College of Arts & Sciences awards academic scholarships to incoming first-year students in honor of distinguished Washington University professors and scholars. We work with each Honorary Scholar to create an academic program tailored to his or her interests, whether that includes combining studies in biology and ethics or spending a semester abroad. 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 WashU.


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

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 weekend of March 22-25, 2018. The university will pay for finalists' round-trip expenses within the United States and their expenses in St. Louis during these four days.

Arthur Holly Compton Fellowships in Physical Sciences and Mathematics (Up to 4)

Entering first-year students who apply for the Compton Fellowships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in:

  • Earth and planetary sciences
  • Environmental earth sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

George E. Mylonas Scholarships in Humanities (Up to 4)

Entering first-year students 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
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern studies
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies
  • Russian studies
  • Spanish

Florence Moog Fellowships in Biological Sciences and Chemistry (Up to 4)

Entering first-year students who apply for the Moog Fellowships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in:

  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental biology

Arnold J. Lien Scholarships in Social and Behavioral Sciences (Up to 4)

Entering first-year students 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
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy-neuroscience-psychology
  • Political science
  • Psychological and brain science
  • Sociology
  • Urban studies
  • Women, gender, and sexuality studies

To apply for the Honorary Scholars Program in Arts & Sciences:

  1. On your application for admission to the Class of 2022, select a major in the College of Arts & Sciences.
  2. Log in to your WashU Pathway account to submit an Application for Academic Scholarships and Fellowships using the link for the Honorary Scholars Program. Select the particular scholarship you seek: Compton, Mylonas, Moog, or Lien. You can choose only one of the four scholarships.
  3. Complete four short-answers:
    Write an answer, of 150 words or less, for each of the following questions:
    • In which of your accomplishments during high school do you take the greatest pride? (Choose no more than three, and be specific.)
    • Name one book that you read during the past year that you recommend. Why?
    • If you had the opportunity to have a conversation with an important figure, either contemporary or historical, whom would you choose? Why?
    • Why have you chosen to study the academic discipline associated with the scholarship program you are seeking? You may include comments about both your academic interests and your professional/career goals.
  4. Compton and Moog only:
    Complete an additional short-answer:
    • In 150 words or less, report any scores, test results, or competition results of interest. For example, tell us your scores on the AHSME and AIME exams, the results of competitions such as the physics or chemistry Olympiad, your national chess or bridge ratings, etc.
  5. Write one original essay of approximately 750 words on the topic for the scholarship program to which you are applying:
    • Compton (Mathematics, Physics, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Earth Sciences)
      Within one of the disciplines listed above, describe a scientific reading or research project in which you have recently been engaged or that you would like to undertake. (If you choose to discuss a large research project in which you participated, do so in a manner that will permit the Compton Committee to assess your own contributions.)
    • Mylonas (Humanities)
      Describe and critically evaluate a historical event; a philosophical issue of particular interest; or a literary text, musical composition, film, or work of art that has captured your attention.
    • Moog (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Biology)
      Describe a biology or chemistry reading or research project in which you have recently been engaged or that you would like to undertake. (If you choose to discuss a large research project in which you participated, do so in a manner that will permit the Moog Committee to assess your own contributions.)
    • Lien (Social and Behavioral Sciences)
      Describe and evaluate critically an issue or problem that falls within one or more of the social or behavioral sciences (African and African-American studies; American culture studies; anthropology; archaeology; economics; education; environmental policy; international and area studies; linguistics; philosophy-neuroscience-psychology; political science; psychological and brain sciences; sociology; urban studies; or women, gender, and sexuality studies)
  6. If you have research experience at a university or other recognized research program, you are strongly encouraged to ask a professor or other research mentor to write a recommendation based on your research experience and submit it as an optional recommendation through the Common Application or Coalition Application.

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