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.

These scholarships do not require a separate application process. Once you have completed the supplemental question, part of the application for admission, you will be considered for the appropriate scholarship for the division to which you are applying. Applicants should review the application instructions below for important details about the selection process.

Finalists are notified in mid-February. We will conduct virtual interviews with finalists in March 2021. Finalists must attend the virtual interview to remain eligible.

Scholarship winners are notified after the interview 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 toward their degree.

Application instructions from each academic division

As you write your supplemental essay, you should keep in mind that it will be used by the scholarship committees to select awardees. Therefore, you may wish to craft your response within an academic framework. We hope your essay tells us about something that really sparks your intellectual interest and curiosity, and compels you to explore more in the program/area of study that you indicated.

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.

Up to four full-tuition fellowship with $1,000 stipends in physical sciences and mathematics

Up to four full-tuition fellowships with $1,000 stipends in humanities

Up to four full-tuition fellowships with $1,000 stipends in biological sciences and chemistry

Up to four full-tuition fellowships with $1,000 stipends in social sciences

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.

One full-tuition scholarship and up to five $10,000 scholarships

One full-tuition scholarship and up to five $10,000 scholarships

Olin Business School

No separate application is required. The faculty are eager to learn about you from your application for admission.

One or more full-tuition scholarships and up to five partial-tuition scholarships

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.

Up to 10 full-tuition fellowships

Up to eight $5,000 research awards