The College of Arts & Sciences awards academic scholarships first-year students in honor of distinguished Washington University professors and scholars.

We work with each 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. These programs ensure that students are introduced to the variety of academic interests represented by our diverse faculty. During their four years here, scholars contribute immeasurably to our community. Their energy, intellect, curiosity, and love of learning affect all of us at WashU.

Arthur Holly Compton Fellowship Program

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

Florence Moog Fellowship Program

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

George E. Mylonas Scholarship Program

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

Arnold J. Lien Scholarship Program

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

Scholarships are renewable annually, as long as the scholar is making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Eligibility

Each College of Arts & Sciences applicant will be considered. No separate scholarship application is required.

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

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. 

To apply

On your application for admission to the Class of 2024, select a major in the College of Arts & Sciences.

All applications must be submitted by January 2, 2020, and complete in our office by January 6, 2020. For best consideration, we encourage you to submit your applications by December 15, 2019.

Arthur Holly Compton Fellowship Program

Entering first-year students who plan to pursue undergraduate majors in the following subjects will be considered for the Arthur Holly Compton Fellowships in Physical Sciences and Mathematics:

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

George E. Mylonas Scholarship Program

Entering first-year students who plan to pursue undergraduate majors in the following subjects will be considered for the George E. Mylonas Scholarships in Humanities:

  • Arabic
  • Art history and archaeology 
  • Chinese language and culture
  • Classics/ancient studies 
  • Comparative arts 
  • Comparative literature 
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • English literature 
  • Film and media studies 
  • French 
  • Germanic languages and literatures
  • Hebrew 
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary project in the humanities 
  • Italian 
  • Japanese language and culture
  • Jewish, Islamic and Near East studies 
  • Korean language and culture
  • Music 
  • Philosophy 
  • Religious studies 
  • Spanish

Florence Moog Fellowship Program

Entering first-year students who plan to pursue undergraduate majors in the following subjects will be considered for the Florence Moog Fellowships in Biological Sciences and Chemistry:

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

Arnold J. Lien Scholarship Program

Entering first-year students who plan to pursue undergraduate majors in the following subjects will be considered for the Arnold J. Lien Scholarships in Social and 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 science 
  • Sociology 
  • Urban studies 
  • Women, gender, and sexuality studies