WashU joins Kessler Scholars National Collaborative

WashU has launched a Kessler Scholars Program to enroll and support up to 20 first-generation college and limited-income students each year who want to improve society using their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.

“At WashU, we’ve developed a number of programs and policies to remove the barriers between first-generation and limited-income students and a Washington University education. But there is more to do and more to learn. Being a member of Kessler Scholars National Collaborative will help us learn from our peers and develop practices that benefit all of our students.” Chancellor Andrew D. Martin

WashU, recently selected to join the Kessler Scholars National Collaborative, has launched a Kessler Scholars Program to enroll and support up to 20 first-generation college and limited-income students each year who want to improve society using their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees. Through support in areas, including academics and social engagement, as well as career development, scholars will benefit from an integrated student experience as they progress through their academic and personal journeys.

Kessler Scholars will receive:

  • Financial aid awards that meet 100% of the student’s demonstrated need
  • Zero loans for students who are Pell-eligible or come from families with an annual income of $75,000 or less
  • Waived $1,550 summer earnings expectation, (most financial aid packages include an expectation that the student will contribute $1,550 of their own summer earnings toward the cost of education. This expectation is waived for Kessler Scholars.)
  • $1,500 in start-up grant funds to aid in the transition to college and to help cover expenses associated with necessary school items
  • A first-year technology grant that will cover the cost of a laptop computer purchased through the campus bookstore
  • Full funding to participate in a pre-orientation program
  • Up to two $5,000 grants to support summer research, internships or study abroad experiences after the completion of the first year
  • Special access to advising support, career development programming, and close association with the Gephardt Center for Community Engagement

No additional application is required. Students will be considered based on their application for admission and financial eligibility.