Love to write? The Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarships are designed for students with a true dedication to writing and exceptional writing talent. Scholars participate in a series of educational experiences designed to meet the needs and interests of writers, including enrollment in the Howard Nemerov Writing Seminar, submission of their work to campus publications, attendance at and participation in writing-related social activities, and a commitment to earn a minor in English writing.

Up to 10 $3,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarships are renewable annually, as long as you are making satisfactory progress toward a degree.


Students who apply to the College of Arts & Sciences may apply for the Nemerov Writing Scholars Program. A separate application is required.

Nemerov 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. 

Notification for Finalists

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

To apply for the Howard Nemerov Writing Scholars Program:

  • Submit an application for admission to the Class of 2025.
  • Log in to your WashU Pathway account to submit the separate application for the Nemerov Writing Scholars Program.
  • Submit a writing portfolio (two samples of your creative writing, preferably in different genres)


All applications must be submitted by January 4, 2021.