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Nomination for the Undergraduate Danforth Scholars Program

Honoring and Helping Outstanding Students

Our Danforth Scholars Program honors students who embrace high ideals and whose life choices are guided by personal integrity, selflessness, a commitment to community, and a dedication to leadership and academic excellence. This scholarship provides full or partial tuition.

Named in honor of William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth, the chancellor and first lady of Washington University from 1971 to 1995, this program pays tribute to this couple’s exemplary leadership and service.

Since the program’s inception in 1998, more than 47,000 students have been nominated from thousands of high schools across the United States and around the world; nearly 700 have been selected as Danforth finalists.

We are proud to announce that 19 members of our incoming Class of 2021 are Danforth Scholars. These outstanding scholars were selected from nearly 2,000 nominations. We encourage you to submit your nominations for Danforth Scholars for the Class of 2022, who will be entering in August 2018.

The Danforth Scholarship

Danforth Scholars may receive full- or partial-tuition scholarships, renewed each year provided they progress academically and uphold their high standards of character.

This program is open to prospective undergraduate and graduate students applying to Washington University. The selection process differs: Undergraduates must be nominated to receive consideration, while all students admitted to graduate study are automatically considered for a graduate Danforth Scholarship.

Though this program is based on merit, we do consider need as part of the award process.

Undergraduate Program

The Danforth Scholars Selection Committee, composed of university faculty and friends, considers all nominations individually and in detail. To be considered for this prestigious award, individuals who have substantive knowledge of the student’s accomplishments and goals must nominate the student by November 15, 2017. Your nomination for each student should include a letter of nomination.

The committee is interested not only in your nominee’s outstanding academic performance, but also activities that illustrate the nominee’s exceptional commitment to community service, high moral character, and similar qualities that exemplify the Danforths’ legacy here at Washington University. Specific examples of demonstrated leadership in service, academic, and personal achievements that set this student apart from his or her peers are helpful.

After the committee receives your nomination(s), we invite the student(s) to apply to the Danforth Scholars Program. Up to 40 applicants will be selected as finalists and invited to campus March 22–25, 2018, for a required interview weekend. Multiple full- and partial-tuition scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students.

Deadline for us to receive your nomination form and letter of nomination: November 15, 2017.

You are welcome to submit more than one nomination.

Application Process for the Undergraduate Program

When a student has been nominated, the Danforth Scholars Selection Committee will notify the student of his or her nomination and provide instructions for completing the application.

To be considered for a scholarship, the student must first submit the application for undergraduate admission to the Class of 2022, including essay, recommendations, transcript, and SAT or ACT scores by January 2, 2018. The student must also submit the application, short answers, and essay to the committee by 5:00 p.m. Central time on January 5, 2018.

Students whose primary language is not English must submit TOEFL/IELTS scores by the same date as the application for admission.

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