Danforth Scholars Program-Wash U in St. Louis

To be nominated, please come by Counseling Service's waiting area and pickup instructions and a nomination form to give to your nominator. Have your nominator complete the form and attach a letter of nomination, as specified in the instructions prior to the 11/15/2017 deadline. Be sure to give your nominator time to complete the paperwork!

  • Danforth Scholars receive full- or partial-tuition scholarships renewed each year provided that scholars progress academically and uphold high standards of character.

The Danforth Scholars Program honors the student who embraces high ideals, whose life choices are guided by personal integrity, selflessness, a commitment to community, and a dedication to leadership and academic excellence.

Named in honor of William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth, the former Chancellor and First Lady of Washington University from 1971 to 1995, the program is a tribute to their exemplary leadership and service. The program is funded by friends of the Danforths.

Since the program's inception, nearly 45,000 students have been nominated and from that group, approximately 650 have been named as Danforth finalists. These finalists have been selected from schools across the United States and around the world.

The Scholarship

Danforth Scholars may receive full- or partial-tuition scholarships. The scholarship is renewed each year for the duration of the degree program, provided the scholar progresses academically and upholds the high standards of character required of scholars.

The Program is open to prospective graduate or undergraduate students applying to Washington University. Undergraduates must be nominated to receive consideration.All students admitted to graduate study at Washington University will be automatically considered for a graduate Danforth Scholarship. This is a merit-based program, but need will be considered as part of the award process.

Nomination and Selection for the Undergraduate Program

The Danforth Scholars Selection Committee, composed of university faculty and friends, will consider all nominations individually and in detail. To be considered for this prestigious award, a student must be nominated by an individual who has substantive knowledge of the student's accomplishments and goals. In addition to outstanding academic performance, the committee is interested in activities that illustrate the candidate's exceptional commitment to community service, high moral character, and similar qualities that exemplify the Danforths' legacy at Washington University. The selection committee finds it helpful to learn of specific examples of leadership, academic, and personal achievements that set this student apart from his or her peers.

Each summer a call for nominations goes out to high school guidance counselors. There is no limit to the number of nominations. Nominations are due by November 15.

Upon the committee's receipt of the nomination, the student will be invited to apply to the Danforth Scholars Program. Up to 40 applicants will be selected as finalists and will be invited to campus for a required interview weekend. As many as four full-tuition and a number of partial-tuition scholarships will be awarded.

Once here, students selected as Danforth Scholars are expected to participate in program activities and to inspire others with their dedication to community and academic life.