​Ways to Support

​Making a Scholarship Gift

​You can make an investment in the potential of a deserving student at Washington University in different ways:
  • Outright gifts of cash for annual or endowed gifts; appreciated securities, real estate;
  • Pledges, which may be paid in installments over a maximum of five years;
  • Gifts made through wills, trusts, and beneficiary designations on retirement plans, insurance, etc.;
  • Life income plans (gift annuities, deferred payment gift annuities, charitable remainder unitrusts, or charitable remainder annuity trusts) and charitable lead trusts; and
  • Gifts such as closely held stock, a family business, or other personal property (e.g., collectibles).
  • Make your gift now

Contact us for more information
Washington University offers a variety of giving strategies that may enable you to begin or increase your scholarship support and complement your financial and estate plan. Call the Washington University Office of Planned Giving for more information at: (800) 835-3503 / (314) 935-5373 or plannedgiving@wustl.edu.

Annual Named Scholarships

The Annual Scholarship Program offers donors the opportunity to sponsor a named scholarship on an annual basis. You may name your scholarship in honor of yourself, a friend, or a family member, or in memory of a loved one. We encourage you to establish a scholarship by making a multi-year commitment, or you may choose to renew your gift each year.​ An annual named scholarship for a student at Washington University can be funded with gifts ranging from $50,000 to $5,000. 
Young Alumni Scholarship Gift—Undergraduate alumni who have graduated in the past five years and graduate and professional alumni ages 35 or younger who have graduated in the past five years may establish a named annual scholarship with a gift of $2,500.

Endowed Scholarships

The goal of an endowment gift is to ensure that resources for scholarships will always be available. A portion of the earnings is reinvested each year to help the principal grow and provide an ever-increasing income.​ Alumni and friends establish endowed scholarships at Washington University for any number of reasons. Some are grateful for the scholarships they received as students. Some wish to honor family members. Some choose to recognize a professor who inspired them to reach a little higher. Some simply want to say "Thank you!" because they have seen firsthand how the university has changed lives—in many cases their own.

Endowed scholarships funded by alumni and friends help to ensure that Washington University's doors remain open to all talented students, regardless of their finances. They are permanent investments not only in the future of this university, but in the future of society. You can help build on those investments by establishing an endowed scholarship with a gift of:
​Benefactor's Endowed Scholarship Support for Undergraduate or Graduate Students
​$500,000 ​Founder's Endowed Scholarship Support for Undergraduate or Graduate Students
​$250,000 ​Sustaining Endowed Scholarship Support for Undergraduate or Graduate Students
​$100,000 ​Endowed Scholarship Support for Undergraduate or Graduate Students


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