University Advancement 

​A Legacy of Community Service Celebrated

​James E. McLeod Scholars honored at the chancellor’s residence

McLeod Scholars
Shown left to right: Mauricio Pimentel, BU17; Imani Paul, EN17; Ellen Kaushansky, BU16; Ella Young FA17; Sara McLeod, daughter of the late Dean McLeod; Clara McLeod, wife of Dean McLeod; Eddie King, LA15; Vivian Zhu, LA15; Makai Mann, EN16; Ana Solorio, EN14; Dylan Simonsen, LA14; Michele Hall, LA14
April 2014

Since the inception of the McLeod Scholarship Fund, in 2009, more than 2,000 students, faculty, alumni, and friends have made commitments and contributions totaling more than $9 million in honor of the late James Earl McLeod, vice chancellor for students and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Recently, Chancellor and Mrs. Mark S. Wrighton hosted a luncheon honoring the 12 current McLeod Scholars.

McLeod, who passed away in 2011, had an extraordinary impact during his 35-year career at Washington University, where his wisdom, compassion, and encouragement benefited generations of students. McLeod Scholars exemplify the qualities of McLeod—academic achievement, commitment to serving others, leadership potential, and character.

McLeod was often recognized for his service-oriented contributions to Washington University. In 1991, he received the Distinguished Faculty Award at WUSTL’s Founders Day. In 2007, he and Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth received the Rosa L. Parks Award for Meritorious Service to the Community. Established by the university’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee, the award is presented to someone closely affiliated with Washington University who “exhibits the same character, conscience and courage of Mrs. Rosa L. Parks, who has given a lifetime of service to the community, whose efforts have had impact far beyond the immediate circumstance, and who has served without striving for personal gain.” In 2010, McLeod received WUSTL’s Search Award, which is given annually to an outstanding member of the university community by the Eliot Society.

Among McLeod’s most enduring contributions to Washington University was the Ervin Scholars Program, which he founded in 1987 to attract extraordinary students to WUSTL, foster diversity on campus, and pay tribute to the institution’s first African-American dean, John B. Ervin, PhD.

Current McLeod Scholars have carried forth his legacy by performing service such as tutoring local high school students and participating in Relay For Life, Teach ESL, and the university’s Dance Marathon. This May, the inaugural class of McLeod Scholars will graduate. Below is a complete list of McLeod Scholars and their areas of study.

To contribute to the James E. McLeod Scholarship Fund, complete our secure giving form, selecting “McLeod Scholars” from the Special Programs drop-down menu.

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