Scholarships

Scholarships assistance is awarded by the Graduate Scholarship Committee of the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design to applicants for financial aid. During the 2015-16 academic year, 95 percent of graduate students received a financial aid award.

Total scholarship award amounts are based on a combination of need (determined by the financial aid application) and merit (determined by the admission application). Tuition Remission Scholarships account for the majority of total aid and are offered to students from all areas and backgrounds.

Notable awards offered by the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design include:

Sam Fox School Full-Tuition Award
Each year, the Graduate Admissions Committee selects one member of the incoming class in each program (MArch, MLA, MUD) as the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship for the duration of their degree program. Selection is made on the basis of academic record, strength of portfolio, and professional promise.

Danforth Scholars Program
Each year, the Graduate Admissions Committee will select one member of the incoming class to participate in the University's Danforth Scholars Program. This is a merit-based award, recognizing potential for University contributions and early professional promise among a University-wide selection of scholars. The award is equal to 75 percent of tuition.

Asian Scholarship Fund
Due to the generosity of Sam Fox School alumni donors, a merit-based scholarship is available for selected graduate students applying from Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

Honorary Scholarships
Every year the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design acknowledges outstanding academic performance by awarding more than 30 returning students with an honorary scholarship. These scholarships are supported through the generous gifts of alumni, firms, and individuals. Funding and availability vary from year to year, and nominations for awards are made by the Scholarship Committee.

University-wide Scholarships

There are a few additional, University-wide scholarship/fellowship opportunities available that require the submission of a separate application:

Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship Program
The Chancellor's Graduate Fellowship provides strong encouragement as well as generous financial support to outstanding and diverse students interested in careers as college or university professors. The deadline for completed applications and supporting documents is January 25. For more information, including an application form, click here.

Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women
A joint enterprise of the Monticello College Foundation and Washington University, the Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women provide renewable awards covering the cost of tuition for graduate study by women in a number of fields, including art. The deadline for completed applications and all supporting documents is January 25. For more information, including an application form, click here.

McDonnell International Scholars Academy
The McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University provides graduate and professional students from university partners around the world with an extraordinary educational experience. The McDonnell Academy seeks to develop a cohort of future leaders in a global university system and promote global awareness and social responsibility. To be eligible to apply, an individual must be a graduate of one of the McDonnell Academy’s university partners and must be admitted to a doctoral or master’s degree program was Washington University. The McDonnell Academy steering committee selects scholars based on outstanding academic potential and on applicants' commitment to learning about international issues and global leadership. For more information, click here or e-mail mcdonnell@wustl.edu.

Additional School-supported Scholarships

Additional scholarship opportunities that require the submission of a separate application include:

American Institute of Architects Scholarships
The St. Louis Chapter of the AIA awards several scholarships jointly through the Sam Fox School. Applicants to the graduate architecture program as well as returning graduate students may apply. These scholarships are based on academic excellence and financial need. Candidates must be United States citizens and must meet at least one of the following criteria:

1. Completion of high school in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
2. Minimum of 1 year of full-time work in the St. Louis metropolitan area.
3. Minimum of 4 years full-time residency in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Awards range from $1,500 to $12,000 for one year. Application forms may be obtained from the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design's Office of Graduate Admissions.

Ralph P. Ranft Scholarship
The AIA Scholarship Committee has made $12,000 available each year for the Ranft Scholarship, which is given to one student or split between two students. Candidates must have completed the 400 level of the Sam Fox School's architectural design sequence or received placement as new students at the 500 level or above; they must also be residents (past or present) of the St. Louis metropolitan area.

George E. Kassabaum Scholarship
The AIA Scholarship Committee has made $1,500 available each year for the Kassabaum Scholarship. Candidates must be residents (past or present) of the St. Louis metropolitan area.