Scholarship Support

The scholarship program has been a Washington University tradition since 1872, and its importance has never been more vital. In the past year, alumni and friends have provided 192 named scholarships for students at the Sam Fox School.

For many of those students, scholarships have paved the way to pursue dreams that may not otherwise have been feasible. Below you can read some of the stories of students who have been helped by scholarship support, as well as alumni and friends of the Sam Fox School who have committed themselves to providing that support.

Scholarship Spotlight: Sam Fox Ambassadors


Sam and Marilyn Fox (center) meet with students in 2016. Photo: Whitney Curtis/Washington University.

Since its founding in 2006, the Sam Fox School has established a national reputation for addressing critical social and environmental challenges. Innovative programs, curricula and collaborative initiatives have driven substantial growth in graduate enrollment and in the School’s campus footprint—both of which have roughly doubled in size. Now the School is launching a new scholarship program designed to enhance recruitment and interdisciplinary exchange across its graduate degree programs.

The Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program, which will welcome its inaugural class in fall 2020, will provide full-tuition waivers and accompanying travel stipends, as well as unique academic and professional opportunities, for 10 applicants each year, across the following graduate degree programs: Master of Architecture, Master of Fine Arts in Illustration & Visual Culture, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design. The program was founded by and named in honor of the Honorable Sam Fox, BSBA51, and is supported by the Sam and Marilyn Fox Foundation. “Over the last two decades, Sam and his wife, Marilyn, have made extraordinary commitments to undergraduate scholarships,” said Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School. “They are now building on that generosity with a major gift to strengthen graduate recruitment. The Ambassadors program will support top art and architecture students from across the United States while also enabling us to expand international recruitment efforts. Learn more>>

Scholarship Spotlight: Sandy Brennan Student Travel Fund

Susan Morgan’s affinity for WashU began long before she set foot on campus as an undergraduate. As a high school student enrolled in the Architecture Discovery Program, she discovered a community that became her lifelong friends, mentors, and colleagues. It also was where she met her architecture “mother,” Sandy Brennan, in whose memory she has dedicated her planned gift. "My four years in undergraduate school really shaped me, so a commitment to undergraduate traveling fellowship resonates with me deeply, both from the travel aspect as well as the undergraduate aspect,” said Morgan, who earned a BS in Architecture in 2001. Pictured at right, former Sam Fox School staff member Sandy Brennan with Susan Morgan. Full story>>