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Arthur Holly Compton I Fellowships in the physical sciences and mathematics

Arthur Holly Compton II Fellowships in the biological sciences and chemistry

George E. Mylonas Scholarships in the humanities

Arnold J. Lien Scholarships in the social and behavioral sciences


Each year the College of Arts and Sciences awards up to l2 academic scholarships to incoming freshmen in honor of distinguished teachers and scholars. The scholarships are separated into four areas of interest: (i) physical sciences and mathematics, (ii) biological sciences and chemistry, (iii) humanities, and (iv) social and behavioral sciences.

The students who are selected as Honorary Scholars receive an award of full tuition and an annual $l,000 stipend. All scholarships are awarded for each of the four years of study, as long as the Scholar is making satisfactory progress toward the Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition to the l2 Honorary Scholars, 24 scholarship applicants are named College Scholars and awarded four-year, half-tuition scholarships.

Washington University is committed to providing our Compton, Mylonas, and Lien Honorary Scholars with an exceptional academic experience. We work with each Scholar to create an academic program tailored to suit his or her particular interests, whether he or she will be combining studies in biology and ethics or spending a semester abroad. At the same time, the Honorary Scholars Program ensures that students are introduced to the variety of academic interests represented by our diverse faculty.

During their four years here, Compton, Mylonas, and Lien Honorary Scholars contribute immeasurably to our community. Their energy, intellect, curiosity, and love of learning affect all of us at Washington University.

Since l972, more than 200 students have completed their undergraduate study in the College of Arts and Sciences through the Honorary Scholars Program. Many of these students go on to win national scholarships and prizes. Last year alone, our Scholars earned one National Science Foundation Fellowship, one Fulbright Research Fellowship, one Andrew Mellon Fellowship, and two Barry M. Goldwater Fellowships. A recent survey of former Scholars found that 80 percent of those who responded had either completed or enrolled in graduate or professional degree programs.


High school seniors who possess outstanding academic records, rank high in their class, and score in the upper ranges on the SAT I and/or ACT are encouraged to apply to the Honorary Scholars Program. In mid-March, finalists in each of the four areas will be invited to the University for personal interviews with a faculty committee. Washington University will pay all expenses.

Entering freshmen who apply for the Arthur Holly Compton Fellowships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, earth and planetary sciences, environmental studies, mathematics, or physics. Several Compton finalists will be selected; of those, six will be named Honorary Scholars.

Entering freshmen who apply for the George E. Mylonas Scholarships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in archaeology, art history, Asian and Near Eastern languages and literatures, classics, comparative literature, English, German, history, Jewish and Near Eastern studies, linguistic studies, literature and history, medieval and renaissance studies, music, performing arts, philosophy, religious studies, Romance languages and literatures, Russian, or women’s studies. Several Mylonas finalists will be selected; of those, three will be named Honorary Scholars.

Entering freshmen who apply for the Arnold J. Lien Scholarships plan to pursue undergraduate majors in African and Afro-American studies, anthropology, East Asian studies, economics, education, European studies, Latin American studies, political science, psychology, or social thought and analysis. Several Lien finalists will be invited to be interviewed by faculty; from this group the Honorary Scholars will be selected.

Application Requirements:

Submit an Application for Admission to the Class of 2002 to the Admissions Office. Honorary Scholars Program applicants must also submit:

• a separate application for the Honorary Scholars Program in the College of Arts and Sciences

• an original essay

• two letters of recommendation from teachers

• an official high school transcript

The scholarship materials must be sent to the College of Arts and Sciences postmarked by January l5, l998. Students will be contacted with results in mid-March.

If you have specific questions or concerns about your scholarship application, you may contact the Director of the Honorary Scholars Program, College of Arts and Sciences, (3l4) 935-6800.