The Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship (originally named the Women’s Society Scholarship) is a two-year, full-tuition scholarship awarded annually to students graduating from St. Louis Community College and transferring to Washington University in St. Louis.


This scholarship program came into existence in response to Chancellor Thomas H. Eliot’s request to fund an annual scholarship for St. Louis Community College transfer students.

It is named in honor of Elizabeth Gray Danforth as an expression of gratitude and admiration for her service as first lady of Washington University for 24 years. She was wife, mother, community volunteer and valued partner of William H. Danforth, the university’s chancellor emeritus. Mrs. Danforth was an enthusiastic supporter of Washington University until her death in 2005.

Students who complete 60 transferable credit hours from St. Louis Community College by the end of spring semester as well as apply and are admitted to Washington University are automatically considered for this unique, competitive scholarship. To meet the deadline for consideration, an undergraduate application must be submitted by March 1.

Selection Process

Applicants selected as finalists will be notified and asked to interview on campus in early April. The scholarship selection committee, which includes representatives from the university and the Women’s Society, will interview and select the scholarship recipients based on the following criteria:

  • Level of commitment to academic achievement
  • Enthusiasm for learning
  • Clarity of goals – short and long-term
  • Potential for leadership
  • Dedication to community service

Read the scholarship brochure (.pdf).

Contact information

Any student interested in transferring to Washington University in St. Louis may refer questions to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1089
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130-4899

Phone: 1 (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-6000