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WashU Contract Employee Scholarship

Washington University in St. Louis is introducing a scholarship fund for basic services contract employees who work full time on its campuses. Employees are encouraged to take classes at University College, Washington University’s evening, professional, and continuing education division, with the support of this scholarship. This program will help employees earn a degree, a certificate or simply explore their interests in a stimulating academic setting. 


Basic services contract employees who work full time, as defined by their employer, on any Washington University campus. Covered university contractors are:

  • Allied Universal Security Services
  • Aramark
  • Bon Appetit
  • Catering St. Louis
  • Focal Pointe
  • Follett
  • Huntleigh Transportation
  • WFF Facility Services

University College has an open registration policy. Students with a high school diploma or the equivalent may register in University College undergraduate courses. While most University College courses are open to any qualified student, a student who wants to earn a certificate or degree must be admitted to University College as a degree candidate.

Enrollment Dates

  • Fall Course Registration: April
  • Spring Course Registration: November
  • Summer Course Registration: March

Course Offerings

Students may take classes towards an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, an undergraduate certificate or for personal enrichment on a non-degree basis. The benefit does not extend to graduate degree coursework.

Fund Availability

Washington University has committed $50,000 annually for the 2015-2019 academic years. This scholarship is available to make up the difference between the total cost of a 3-credit undergraduate University College course and any other available funding. Students will work with University College advisors to identify funding from other sources (federal, state, or University College).

Awarding of Funds

Students may be awarded up to the cost of one 3-credit undergraduate course per semester. Scholarship funds will be given to students on a first-applied, first-awarded basis upon submission of all required documentation and final approval by University College. Students admitted to certificate or degree programs will receive priority registration. Funds are limited and once they’ve been exhausted for the semester, no additional scholarships will be awarded.

Scholarship Application & Registration Process

To apply for the scholarship and register for classes:

  1. Complete the Contractor Services Scholarship Agreement form
  2. Submit a letter or email from your employer stating you are employed full-time on one of Washington University's campuses and signed Contractor Services Scholarship Agreement form to:

    Washington University in St. Louis
    University College - ATTN: Vicki Ruh
    Campus Box 1085
    11 North Jackson Road, Suite 1000
    St. Louis, MO 63105-2153 | Fax: (314) 935-6744

  3. Contact us to make an appointment with a University College advisor. Advisors are available during both daytime and evening hours. If you have taken any previous college courses, please bring transcripts with you when you meet with an advisor. If you are interested in applying for admission to a degree or certificate program, an advisor will be happy to answer questions about the admission process and requirements.
  4. Visit our registration site to browse and select your course for the upcoming academic semester. Select the "WU Contractor Scholarship" payment option when checking out.

Applicants must submit proof of employment and a signed Scholarship Agreement prior to registration each semester to which you are applying. You may submit documentation and begin registration on the day that registration opens for the coming semester.