Your gift to the School of Medicine Annual Fund supports the school’s highest priorities. Gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted and available for immediate use, which allows School of Medicine leadership to fund unforeseen opportunities and enrich the student experience. You can choose to designate your Annual Fund gift to support student scholarships, academic programs, student programs, and departments:


Promising medical students thrive at WashU, and your financial support enables us to attract and enroll those with the greatest potential, regardless of their capacity to pay. By investing in scholarships, you help Washington University School of Medicine grow the pipeline of future physician-scientists.

One-fifth of all MD, MD/MA and MD/PhD students receive scholarship support from the Annual Fund. Between 2018 and 2022, the number of MD students who received scholarships increased by 20%.


Through the Annual Fund, you can choose to support specific academic programs, enabling leadership to have immediate funds available to directly impact the program’s students, research, and community engagement programs.

You can choose to directly support:

  • Program in Physical Therapy
  • Program in Occupational Therapy
  • Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences
  • Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences
  • Medical Scientist Training Program

Your Annual Fund gift can support the mission of departments within the School of Medicine – educating future health care leaders, providing the highest level of patient care, and pursuing research to better methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Student Programs

On average, nearly $49,000 of yearly unrestricted Annual Fund gifts from MD alumni and former house staff are allocated to student organizations and community service projects. Student groups apply for funding, which is awarded through the Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association. Learn more.

Annual Fund by the numbers | 2022-23




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William Greenleaf Eliot Society

The Annual Fund supports the many people involved in educating and training the students, residents and fellows at Washington University School of Medicine. Leading these vital efforts are members of the William Greenleaf Eliot Society, who contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund. Eliot Society members receive benefits and recognition throughout the year. Visit the Eliot Society page for recognition details.

Eliot Society membership levels

$1,000 – $2,499
Eliot Member
$2,500 – $4,999
Eliot Fellow
$5,000 – $9,999
Eliot Benefactor
$10,000 – $24,999*
Eliot Patron
$25,000 – $49,999
Danforth Circle, Dean’s Level
$50,000 or more
Danforth Circle, Chancellor’s Level

*Gifts of $10,000 or more may be designated for named annual scholarships.

For more information about the Annual Fund, please contact or 314-935-9691.