Created in 1989, the Distinguished Alumni Scholarship Program (DASP) grants four entering students per year a four-year, full-tuition scholarship, for a total of 16 DASP students at the school at one time. Institutional funds are blended with annual support to the Medical Teaching Fund to make these scholarships possible.
The Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association (WUMCAA) Executive Council is connected to DASP through both the funding of the scholarships and the honoring of alumni. Each year, the Executive Council selects four outstanding alumni to honor as namesakes of these scholarships. Each student’s scholarship bears the name of an alumnus or alumna who has served on the School of Medicine faculty, past or present, with particular distinction.
A faculty committee selects the students based on exceptional academic achievement and character. Students who continue to meet eligibility requirements will hold the scholarships until they graduate.
Each fall, the new student scholarship recipients and alumni honorees gather at a luncheon where the students have the opportunity to meet the outstanding alumni for whom their scholarships are named.