December 19, 2019

Sam Fox Ambassadors Program Provides Ten New Full-Tuition Scholarships

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis

(1-2) Island Press; Weil Hall. Photo: Joshua White/ (3) Students in Givens Hall. Photo: James Byard/WUSTL images.

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis has established a national reputation for addressing critical social and environmental challenges. Innovative programs, curricula, and collaborative initiatives have driven substantial growth in graduate enrollment and in the school’s campus footprint—both of which have roughly doubled in size.

Now the Sam Fox School is launching a new scholarship program designed to enhance recruitment and interdisciplinary exchange across its graduate degree programs.

The Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program, which will welcome its inaugural class in fall 2020, will provide full-tuition waivers and accompanying travel stipends, as well as unique academic and professional opportunities, for 10 applicants each year, across the following graduate degree programs:

Master of Architecture / Master of Fine Arts in Illustration & Visual Culture / Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art / Master of Landscape Architecture / Master of Urban Design

“Washington University is extremely grateful to Sam Fox, in whose honor both the Sam Fox School and the Sam Fox Ambassadors program are named,” Chancellor Andrew D. Martin said. “Sam and his wife, Marilyn, are both prominent civic leaders who’ve played major roles at many of St. Louis’ most important cultural institutions. Their vision and devotion to excellence are inspirations to us all.”

“Over the last two decades, Sam and Marilyn have made extraordinary commitments to undergraduate scholarships,” added Carmon Colangelo, the Ralph J. Nagel Dean of the Sam Fox School and the E. Desmond Lee Professor for Collaboration in the Arts. “They are now building on that generosity with a major gift to strengthen graduate recruitment. The Ambassadors program will support top art and architecture students from across the United States while also enabling us to expand international recruitment efforts.

“We are deeply in their debt.”

Sam Fox Ambassadors
The Sam Fox Ambassadors program is supported by the Sam and Marilyn Fox Foundation. Each fellow will receive a full-tuition scholarship, as well as a travel stipend to support individual research or school-related travel. Ambassadors also will participate in a series of events each year designed to advance their creative work and scholarship.

All graduate applicants to Sam Fox School will be considered for the Ambassadors program; no separate application is required. Finalists will be asked to participate in a remote interview with Sam Fox School faculty. Recipients will receive notification of selection in conjunction with their admission and financial aid information in early March.

Applications for the Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture, and Master of Urban Design programs are due January 15.

Applications for the Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art and Master of Fine Arts in Illustration & Visual Culture programs are due February 3.

About the Sam Fox School
In 2006, Washington University established the Sam Fox School by uniting three existing campus areas, each boasting a rich individual history. The College of Art, founded in 1879, was the first professional, university-affiliated art school in the United States. The College of Architecture, founded in 1910, was among 10 founding members of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum dates back to 1881 and was the first art museum west of the Mississippi River.

A leader in architecture, art, and design education, the Sam Fox School is advancing its fields through innovative research and creative practice, excellence in teaching, a world-class university art museum, and a deep commitment to addressing the social and environmental challenges of our time. Through the work of its students, faculty, and alumni, the school is striving to create a more just, sustainable, humane, and beautiful world.

Read the full news release about the Sam Fox Ambassadors Graduate Fellowship Program.

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