John B. Ervin Award

John B. Ervin Award

Category: University College Undergraduate/Graduate – Civic Engagement

John B. Ervin was the first African-American dean at Washington University in St. Louis.

The story of Dr. John B. Ervin is one of achievement and determination in the face of discrimination. Dr. Ervin was a nationally renowned black educator, scholar, and author who committed his life to the education of all people. In 1968, he became the first African-American dean of the School of Continuing Education at Washington University. He was also very involved with the St. Louis community, holding leadership positions on boards of numerous organizations and foundations. As a beloved member of the WashU community, Dr. Ervin is best remembered for his commitment to excellence, his engagement with the community, and his efforts to bring diverse people together to heal divisions among them.

The aim of the award program is to acknowledge those students who demonstrate a commitment to:

  • individual pursuits promoting expression of Black culture, history, and values.
  • academic excellence and advancement of scholarship.
  • cultivating community through service to improve quality of life for Black people at WashU, in St Louis, and globally.

Category of Award

University College (UCollege) Undergraduate/Graduate – Civic Engagement

Award Criteria

Only Current University College students are eligible for this award. Student must have demonstrated a commitment to community service. Student must have a 3.0 or better GPA.

Nomination Process

Student can self-nominate or be nominated by Washington University administrators, academic advisors, faculty, staff and students.

Requirements for Nominee

Once a student has been nominated, they must submit the following documents:

  • Essay, 250 words or less, detailing community service activities
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Interview, will be scheduled after essay and transcript are submitted