Ralph Bunche Scholars Award

Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche

Ralph Johnson Bunche was an American political scientist, diplomat, civil rights activist, first African American to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950.

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

Undergraduate – Academic Achievement


Award Criteria

This award is given for academic achievement. Recipients include freshmen who have completed at least 14 graded units in the semester and have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. The award is also given to undergraduates who have completed at least 14 graded units in the semester and have a semester GPA of 3.6 or higher for at least 3 consecutive semesters.

Nominee must be a current graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis who through leadership, service, scholastic achievement, and perseverance has served as an inspiration to the university community.


Nomination Process

Nominations ARE NOT accepted for this award