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Someone supposedly once complained that Shakespeare’s Hamlet is full of quotations, and indeed many lines from that great work have become familiar phrases in the English language, from “To be or not to be,” to “Alas, poor Yorick.”
One of my personal favourite lines from the play is, “Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.”
Olin is a place that addresses the promise of that theme for students who may pass through our doors “knowing not what they may be.” With our world-class faculty, our dedicated staff and our alumni, we’re well able to help students know what they will be.
The trick, of course, is helping them pass through our doors in the first place.
That’s where scholarships come into play. WashU’s Olin Business School should be an elite institution, but never elitist. That means we want the best students in our community—regardless of their financial means. Anyone with the ability, talent and potential should be able to benefit from an Olin education.
A WashU education is by no means inexpensive, but this is not a new phenomenon. Even when National Council member Sidney Guller started earning his BSBA in 1943—and the average US income was $2,000 a year—Olin’s $250 annual tuition was a tough nut to crack.
At the time, scholarships were hard to come by. Guller worked at a local title company to make ends meet. That experience drove him to establish the Bobette and Sidney Guller Endowed Scholarship and many other gifts to the school.
Increasing scholarship support was an important component of Olin’s participation in the WashU Leading Together campaign, which closed in June. Building that support is vital to attracting talented and deserving students to our institution
Based on preliminary numbers from Olin’s campaign, I’m pleased to note that Olin …