Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis | Groups

Develop your passion. Pursue your dreams. Start your journey on the road to success. 

How would you like to learn about business and entrepreneurship from one of the top business schools in the country? 

The Olin Fleischer Scholars Program (OFSP) provides a unique, week-long educational experience for economically disadvantaged, rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Midwest region. This program is designed to prepare students for the college admission process, learn about business and entrepreneurship, and experience college life.


Program Highlights
While at WashU and with the Olin Business School, participating students will:

  • Learn about academic and career opportunities in business
  • Study with Olin Business School faculty and interact with current WashU students, staff, and alumni
  • Visit St. Louis area companies and interact with company executives
  • Build leadership and communication skills
  • Find out more about the college application process and financial assistance/scholarships
  • Draft and revise a resume and a personal statement for college 
  • Develop a business idea with a team and present to a panel of judges
  • Experience campus living at Washington University with other high school students

Who Can Attend 

  • Students who will enter their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in the Fall 2021 semester
  • OFSP is open to:
    • First-in-family to college students
    • Underrepresented students of color
    • Students from low-income households
  • Preference is given to students from the midwest region

Program Cost 

  • The program is completely FREE for accepted student participants. On-campus housing, meals, and program materials are all covered.
Program Date:


How to Apply
You are required to submit the following in order to apply for the program:

  1. Olin Fleischer Scholars Program Online Application (Link will be available in January 2021): 
    • Includes a personal statement about your interest in business and what you hope to gain from attending the Olin Fleischer Scholars Program (Uploaded as a PDF or Word document). Maximum number of words: 300. 
  2. An unofficial high school transcript sent electronically from the high school. Please have it emailed to Olin-FSP@email.wustl.edu
  3. Two letters of recommendation:
    • One recommendation must be from a high school teacher and one from a high school counselor/advisor
    • Please fill out this form to identify your recommenders: (Link will be available in January 2021)
    • Recommendations must be submitted by TBD - please be sure to give your recommenders plenty of advance notice.
Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2020. Please check back in January 2021 for applications for the summer 2021 program.
An application to Washington University is not required, and admission is not guaranteed.


Testimonials from Past OFSP Scholars

"This program allowed me to experience true college life for the first time while also introducing me to the business world through both simple and interesting lectures done by Washington University staff, and also through open panels with alumni working at various St. Louis-based companies…Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that in this one week long program would I create some of the most significant friendships I had ever had. Through the joy, excitement, sleepiness, fun and laughter that comes with attending the Olin Fleischer Scholars Program, you really do build special bonds with people."
Irfaun, OFSP 2019

"As a part of the Olin Fleischer Scholars Program, through visits to different corporations as well as through hearing lessons from a wide span of Washington University teachers I was exposed to different aspects of business in a fun and intriguing way that left me excited for my future career. But, more importantly, the program taught me skills of how to navigate resumes, financial aid, and team-building skills that can be put to use instantly. I’m amazed at how fast and how much content the program was able to cover within the span of a week and how close you get to others within the program. I will be forever grateful that I was chosen to take part in it."
Kaila, OFSP 2019

For questions, please contact Alana Greene or Sandra Philius, Co-Coordinators of Fleischer Scholars Program, at OLIN-FSP@email.wustl.edu or 314-935-6315