History - 1990s

1992 - Dr. Ervin passes away.

On October 7, Dr. Ervin passed away, the day before he was to meet the fifth entering class of Ervin Scholars. His wife Jane, daughter Jackie, grandson Marcus, and other family members continue to interact with Ervin Scholars and regularly attend the Commemoration of the John B. Ervin Bench located in the Danforth Campus Quadrangle, an annual event begun in 1993.


1990s-early 2000s - The Program continues to grow. 

In spring 1998, during the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Ervin Program, a commitment is made for the Ervin community to come together every 5 years. Also in 1998, the Program receives $3 million in endowment that is part of a $100 million Danforth Foundation gift to the Campaign for Washington University. The first Ervin Exploration Weekend begins in Fall 1999 (now part of Fall Discovery Weekend). In 2001, Washington University announces a $25 million gift to establish the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Scholarships; a portion of them are designated for students chosen through the Ervin Scholars Program. (The Program is currently called Enterprise Holdings Scholarships). In October 2002, the Program celebrates its 15th Anniversary!





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