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Scholarship Opportunities

There are a wide variety of scholarship opportunities available to Western students. This is only a partial list, offered as an information resource to incoming students. For additional details and the most up-to-date information regarding scholarship opportunities at Western, please visit the Scholarship Center.

TheWashBoard.orgAdditionally, is a free, student-centered, online clearinghouse for both Washington residents and students attending Washington colleges and universities who are seeking college scholarships. WashBoard allows students to search and apply for verified scholarship opportunities that are specific to their academic interests, college, university, or other criteria.

Availability and amounts for scholarships are subject to change.

Merit Scholarships

Western Washington University Presidential Scholarships

Admitted students demonstrating superior academic achievement are eligible for Presidential Scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Selection is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, SAT or ACT scores, course rigor – including advanced coursework and courses beyond core requirements – school and community activities, leadership and special talents. No separate application is necessary.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa members admitted to Western are eligible for Presidential Scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Selection is based on information provided in the application for admission and includes academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership, and PTK involvement. To be considered, students should check the “PTK” box in the New Student Scholarships section of our Application for Admission and Scholarships and provide an essay that addresses involvement in PTK programs and activities, leadership experience, and any honors attained. This scholarship is only awarded to Fall quarter applicants.

Western Foundation Scholars Award

The generous contributions of individuals and businesses in the greater Bellingham and Seattle area support multiple $1,650 and $2,000 scholarships for new freshmen and transfers who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Recipients are eligible to study in any field of interest. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary. 

All-Washington Academic Team Scholarships

Each community college in Washington State is invited to nominate two students, including Running Start students, to the All-Washington Academic Team based on academic achievement and community service. Western offers $2,000 in scholarship funding to any member of the All-Washington Team who enrolls at Western. Consult with your Community College advisor for details.

Alumni Association Leader Scholarships

The Western Alumni Association awards multiple $1,000 one-year scholarships are to new and current Western students who are making a difference in their community and plan to contribute greatly to Western by actively participating in the life of the university. More information, including the scholarship application, can be found on the Alumni Association website.

Diversity Scholarships

Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarships

The MAP Scholarship is awarded to new freshman and transfer students whose application for admission demonstrates an ongoing commitment to multiculturalism and/or diversity. Recipients of the MAP Scholarship receive a tuition reduction of $2,000 to $3,000 for their first year, and some awards are renewable. Beginning in 2013, priority is given to residents of Washington State who indicate an interest in the MAP Scholarship on their application for admission; refer to the application for instructions. Learn more...

American Indian Endowed Scholarship

The American Indian Endowed Scholarship program helps financially needy students with close ties to a Native American community to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. Scholarship money comes from interest generated through an endowment funded by private contributions and the state. Students can use the scholarships at public colleges and universities and accredited independent colleges, universities and career schools in Washington. The program annually awards about 7 new scholarships and 10 renewal scholarships, ranging from about $500 to $2,000. Students are eligible to receive scholarships for up to five years. Contact the Scholarship Center for details.

Nahbi Ram Joshi Scholarship

This scholarship was established by one of Western's most devoted patrons, Miriam Snow Mathes, in memory of Nahbi Ram Joshi, a foreign student who passed through the University over 90 years ago. Qualified applicants must be full-time undergraduate Western Washington University students. New freshmen and transfer students are eligible to apply. Scholarship applicants must either have been born in India or have a parent or grandparent born in India and must demonstrate strong leadership qualities as well as high academic merit. Contact the Scholarship Center for details.

Academic Department Scholarships

Fairhaven College Entrance Scholarships

Several scholarships are awarded to freshmen and transfer students who are new to both Western Washington University and Fairhaven College, and selection is based on financial need and academic ability. Scholarships are approximately $500 per academic year. Contact Fairhaven College at (360) 650-3680 for details.

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