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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, TheWashBoard.org 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-$4,000 per year for one or two years. 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.

Western Foundation Scholars Awards

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.

 Admission with Highest Honors

Students ranking in the top 5% of our incoming freshmen class based on cumulative GPA and test scores are Admitted with Highest Honors and offered a merit scholarship. 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.

James Michael Haskell Memorial Scholarships

Entering freshmen from Washington State who demonstrate an exemplary record of academic achievement as well as financial need may be eligible for a James Michael Haskell Scholarship. Awards are $2,500 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $10,000. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

John and Inda Mayfield Slater Scholarship Endowment

The scholarship supports an entering freshman at Western Washington University who is a graduate of a high school in Washington State, with preference given to graduates of Whatcom County high schools. The scholarship is awarded to students who have a minimum grade point average of 3.0, with additional consideration given to applicants who work to meet all or part of their expenses. Individual awards range from $500 to $1,000 dollars and is dependent upon annual funding.

Lorraine M. Mortimer Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes an entering freshman from Washington who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, financial need, a history of community-oriented activities, and potential for leadership at Western Washington University. The award covers tuition and fees for four years. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

National Merit Scholarships

At Western, National Merit finalists are guaranteed a minimum of $10,000 in scholarship assistance distributed over four years of consecutive undergraduate study. National Merit finalists need only submit a copy of their award letter or certificate to the Office of Admissions to be eligible.

Oswald Hall and Henny Lund Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes a new freshman with $6,800 per year for four years of study, for a total scholarship of $27,200. Selection criteria include outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

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.

Out of State Student Scholarships

Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)

The WUE Scholarship is a highly competitive four-year merit-based scholarship for incoming freshman who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming. Beginning Fall 2012, new recipients of the WUE Scholarship will receive an $8,000 reduction in non-resident tuition. WUE selection is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, test scores and rigorous coursework. Priority is given to students with a 3.8 unweighted GPA or above. No separate application is necessary. Transfer students are not eligible. Learn more…

Western Achievement Award (WAA)

The Western Achievement Award is a competitive four-year merit-based scholarship for incoming freshman who are not residents of Washington State. Recipients of the WAA scholarship receive a $4,000 reduction in non-resident tuition each year. WAA selection is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, test scores and rigorous coursework. Priority is given to students with above a 3.6 unweighted GPA. No separate application is necessary. Transfer students are not eligible. Learn more…

Western Award for Excellence (WAE)

The Western Award for Excellence is a highly competitive four-year merit-based scholarship for incoming freshman who are not residents of Washington State or one of the 15 states eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange. Beginning Fall 2012, new recipients of the WAE Scholarship will receive an $8,000 reduction in non-resident tuition. WAE selection is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, test scores and rigorous coursework. Priority is given to students with a 3.8 unweighted GPA or above. No separate application is necessary. Transfer students are not eligible. Learn more…

Leadership Scholarships

Western Leadership Scholars Program

Sixty incoming freshmen are selected each year to participate in the Western Leadership Scholars Program. The program offers students a year-long academic immersion program in leadership development and a $1,000 scholarship upon successful completion of a 2-credit introductory course in leadership. Recipients must demonstrate leadership potential in their school or community, and a desire to continue improving themselves as a leader at Western. Leadership potential could be demonstrated in a public way or behind the scenes, including the ability to inspire others, the capacity to produce results, or serve as a positive mentor or change-maker. The Western Leadership Scholarship is awarded to Fall quarter applicants. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

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.

Western Emerging Leaders Alumni Scholarships

Multiple one-year, $1,000 scholarships are awarded to new Western students based on academic achievement and leadership potential. The Emerging Leaders Alumni Scholarship is funded through the generous support of WWU alumni. Preference is given to students who are relatives of WWU alumni. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

Academic Department Scholarships

College of Business and Economics Distinguished Scholars Program

Incoming freshmen who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and a strong desire to explore a major within the College of Business and Economics (CBE) are invited to participate in the CBE Distinguished Scholars Program. CBE Distinguished Scholars are offered accelerated admission into the CBE and a $1,000 scholarship in their sophomore year. The Distinguished Scholars program also provides unique opportunities to connect with faculty and students, participate in special events and lectures, and attend a specialized one-quarter class with other Scholars. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

Computer Science & Mathematics Scholars Program

Incoming women interested in studying Computer Science or Mathematics are invited to apply for the CS/M Scholars Program. CS/M Scholars receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year for up to four years of study depending on financial need. Scholars are automatically enrolled in first year seminars in Mathematics and Computer Science and participate in a variety of career planning and professional development activities with other scholars. Advising with departmental faculty will start in the first year. Selection is based on interest, demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills and financial need. For more information visit cst.wwu.edu/computer-science/computer-sciencemath-scholars-program.

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.

Forensics (Debate) Alumni Scholarship

One or more scholarships equal to in-state tuition for one quarter is awarded to an entering freshman with demonstrated success in high school forensics who plans to participate in Western's forensics program. Contact the Communications Department for details.

Area High School Scholarships

August and Carol Radke Scholarship

Three students from Sehome High School will be awarded $2,500 scholarships based on their academic achievement, demonstrated leadership, and financial need. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

Earl Hutchins Memorial Scholarship

One scholarship is offered to an entering freshman from Mark Morris or R.A. Long High School who plans a career in public education. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

Garfield High School Scholarship

One or more entering freshman from Garfield High School will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Academic achievement and financial need are primary considerations in the selection process. Preference shall be given to an African American student. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

Thomas D. Wynn Family Scholarship

An incoming freshman from Ferndale High School is awarded an annual scholarship of $6,000, renewable for up to four years – for a total scholarship value of $24,000. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, athletic ability, or financial need (or a combination of any of these three criteria). Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

Thomas Frazier Scholarship

Entering freshmen from Ballard, Cleveland, Franklin, Ingraham, Garfield, Nathan Hale, Nova Project, Rainier Beach, Roosevelt, Sealth or West Seattle High Schools with demonstrated financial need and outstanding academic achievement may be eligible for this scholarship worth $5,000, renewable for a second year. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.


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