Freshman Out-of-State Scholarships

Western Washington University offers merit-based scholarships for talented students coming from outside the State of Washington, including the popular Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) Scholarship, the Western Award for Excellence and the Western Achievement Award. Admitted freshmen will automatically be considered for these scholarships. No separate scholarship application is required. Other scholarship opportunities for freshman out-of-state students are also available. Availability and amounts for scholarships are subject to change.

To be considered for WUE and other out-of-state scholarships, a student must:

  • Be an incoming freshman admitted for fall quarter
  • Be a permanent resident of a state other than Washington, or a resident of British Columbia
  • Have an exceptionally strong academic record

 

Students may major in any campus program. Scholarships cannot be applied to foreign study, off-campus, or other non-state supported programs.  WUE, WAE, and WAA cannot be combined. Tuition and other expenses are determined each spring for the following academic year.

Note: The WUE, WAE and WAA scholarships are only available to incoming freshmen. Transfer students and current Western Washington University students are not eligible.

Western Undergraduate Exchange Scholarships (WUE)
& Western Award for Excellence (WAE)

These highly competitive four-year merit scholarships for incoming freshmen are based on academic performance. Recipients of the WUE or WAE scholarship will receive an annual $8,000 reduction in non-resident tuition for four years. WUE and WAE Scholarships are awarded to roughly the top third of our incoming out-of-state students. 

The WUE is awarded to students 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. 

The WAE is awarded to students who are not residents of Washington state or one of the 15 states eligible for the Western Undergraduate Exchange, including British Columbia. 

Selection for these scholarships is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, test scores and rigorous coursework. Recipients have a 3.8 GPA and a 28 ACT or 1880 SAT on average and have taken rigorous coursework throughout high school. The chart below gives examples of the GPA and test scores of students who were awarded the WUE and WAE. You are encouraged to complete our online Net Price Calculator for an estimate of your financial aid and scholarship eligibility. 

GPA

ACT / SAT

ANNUAL AWARD

4-YEAR TOTAL AWARD

4.0

25 / 1710

$8,000

$32,000

3.6

30 / 2000

$8,000

$32,000

Western Achievement Award (WAA)

The Western Achievement Award is a competitive four-year merit scholarship for incoming freshmen who are not residents of Washington State. Beginning Fall 2015, new recipients of the WAA scholarship will receive an annual $5,000 reduction in non-resident tuition for four years.

Selection for these scholarships is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, ACT or SAT test scores and rigorous coursework. Recipients have a 3.6 GPA and a 24 ACT or 1650 SAT on average and have taken rigorous coursework throughout high school. The chart below gives examples of the GPA and test scores of students who were awarded the WAA. You are encouraged to complete our online Net Price Calculator for an estimate of your financial aid and scholarship eligibility.

GPA

ACT/SAT

ANNUAL AWARD

4-YEAR TOTAL AWARD

3.7

23 / 1590

$5,000

$20,000

3.3

29 / 1940

$5,000

$20,000

 

Leadership, diversity & other scholarships

There are many scholarships available to out-of-state students beyond the WUE, WAE and WAA scholarships. Western Washington University has a number of additional programs that recognize a student’s experience and potential for success in leadership, service learning and program involvement. Western’s Distinguished Scholars programs combine students’ interests and experience with distinctive opportunities on campus and may also include a scholarship. The Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarship ranges from $2,000-$3,000 in the first year and is awarded to freshmen and transfer students whose application demonstrates an ongoing commitment to multiculturalism. Interested students are encouraged to use their essay to demonstrate how they are actively promoting multiculturalism in their school or community. Additional scholarships are available for continuing students through their academic department or involvement on campus. Check out the Scholarship Center to learn more. 

Several Fairhaven College Entrance 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.

The Pete Steffens Native American Scholarship was established in honor of former professor Pete Steffens; an advocate, journalist and one of the founding professors of the Department of Journalism. Western students are eligible to receive the scholarship in any year of their studies, from their freshman year through graduate studies.  Preference is given to Native American and other Indigenous students from the US or Canada, those with financial need and students interested in studying Journalism. Fill out the application form to apply by Friday May 8, 2015.

National Merit Scholarship Program

Western Washington University recognizes National Merit Finalists with a guarantee of a minimum scholarship award combination of $10,000 across all university scholarships, distributed over four years of consecutive undergraduate study. To be eligible, National Merit Finalists must indicate Western Washington University as their first choice school on their Online Scholarship Application (OSA) with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 15, 2015