About Future Woodring Scholars

Woodring is committed to transformational change that supports increased understanding and respect for differences and similarities among people and cultures. Woodring meets this commitment to diversity through Future Woodring Scholars, targeted recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. Approximately 30 students are selected to participate in the Future Woodring Scholars Program. Students are able to explore teacher education and human services programs and professions early in their Western experience while gaining a network of academic and social support from Woodring students, faculty, and staff.  

Apply by March 10

This program is exclusively for admitted Western students; you will need to log in to your Admitted Student Portal to register.


  • First-Year Student
  • Academic interest in Early Childhood Ed, Elementary Ed, Secondary Ed, Special Ed, Human Services, Sociology, Psychology, or undecided
A group lesson at the WWU Associated Students Child Development Center
Children playing and learning at the WWU Associated Students Child Development Center


  • Enrollment in the Future Woodring Scholar First-Year Interest Group (FIG) consisting of some of the most highly coveted courses during your first year. Admitted students will automatically be enrolled in the following pathway courses during their first (Fall) quarter at Western Washington University:

    • SMNR 101: Perspectives on Learning
    • EDUC 115: Introduction to Education Professions
    • SOC 269: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • $500 book stipend (scholarship) during the first year.
  • Opportunities to connect with local schools, health, and community organizations.
  • Intentional mentoring from Woodring faculty, staff, and peer mentors.
  • Comprehensive academic advising and support of your overall college success.
  • Quarterly activities and events with an emphasis on social justice and/or community engagement.
  • Priority admission consideration for the teacher education and human services program.
  • Students may be eligible to receive a scholarship during their 2nd year as long as they continue to pursue Woodring course work.
  • May apply for a paid peer mentor position in the Diversity Recruitment and Retention Office your second year (sophomore).