2021 Scholars Applications Are Open

About Future Woodring Scholars

Woodring is committed to transformational change that supports increased understanding and respect for differences and similarities among people and cultures. The Future Woodring Scholars program is part of Woodring's commitment to this change. This program allows students to explore teacher education and human services programs and professions early in their Western experience. It also fosters a network of academic and social support from Woodring students, faculty, and staff. Approximately 40 scholars are invited to participate each year.

Apply by March 3

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, or Human Services

Important Dates

The priority deadline for full consideration is March 3.

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A group lesson at the WWU Associated Students Child Development Center
Children playing and learning at the WWU Associated Students Child Development Center


  • 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
    • COMM 101: Fundamentals of Speech
  • A $500 book stipend 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.
  • 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.
  • May be eligible to receive a scholarship during your 2nd year for students who continue to pursue Woodring course work.
  • May apply for a paid peer mentor position in the Diversity Recruitment and Retention Office during sophomore year.