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.  


  • First-Year Student
  • Academic interest in Early Childhood Ed, Elementary Ed, Secondary Ed, Special Ed, or Human Services

Priority Deadline is March 11

Final Deadline: April 5

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

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
    • DRR 115: Diversity Recruitment and Retention
    • SOC 269: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Eligible for a $500 book scholarship during the first year
  • Preference within Woodring program admissions
  • May be eligible to receive a scholarship during your 2nd year if you continue to enroll in pursuing Woodring coursework 
  • Intentional mentoring from Woodring faculty and staff 
  • Each Future Woodring Scholar will be partnered with a Peer Mentor throughout their first academic year. This Peer Mentor will be able to assist with, but not limited to:
    • Academic advising and registration 
    • Connections to on-campus resources 
    • Knowledge surrounding Woodring programs and applications 
    • Sense of belonging programs and events 
  • Comprehensive academic advising and support of your overall college success 
  • Quarterly activities and events with an emphasis on social justice and/or community engagement