Transfer Scholarships

Western Washington University offers merit-based, leadership, activity and diversity scholarships for talented transfer students entering fall quarter.  This is only a partial list, offered as a resource to incoming students. For additional details and the most up-to-date information regarding scholarship opportunities at Western, please visit our Scholarship Center. Availability and amounts for scholarships are subject to change.

Presidential Scholarships

Admitted transfer students will automatically be considered for these scholarships; no separate scholarship application is required. These highly competitive merit scholarships are awarded to incoming transfer students demonstrating superior academic achievement. Selection is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, school and community activities, leadership and special talents and priority is given to Washington residents. Presidential Scholarships range from $1,000-$2,000 and are awarded for the first year. 

Donor scholarships

These scholarships are awarded based on information provided in the application for admission; no additional application is required. Western Washington University has a generous alumni and donor community who sponsor a variety of scholarship opportunities for transfer students.  These scholarships range from $500-$2,000 and some may be multi-year awards.  The criteria vary for each scholarship, and may include outstanding academic achievement, an interest in a particular major or program, financial need, or involvement in specific areas. 

Phi Theta Kappa scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa members admitted to Western are eligible for Presidential Scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000. Selection is based on information provided in the application for admission and includes academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership, and PTK involvement. To be considered, students should check the “PTK” box in the New Student Scholarships section of our Transfer Application for Admission and Scholarships and provide an essay that addresses involvement in PTK programs and activities, leadership experience, and any honors attained.

Additional leadership, diversity & program 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.  There are leadership and service learning programs and specific majors or departments that may award scholarships to incoming students.  For additional details and the most up-to-date information regarding scholarship opportunities at Western, please visit the Scholarship Center.

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.  Students who wish to be considered for the MAP Scholarship must indicate an interest on their application for admission by checking the appropriate box in the New Student Scholarships section of our Transfer Application for Admission and Scholarships.  Interested students are encouraged to use their essay to demonstrate how they are actively promoting multiculturalism or intercultural understanding in their school or community, and their commitment to doing the same at Western. Students who are unable to incorporate this in their essay are welcome to attach an additional written statement for consideration. Recommended 300-500 words. Priority is given to residents of Washington State with on-time applications for admission.

American Indian Endowed Scholarship 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 seven new scholarships and 10 renewal scholarships, ranging from $500 to $2,000. Students are eligible to receive scholarships for up to five years. Contact the Scholarship Center for details.

The Nahbi Ram Joshi 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.

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.

All-Washington Academic Team scholarships

Each community college in Washington State is invited to nominate two students, to the All-Washington Academic Team based on academic achievement and community service.  Western guarantees a minimum scholarship award of $2,000 across all university scholarships to any member of the All-Washington Team who enrolls at Western. 


Additionally, is a free, student-centered, online clearinghouse for both Washington residents and students attending Washington colleges and universities who are seeking college scholarships. allows students to search and apply for verified scholarship opportunities that are specific to their academic interests, college, university, or other criteria.