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Junior Zachary Howard Receives Goldwater Scholarship for 2018

Goldwater 2018 winner Zachary Howard.Friday, April 13, 2018—Sammamish, Wash., native and WSU genetics and cell biology major Zachary Howard has received from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation a $7,500 distinguished scholarship for the 2018-19 academic year.

“This is a huge honor for me and WSU, but also a compliment that recognizes my hard work,” said Howard. “Especially since I know the competition was tough.” Howard brings to 38 the total number of Goldwater awards received by WSU students. Read the full story about Zachary >>

WSU Senior Ryan Summers Finalist for Rhodes scholarship

Rhodes finalist Ryan Summers.Monday, November 20, 2017—Washington State University computer engineering, German, and Honors College student Ryan Summers interviewed Nov. 17-18 in Seattle as a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship, arguably the oldest and best known of the prestigious scholarships available to American college graduates. WSU has had 10 Rhodes Scholars from 1907 to 1956. Prior to Summers, the most recent finalist was in 1984. “The interview process was fascinating, plus I made new friends,” Summers said Sunday. “It’s all been a great experience.  From the time I first thought of applying, I have had amazing support from my family, friends, and so many at WSU along the way. I am very thankful.” Read the full story about Ryan >>

Four WSU Students Land National Gilman Awards to Study in Asia, Europe as of Fall 2017

Terrestrial globe symbolizing study abroad.Wednesday, May 31, 2017—Four Washington University State students have received prestigious, nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards to fund study-abroad experiences that commence this fall. The students, in alphabetical order, are Haniyyah L. Dixon, Evan J. Wilson, Michael B. Young, and Alma J. Zamago. Read the full story >>

Four More WSU Students Land Prestigious Gilman Scholarships for 2017 Summer Study Abroad in Spain; One Alternate Named

Four winners mentioned in the story.Wednesday, May 31, 2017—In addition to a student named earlier, four more WSU students have won nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in summer 2017. WSU’s newest Gilman Scholars are: Anaderi Iniguez, a biology major from Pasco; Rose Kibala, a communications major from Reno, Nev.; Kimberly Marquez, a business management major from Wapato; and Renata O’Connell, a business administration major from Bellingham. They are all headed to Spain, but on three separate trips. Gilman alternate for summer is Yvette Meza, a senior social sciences major from Royal City. She will study philosophy in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and learn more about that culture. Read the full story >>

WSU Junior Alyssa Norris Recognized by National Udall Foundation for 2017-18

Alyssa Norris.Friday, Apr. 28, 2017—Washington State University junior and Alaska native Alyssa Norris has received a nationally competitive Udall Foundation honorable mention award in its environment category, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. The Udall nod validates Alyssa’s commitment to the environment and her work toward a career addressing issues on a local, national, and global scale,” said Seehafer. “Alyssa’s personal and professional accomplishments as a WSU student have prepared her very well for this latest and well-deserved honor.” Read the full story about Alyssa >>

Goldwater Scholarships for 2017-18 awarded to three WSU junior women in STEM majors

Goldwater winners Brown, Brutman, and Matz.Thursday, Apr. 06, 2017—The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has announced that Washington State University juniors Amelia Brown, Julianna Brutman, and Keesha Matz have each received $7,500 awards for the 2017-18 academic year. Goldwater’s are among the top, nationally competitive distinguished scholarships; they cover tuition, room and board, and fees. The WSU winners are all WSU Regents Scholars and STEM majors planning to graduate in 2018, earn doctoral degrees, and enter research careers to improve human health. Read the full story >>

WSU junior receives national Gilman Scholarship; headed for Spain with First-Generation Abroad program

L.D. Hare.Monday, Mar. 13, 2017—Washington State University student Loundyne “L.D.” Hare received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for summer 2017 to study abroad in Spain. “I’ve barely been outside of Washington so I’m excited to learn about the cultural practices and ways of life in Spain,” said Hare. “I hope to improve my Spanish language skills. And, I think I’ll learn a lot about myself through this experience.” Read the full story about L.D. >>

WSU junior Alyssa Norris is finalist for national Truman Scholarship

Alyssa Norris.Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017—Future policymaker, environmental engineer, and attorney Alyssa Norris, a junior at Washington State University, is one of 199 students from 136 colleges selected to interview as a finalist for the prestigious, nationally competitive Truman Scholarship, the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program announced. Read the full story >>

Fulbright ETA distinguished scholarship awarded to Gregory K. Walker, WSU Vancouver graduate

Sunrise at the WSU Vancouver campus.Friday, Feb. 24, 2017—Washington State University Vancouver graduate Gregory K. Walker has received from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award to teach in Spain. As a Fulbright ETA, his charge will be to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while also increasing his own language skills and knowledge of the host country. Read the full story >>

WSU Sophomore Lysandra Perez Receives Prestigious Gilman International Scholarship

Lysandra Perez.Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016—Yakima sophomore Lysandra Perez, a psychology student at Washington State University, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Dept. of State to study abroad in Italy in spring 2017. Perez is one of more than 850 American undergraduates from 359 U.S. colleges and universities who will get up to $5,000 in spring to apply toward the cost of study abroad or an international internship. Read the full story >>

WSU Hosts D.C. Executive Susan Sharp to Present on National Boren Awards Nov. 16

CUE building.Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016—Susan Sharp, assistant director of the Boren Awards for International Study program, will discuss its scholarships, fellowships, initiatives, and application processes from 12:10-1:00 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16, in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) 407 at Washington State University. Pizza will be served at this event, which is free and open to the public. Read the full story >>

Annual Events:
What We Do

Distinguished Scholars Reception

At the annual Distinguished Scholars Reception, the Distinguished Scholarships Program welcomes all students who applied for nationally competitive, prestigious awards throughout the year, the individuals who served as their references, and members of the program’s committees. Light refreshments are served. More >>

Distinguished Scholars Celebration

At our annual Distinguished Scholars Celebration event, we honor recent and past WSU student and alumni recipients of prestigious, nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships. It’s a tradition that, at the event, the University’s newest recipients of distinguished scholarships be recognized and receive special pins unique to WSU. We also acknowledge the faculty and staff who have worked to bring success to the program and to each student pursuing an award. More >>

Freshman Scholars Progression

At this invitation-only event, top freshman scholars at WSU in Pullman for the Fall semester have the opportunity to network with other high-achieving students and faculty members from numerous disciplines who are deeply committed to excellence in education. Students learn about taking advantage of WSU resources to enhance their scholarship with accomplishments in terms of initiative, effort, engagement, and leadership. More >>