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WSU Undergraduate Education Distinguished Scholarships Program

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Enhance your education by applying for and winning nationally competitive distinguished scholarships.

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We will help you. Our program will provide you with mentoring by professional staff who partner with campus experts to guide students in going above and beyond with their college experience. With our help, you will progress into the type of student scholar that is competitive at pursuing distinguished scholarships in the United States and abroad.

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Latest News

Latest News
What We and Our Students Have Accomplished

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

Photos of four winners mentioned in storyWednesday, 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. More >>


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

Photo of Alyssa Norris standing in a glacial caveFriday, 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.” More >>


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

Portrait photos of Brown, Brutman, and MatzThursday, 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. More >>


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

Portrait photo of L.D. HareMonday, 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.” More >>


WSU junior Alyssa Norris is finalist for national Truman Scholarship

Photo of Alyssa Norris in hard hat posing near a wind millTuesday, 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. More >>


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

Sunrise photo of the WSU Vancouver campusFriday, 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. More >>


WSU Sophomore Lysandra Perez Receives Prestigious Gilman International Scholarship

Portrait photo of Lysandra PerezTuesday, 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. More >>


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

Cropped photo of CUE building that is linked to full storyTuesday, 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. More >>


WSU Distinguished Scholars celebrated at fall event

Cropped photo of event that is hyperlinked to news storyFriday, Oct. 10, 2016—Eight Washington State University students were pinned at the third annual Distinguished Scholars Celebration Wed., Oct. 5, recognizing that they had received prestigious, nationally competitive awards to enhance their education. “Through the event, we can publicly acknowledge each student’s accomplishments, thank their faculty mentors and recommendation writers, and celebrate them all at the same time,” said April Seehafer, the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program director. More >>


WSU seniors Ellenwood, Torpey, and Weyand sweep national Udall scholarship categories for 2016-17

Shortcut image that is hyperlinked to news storyThursday, Jun. 16, 2016—Washington State University undergraduate seniors Rachel Ellenwood, Tillie Torpey, and Logan Weyand have received national 2016 Udall Foundation awards in each of its three categories: native health care, tribal policy, and the environment. All of the awards represent a “first” for the university, said April Seehafer, director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. More >>

Annual Events

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 >>