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Group photo taken at the 2014 Celebrate Distinguished Scholars event

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Join Us to Explore Distinguished Scholarships:

Boren / Fulbright / Gates Cambridge / Gilman / Goldwater / Hollings / Marshall / Mitchell / NSF GRFP(tooltip: NSF GRFP|National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program) / Pickering / Rhodes / Schwarzman / Truman / Udall

We will help you. Our program will provide you with mentoring by professional staff who partner with campus experts to guide students in the preparation and application process for national distinguished scholarships.

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What We and Our Students Have Accomplished

  • Shown from left to right are Udall award winners for 2021: Jonnie Bray and Frances Ward. Two WSU Sophomores Land Distinguished Udall Scholars Awards

    Washington State University students Frances Ward and Jonnie Bray are the newest recipients of prestigious Udall Undergraduate Scholarship awards. Each woman placing among the top 11 percent of national recipients in their respective Udall categories; a total of 416 eligible Udall applications were nominated this year by 187 academic institutions. Ward and Bray will each receive $7,000. “We are very proud of their achievements and that the Udall Foundation believes in the impact they will have on many lives in the future,” said April Seehafer, director of WSU’s Distinguished Scholarships Program.

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  • Owen Canterbury, 2021 Fulbright winner. WSU’s Newest Fulbright Scholar Recipient Headed for Research in Germany

    Washington State University biochemistry major Owen Canterbury has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to conduct research at Germany’s Heidelberg University, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program. “I am pleased to be selected as a Fulbright recipient and I think it will be a really good experience both academically and personally,” said Canterbury. Seehafer said, “Owen continues WSU’s long tradition with the Fulbright organization, dating back to our first recipient in 1949. He is our 66th student to receive a Fulbright to continue their education.”

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  • Maximillian Obasiolu, Schwarzman finalist for the 2020-21 academic year. WSU Engineering Senior Named Schwarzman Scholarship Finalist

    Washington State University electrical engineering senior Maximillian Obasiolu has been named a nationally competitive Schwarzman Scholar award finalist, said April Seehafer, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program. “Maximillian is an exceptional student who identifies his goals and tailors—or creates—opportunities to reach them,” said Seehafer. “He has an entrepreneurial spirit and an awareness of emerging trends that align not only with his personal educational and career plans but also with the Schwarzman Scholar program. We are pleased and proud that Maximillian represented WSU.”

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Our Latest Annual Event

Distinguished Scholars Celebration

Watch the 2020 Distinguished Scholars Celebration on YouTube. The event took place on October 28.

Watch the 2020 Distinguished Scholars Celebration on YouTube. The Celebration is our annual, fall networking event where we recognize all WSU students who received a distinguished scholarship within the last year.

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Distinguished Scholars Celebration 2019

Over the past year, 15 WSU Distinguished Scholars have received prestigious, nationally competitive awards to boost their transformative educational experience. The Distinguished Scholars Celebration is the annual event to honor awardees, and recognize their mentors. WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Mitzi Montoya will be the guest speaker. An RSVP from those planning to attend would be appreciated.