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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 the preparation and application process for national distinguished scholarships.

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Distinguished Scholars Celebration

At this annual event, the Distinguished Scholarships Program recognizes and honors the latest students and alumni to receive prestigious national awards. It also provides a venue to recognize faculty mentors and recommendation writers who helped the award applicants reach their goals. The university community and guests are invited to attend, and no RSVPs are necessary.

The next Distinguished Scholars Celebration will be held in fall 2019 in the recently renovated CUB ground-level gallery featuring all award winners. Learn more about this event >>

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Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop I

Michael Kahn.

This event is free for graduate and undergraduate students. This workshop is the first of a two-part series in which Michael Kahn from the Institute of Biological Chemistry will walk you through the process of applying to the major prestigious fellowships for graduate students. The goal of the series is to improve your success in applying for these fellowships, provide you with valuable proposal writing and editing experience, give you information about additional funding opportunities, and enable you to receive individualized attention to help you with your application.

You can learn more about the workshop and register for it on the WSU Graduate School’s website.

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Group photo taken at the 2014 Celebrate Distinguished Scholars event

Distinguished Scholarships Home

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Join Us to Explore Distinguished Scholarships

BorenFulbrightGates CambridgeGilmanGoldwaterMarshallMitchellPickeringRhodesSchwarzmanTrumanUdall


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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  • Goldwater awards go to STEM students Goto, Gubsch, and Klappenbach

    June 17, 2019

    Media: April Seehafer, Distinguished Scholarships director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

    PULLMAN, Wash.—Two engineering and one science student at Washington State University have received prestigious, nationally competitive awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

    The students are seniors Courtney Klappenbach, a genetics and cellular biology and microbiology double major, and Kristian Gubsch, a chemical engineering major; and, junior Daniel Goto, the only student at WSU with a double major in electrical engineering and materials science engineering.

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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 >>

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

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

MEDIA: Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, sanchez@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—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.

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WSU Undergraduates Summers, Matz, and Rocchi tapped for national Goldwater Scholarships

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, 509-335-8239, seehafer@wsu.edu

MEDIA: Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, sanchez@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program has announced that one Washington State University engineering student has been awarded its competitive national scholarship, and two science students have received honorable mentions.

As a Goldwater recipient, Ryan Matthew Summers, 21, from Stanwood, Wash., will receive up to $7,500 to support his studies at WSU in computer engineering.

Goldwater honorable mention honors went to Angela Rocchi, 21, a junior neuroscience major from Elk, Wash., and Keesha Matz, 19, a sophomore microbiology student from Chehalis, Wash.

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WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program announces new director April Seehafer, new office location

MEDIA: Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, sanchez@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash.—Professional advisor and counselor April Seehafer is the new director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of undergraduate education at Washington State University.

Seehafer will begin her duties as director on Jan. 26, 2016, announced Mary Sanchez Lanier, assistant vice provost. The program’s new office will be in CUE 519-C on the Pullman campus.

She succeeds Sarah Ann Hones, who led the program for its first five years and retired this past summer. Hones’ office was on the third floor of the building.

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WSU Fulbright scholar to study natural cleanup crew in New Zealand

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Jones, Department of Entomology, 404-432-9528, matthew.s.jones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice-Provost, School of Molecular Biosciences, 509-335-2320, sanchez@vetmed.wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Driving thousands of miles to catch dung beetles in traps baited with pig droppings may not sound like glamorous work to most, but for entomology graduate student Matt Jones it is just another day in the field. Jones is Washington State University’s newest recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship. The award will fund his ongoing doctoral research on what he calls nature’s “cleanup crew.” » More …

WSU’s Newest Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. Student Patrick Freeze to Improve Thailand Rice by Decontaminating Soil

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Distinguished Scholarships Program director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Amelia Veneziano, communications staff, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679, aj.veneziano@gmail.com

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University doctoral student Patrick Freeze has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to spend 10 months in Thailand to study reducing toxic cadmium contamination and plant uptake in rural rice paddy soils, with a goal to improve the quality of the grain as a safe food source as well as an export product.

“Patrick’s pursuits in soil science and remediation in combination with his personal interest in improving life through science made him an excellent candidate for support from the nationally funded Fulbright Program,” said Sarah Ann Hones, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program in WSU Undergraduate Education. “We appreciate that he will be an outstanding ambassador of our university and the U.S.”

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WSU undergraduates Justin Niedermeyer and Seth Schneider land national Goldwater scholarships; Angela Rocchi receives honorable mention

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sánchez Lanier, WSU Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-2320, sanchez@wsu.edu

Read our 2015 Fulbright recipients on the Daily EvergreenRead about our 2015 Goldwater scholarship recipients on the Daily Evergreen

PULLMAN, Wash.—The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program has announced that two Washington State University science students have been awarded Goldwater scholarships for 2015, and one student received an honorable mention.

The Goldwater Scholarship winners and future research scientists are Justin F. Niedermeyer, 22, a junior from Milton, Wash., and Seth M. Schneider, 20, a sophomore from Rochester, Wash. Recipient of the Goldwater honorable mention is future physician and research scientist Angela R. Rocchi, 20, a sophomore from Elk, Wash. All three are in the WSU Honors College. » More …

WSU sophomore, Nez Perce Tribal member Rachel Ellenwood receives prestigious, national Udall Award; is university’s first Udall winner

MEDIA: Sarah Ann Hones, Director of Distinguished Scholarship Programs, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239, shones@wsu.edu

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-7767, sanchez@wsu.edu

Rachel Ellenwood, WSU’s first Udall Award winner, rachel.ellenwood@email.wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University sophomore and Nez Perce Tribal member Rachel E. Ellenwood, 32, of Lapwai, Idaho, has won a nationally competitive, distinguished scholarship from the Udall Foundation for 2015. She is the first WSU student to receive a Udall award.

“We are tremendously proud of Rachel and she has become the first WSU student to receive the prestigious Udall Award,” said Mary F. Wack, vice provost for undergraduate education. “Her career goal to become a nurse practitioner for her home tribal community, plus her many academic and service accomplishments so far, made her a strong candidate for the Udall.”

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