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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

Our Latest Annual Event

Distinguished Scholars Celebration

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About This Event

The entire university community is invited to this annual, fall networking event to celebrate all WSU students who received a distinguished scholarship that year. Each awardee is recognized and given a unique WSU Distinguished Scholar pin. The names of all awardees are included in the informational, permanent display in the WSU Distinguished Scholars Gallery in the Compton Union Building, the site of this annual event. The first Distinguished Scholars Celebration was held in 2014 and coincided with the dedication of the Distinguished Scholars Gallery.

When and Where

The 2020 Celebration was conducted in a virtual format due to restrictions associated with COVID-19. Guests joined the online event using YouTube Live.

Who We Celebrated

Awardees were students or graduates from WSU in Pullman unless otherwise noted. Those celebrated in 2020 were:

  • Thomas LeClair, Fulbright U.S. Student awardee, currently in Wales studying marine biology
  • Kristian Gubsch, WSU’s first Marshall Scholar, currently in England pursing two master’s degrees in engineering related to the environment and chemical engineering related to the environment
  • Sean Thompson, Goldwater, studying genetics and cell biology
  • Anna Blackburn, Gilman, planning to study and travel in Australia and Thailand
  • Rebekah Gaxiola, NSF GRF, pursing graduate studies in biology (WSU Vancouver)
  • Julianna Brutman, NSF GRF, pursuing graduate studies in neuroscience
  • Marc Beer, NSF GRF, pursuing graduate studies in evolutionary biology
  • Patrick Robichaud, Truman finalist, studying civil engineering
  • Vanessa Giramata, WSU’s first Schwarzman finalist, who graduated in economic sciences and French
  • Ryan Booth, Fulbright-Nehru Scholar, who conducted Ph.D. research in India and is now teaching history at WSU Vancouver
  • Garrett Snedeker, Fulbright, who earned his master’s degree in music at London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Our Other Annual Events

Freshman Scholars Progression

Preview of the photo gallery from inaugural 2015 Progression event.

This invitation-only, mid-winter event is to inspire high-achieving freshmen to consider pursuing prestigious, nationally competitive awards to broaden their educational experience and boost their résumés.

At each annual Progression:

  • Students who earned a top GPA in fall semester are recognized for this achievement.
  • Top faculty and staff members explain to tables of students what steps can be taken along the paths to distinguished scholarships.

Distinguished Scholars Reception

This spring event is to honor the year’s distinguished scholarship applicants as well as their faculty and staff mentors, and to pay tribute to Distinguished Scholarships Program Board of Advisors and committee members.