of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program
Each fall, winter, and spring, the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program hosts annual events focused on our students and alumni who seek prestigious, nationally competitive awards that provide great educational experiences.
Distinguished Scholars Celebration
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. The most-recent Celebration was on Oct. 19, 2018.
Freshman Scholars Progression
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. The most recent Progression was on Jan. 29, 2019.
At each annual Progression in January:
- 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. The celebration luncheon is held each year in CUE 518. The most recent Reception was on March 1, 2019.