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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement Distinguished Scholarships Program

WSU Distinguished Scholars Celebrated at Fall Event

Closeup of Distinguished Scholars pin

MEDIA: April Seehafer, WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, 509-335-8239,

WSU Distinguished Scholars at the fall 2016 Celebration (l to r): Provost and Executive V.P. Daniel J. Bernardo; Logan Weyand; Travis King; Rachel “Chedda” Ellenwood; Tillie Torpey; Ryan Summers: Keesha Matz; Jackson Peven; Patrick Freeze; Distinguished Scholarships Program Director April Seehafer

PULLMAN, Wash.—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.

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Freshman Scholars Progression 2015

More than 150 high-achieving students attended the first annual Freshman Scholars Progression on January 30, 2015 in the CUB Junior Ballrooms. All freshmen who had earned at 3.8 GPA or better in fall semester 2014 were invited to the event to receive recognition for that accomplishment. Students also met with faculty and staff members at 19 resource tables to learn about WSU resources and programs available to help them “progress” as scholars. » More …

Distinguished Scholars Gathering 2014

This networking event provided an opportunity for student attendees to find out how prestigious awards are earned. Previous winners of distinguished awards, which included Abdoul Amar, Mayumi Clark, Jalisa Harris, Janita Harris, Kajsa Hendrickson, Svetlana Lockwood, Nicholas Negretti, Justin Niedemeyer, Alyssa Norris, Phil Pitts, Grace Reed, Joey Redmon, and Julian Reyes, met with attendees to answer questions about their experiences in pursuing distinguished scholarships and how they prepared themselves to be competitive. » More …

Celebrate Distinguished Scholars 2014

Our inaugural Celebrate Distinguished Scholars event was a ceremony to dedicate the WSU Distinguished Scholars Gallery, which was created to honor recent and past WSU recipients of prestigious, nationally competitive scholarships. WSU Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Mary F. Wack gave welcoming remarks. WSU Provost and Executive Vice President Daniel J. Bernardo formally recognized the WSU Distinguished Scholars who were in attendance and presented each with a special commemorative pin. » More …