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WSU Undergraduate Education Distinguished Scholarships Program

Fulbright ETA distinguished scholarship awarded to Gregory K. Walker, WSU Vancouver graduate

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

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University Vancouver graduate Gregory K. Walker has received from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award to teach in Spain.

Walker, who graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor of arts degree in English, planned to travel to Spain early in 2017. He will be placed in a classroom to assist a local teacher.

As a Fulbright ETA, his charge will be to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while also increasing his own language skills and knowledge of the host country.

Language and Art

In his application to Fulbright, Walker described his plan to “explore the intersection between language and art” and involve his students in Spain in a club focused on discussions on art and artists and popular culture media such as comics and graphic novels.

Upon his return to the U.S., Walker intends to continue his education and earn a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Prior to WSU Vancouver, he earned an associate’s degree at Clark College, also in Vancouver.

Three WSU Fulbright’s in Past Year

Walker’s ETA brings the number of Fulbright’s earned in the past year at WSU to three; the two others are pursuing research and study in Honduras and Germany. Walker’s distinguished scholarship also brings the total number of WSU Fulbright’s to 26. Among those is another WSU Vancouver graduate, Eric Dexter, who studied in Switzerland thanks to his 2014 award.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for all students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, and university, primary, and secondary school teaching worldwide. It awards around 1,900 grants annually and operates in more than 140 countries.

Of 409 applicants in the current cycle, Walker is one of 49 selected for an ETA in Spain.

WSU Sophomore Lysandra Perez Receives Prestigious Gilman International Scholarship

Portrait photo of Lysandra Perez

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

PULLMAN, Wash.—Yakima sophomore Lysandra Perez, a psychology student at Washington State University, has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Dept. of State to study abroad in Italy in spring 2017.

Perez is one of more than 850 American undergraduates from 359 U.S. colleges and universities who will get up to $5,000 in spring to apply toward the cost of study abroad or an international internship. There were five applicants from WSU for this award in spring.

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WSU Hosts D.C. Executive Susan Sharp to Present on National Boren Awards Nov. 16

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

UPDATE ON 11-17-2016:

Susan Sharp detailed the Boren Awards program to a student, faculty, and staff audience in Pullman Nov. 16.


PULLMAN, Wash.—Susan Sharp, assistant director of the Boren Awards for International Study program, will discuss its scholarships, fellowships, initiatives, and application processes from 12:10-1:00 p.m. Wed., Nov. 16, in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) 407 at Washington State University.

Pizza will be served at this event, which is free and open to the public. It is hosted by the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program, said Director April Seehafer.

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

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

MEDIA: Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239,

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,

MEDIA: Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice Provost, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-8239,

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,

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,

Mary Sanchez Lanier, Assistant Vice-Provost, School of Molecular Biosciences, 509-335-2320,

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,

Amelia Veneziano, communications staff, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,

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,

Mary Sánchez Lanier, WSU Assistant Vice Provost, 509-335-2320,

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 …