For Pursuing Distinguished Scholarships
Resources Provided by the Distinguished Scholarships Program at WSU
Distinguished Scholarships Workshops
The Distinguished Scholarships Program offers a variety of workshops to help you prepare for the scholarships that you are interested in. A workshop schedule and description of the workshops are available on the calendar section of our website.
One-to-One Distinguished Scholarship Advising
All students interested in a Distinguished Scholarship should schedule an appointment as early in their career as possible with the Director of Distinguished Scholarships. Individualized mentoring will help students build personal portfolios that emphasize achievements and the qualities necessary to successfully apply for national awards.
Other Useful WSU Resources
There are many resources available at WSU that will provide support as you build your eligibility for awards.
Office of Undergraduate Research
The WSU-wide Office of Undergraduate Research guides students from all majors as they engage is research, scholarship, or creative activities. The office provides drop in hours to work with peer mentors as well as scholarships in support of research.
SURCA: Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
This event is an opportunity for all undergraduates to present their research and creative activities. It is the single largest event available to undergraduates on campus. It is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research.
Center for Civic Engagement
The Center for Civic Engagement offers WSU students, faculty, campus departments, and community partners opportunities to share knowledge, skills, and resources for the benefit of learning and the well being of our communities.
Public Policy and Public Service
The Thomas S. Foley Institute at WSU
The Foley Institute provides public affairs programming and education, supports student engagement in public service, and fosters scholarly research on public policy and political institution in a nonpartisan setting.
Office of International Programs
Education abroad can be a life changing experience – the opportunities for an education abroad experience are many. The Global Learning Education Abroad office provides support for students interested in these opportunities.
Academic Success and Career Center: Get information about careers and internships that you might be interested in. Award organizations want to see that you are well informed of and serious about the careers and services to society that they promote.
Effective Written Communication
Writing Program: The writing program at WSU assist thousands of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff annually. Their assistance could be instrumental in making the written portions of your application as strong as possible.
Peer Tutoring: Because grades are considered an indicator of how well you have mastered of an area of knowledge, excellent grades are essential for all scholarships. Moreover, you will be competing with other students who are at the top of their game academically. If you need a little extra help with your courses outside of the confines of the lecture hall and office hours, consider hiring a tutor.
There are many helpful resources for pursuing distinguished scholarships that are available to you on the Internet. Below, we have listed some websites that we have found to be particularly beneficial.
Writing Personal Statements
- Penn State: Marshall and Rhodes essays samples
- Kansas State: Writing Scholarship Essays: Provides excellent guidance on how to write strong personal statements that, through the power of effective storytelling, clearly convey the synergy between your own goals and the mission of the scholarship organization you are targeting.
- Lululemon Athletica: Core concepts of goal setting. Scholarship organizations provide awards because they are making an investment toward a bright future for humanity—and they are looking for students who, because of those students’ clear sense of vision and matching set of effective goals, will yield a good return on that investment.
- Samford University: How to study. Learning is a very complex process that involves different approaches that work more or less effectively for different people. It is important to take a step back to consider whether your own learning habits are as optimal as they could be—and your grades could benefit from the exercise.
For International Students
Many scholarships and fellowships require US citizenship. The websites below provide information on scholarships for international students.
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
E4FC has updated and re-released a 2013-14 version of their List of Scholarships That Don’t Require Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency. It includes 30 new scholarships that were not on the last list, and is now (very helpfully) divided between national scholarships and those restricted to students in the Bay Area/California.
Grinnell College Scholarship List
This list provided by Grinnell College links to approximately 100 different opportunities that accept applications from international students. (Thanks to members of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors, who assembled the opportunities on this list.)
Databases and Other Resources
- International Education Financial Aid
- International Scholarship Search
- Institute for International Education’s “Funding for US Study”