Welcome to Scholarships at WSU
At Washington State University, we make every effort to recognize hard-working students, while making an investment in their potential and assisting them in funding their educational goals. Scholarships are an outstanding way to assist students in paying for a college education, because these monies are given without having to be repaid.
At WSU, scholarships are awarded using a variety of factors such as academic achievement, community involvement, employment experiences, areas of study, financial need and several others. While it's true the majority of scholarships are made in the spring for the upcoming academic year, scholarships are awarded year round for the fall and spring terms.
WSU offers incoming freshmen and transfer students as well as continuing students several opportunities to pursue scholarships. In looking at our website, you'll find there are many different scholarships to consider. We recommend you carefully review the information to help you understand the scholarship process and the services available to guide you.
More importantly, remember to submit the WSU General Scholarship Application every year to be eligible for institutional and departmental awards. The application is available mid-fall and the deadline is January 31st. We are committed to our students at WSU and strive to help them find workable and realistic ways to pay for their college educations.
We look forward to serving you in the years to come!
The WSU Scholarships Staff
Student Financial Services Mission Statement & Code of Conduct
How Do I Apply?
University Scholarship Opportunities
Incoming Student Scholarship Programs
Regents Scholars Program
National Merit Scholarships
All - Washington Academic Team
Graduate School Scholarship Opportunities
Urban Campus Scholarships
Global Learning Scholarships
International Programs Scholarships
Private donors are an important factor in helping students obtain scholarships to fund their education, and may be obtained through a variety of sources. We strongly encourage all students to research and apply for "outside" scholarships. These scholarships generally have rotating deadlines and are available throughout the year.
If you do receive a scholarship check direct from an outside donor, send the donor a Scholarship Designation Form to complete and return to WSU University Receivables/Student Accounts at P.O. Box 641039 Pullman, WA 99164-1039. Donors should be encouraged to complete and send this form with a student's check when forwarding scholarship monies to WSU.
We recommend that you visit our Private Donor Listing as well as the following free scholarship searches on a regular basis as they will change due to ongoing deadlines. The following sites are meant to provide you with a starting place in your search for private scholarships.
WSU's Private Donor Listing
Many scholarship providers send us information to pass along to our students. These scholarships tend to be focused on scholarship providers who are from our region, or who are interested specifically in providing funds to WSU students. Click HERE to view the complete private donor listing.
The Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) administers state scholarship programs such as the College Bound Scholarship, Washington Scholars, Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) and the Future Teachers Conditional Scholarship and Loan Repayment programs. For additional information on these and other state programs, and how to apply, please visit the HECB site at www.hecb.wa.gov.
If you are already a recipient of the:
- College Bound Scholarship - additional information may be found here.
- Washington Scholars - contact Alan Shipman to coordinate receipt of your award.
- Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) - contact Alan Shipman to coordinate receipt of your award.
- Future Teacher Conditional Scholarship - contact Heather Morgan to coordinate receipt of your award.
College Success Foundation
The College Success Foundation assists underserved, low-income students with financial support, tools and additional resources through scholarship programs, such as Governor's Scholarship and Leadership 1000. Visit their site, at www.collegesuccessfoundation.org, for more information.
Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program selects 1000 outstanding minority students, across the nation each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship. Awards are granted to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need. For additional information, please visit www.gmsp.org. If you are a current GMS student that needs assistance, please contact Alan Jones at (509) 335-2408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship Information Websites & Searches
Here is a list of web sites that we have found useful. Lending institutions sponsor some of these sites, so you may receive promotional mailings about educational loan opportunities after you conduct your scholarship search. You can find many more similar sites by doing an internet search on the term " free scholarship search".
You can also search the internet directly for scholarships. Using your favorite search engine (such as Google), enter specific search terms. Think about your field of study and who you are. For example: "foundation scholarship music performance" or "scholarship single parent academic."
The Washington Scholarship Coalition, comprised of public and private organizations, announces the launch of theWashBoard.org, making it easier for Washington students to efficiently find and apply for relevant scholarships. Free of cost for both students and providers, theWashBoard.org acts as a clearinghouse with verified scholarship information and matches those seeking scholarship support with those looking to provide it.
This site is sponsored by Sallie Mae and provides a comprehensive source of financial aid resources for college including a free scholarship search.
Along with many other types of college related information (this is the company that administers the SAT) there is a free scholarship search available.
The Mach25 database features a large, easy to use database.
College Planning Network is a Washington State-based organization serving the Pacific Northwest. The “Guide Online” is their free scholarship search.
This free scholarship search and college planning website specializes but is not limited to minority scholarship opportunities. Scholarships can be sorted by the state of Washington and by major. Most minority scholarships available on the internet are represented on this website including these ethnic groups: Asian, African-American, Women, Native American, Non-Traditional and Hispanic.
This site features general scholarship information, as well as the FastWeb Scholarship Search.
This site features scholarship listings and the free e-book, “Scholarship Search Secrets”
SuperCollege is a publisher of college planning books. Their site offers a number of services including a free scholarship search.
With Raise, anyone can earn money for college starting in 9th grade based on their achievements in school and life. They call these awards "micro-scholarships", and you can earn them for the things you may already be doing, like getting good grades, doing community service, or even playing sports.
This carefully researched list contains 52 pages of up-to-date information about scholarships available for students that don't contain criteria regarding U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency, as well as advice and tips for writing winning scholarship applications.
Additional Scholarship Search Information
Never pay for a scholarship search! No matter what some sites may say, all of the information they have is available for free. Organizations that would charge a fee for this information - or charge a fee to apply for a scholarship - are very likely scams and should be avoided. All of the sites we have listed under “Scholarship Information Websites” are free.
Take a look at several of these sites to see which ones might work best for you. They don't necessarily all have the same information. And some of them may be specialized for particular types of students.
For the best results, treat your search for scholarship funding like a small part-time job. A good strategy is to have a scheduled weekly time to check in with your favorite scholarship web sites and to work on scholarship applications. Keep this up year-round for as long as you're a student. You'll find the right scholarships to apply for and never miss a deadline.
How do I get scholarships at WSU?
This page is your best resource for information on different avenues for applying for scholarships, including the completion of the Scholarship Application.
Do I have to be admitted to WSU before I can apply for scholarships?
No. If you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, you can complete your scholarship application at the same time that you complete your admission application. In fact, it is strongly recommended that you do so!
When will I know if I received a WSU scholarship?
Scholarship awarding begins in the fall, once the Scholarship Application becomes available. After the January 31st deadline, much of the awarding process will happen between February and August. However, we will continue to award scholarships throughout the academic year. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be notified by post mail.
How do I apply for scholarships available through my college and/or department?
While many use the WSU Scholarship Application to select their recipients, we recommend contacting your academic area of interest to inquire about their specific process, which may include additional applications or deadlines. You do not necessarily have to be certified into a specific major to receive a scholarship from the college or department. For assistance in locating your academic area of interest, Click Here.
Do I need to re-apply each year for scholarships?
Yes! You need to complete the Scholarship Application every year that you attend WSU. You may or may not have to re-apply each for specific scholarships that you’ve been awarded. Please contact our office for specific information on your scholarships. You can email us at email@example.com.
Do I need to complete a FAFSA to be eligible for scholarships?
Although it is not required for you to complete the FAFSA to qualify for scholarships, you may not be considered for certain need-based scholarships covered by the Scholarship Application without completing the FAFSA, also.
Is WSU a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program?
Yes. The Cougar Academic Award is offered to incoming freshmen from outside the state of Washington. This award is offered at a $4,000 and $9,000 levels. The $9,000 level serves as WSU’s Western Undergraduate Exchange scholarship. For specific information on program requirements, please visit this Page.
If I receive a scholarship, will it change my financial aid?
If you receive a scholarship award, an adjustment in need-based aid will be required only if the amount of your scholarship exceeds your Cost-of-Attendance or your calculated need. Self-help (such as loans and Federal Work-Study) will always be reduced first, before any adjustment to the grant portion of your award is made.
Can I use my scholarship while I’m participating in a Study Abroad program?
Most scholarships can be used while you are studying abroad, but you need to contact Scholarship Services for specific information before you go abroad. Please call (509-335-9711) or stop by our office (380 Lighty Student Services) for more information.
I am a current scholarship recipient – what requirements do I need to meet to renew my scholarship?
Your original award letter will let you know what requirements you need to meet. Unless you are notified directly from Scholarship Services, you must meet all the criteria as it is outlined in your award letter. If you do not have a copy of your original award letter, please contact our office for specifics.
If I'm accepted into the Pharmacy or Veterinary Medicine professional programs, can I use my scholarship?
Many of the centrally-awarded university scholarships cannot be used while you are attending a professional program, but please contact the Student Financial Services office (509-335-9711), for more information. However, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine do have their own scholarships that you can apply for once you have entered the program. You should visit the program's website or contact their Student Services office for information on these scholarships.
My scholarship donor needs proof that I’m enrolled at WSU, how do I get that?
You can directly download an Enrollment Verification Form from the Office of the Registrar’s website.
My scholarship donor needs to mail my scholarship check to the university. What address do they send it to?
Checks can be made out to Washington State University, and mailed to University Receivables, PO Box 641039, Pullman, WA 99164-1039.
What information should my private donor include with their scholarship check?
This Scholarship Designation Form should be sent by donors with your scholarship check, to the WSU University Receivables Office. It includes specific information that will assist us in releasing funds in a timely manner.
How many Regents scholarships do you award each year to incoming freshmen?
The number of Regents Scholar recipients varies year to year. Generally, there are about 250 Regents Scholars and 10 Distinguished Scholars awarded each academic year. Please note that high school seniors must be nominated by their school or tribe in order to be eligible for this scholarship.
If I receive other institution or outside scholarships in addition to the Regents, can I use my Regents Scholarship to cover WSU room and board?
Yes, the Regents Scholarship can be used for room and board in most situations. However, the Regents cannot be combined with the University Achievement Award or a National Merit Scholarship Award. It's best to email or call Scholarships Services to discuss your individual situation if needed. Please also remember to notify Scholarship Services of any outside scholarships you receive during the academic year.
Can I use my Regents or Distinguished Regents Scholarship while I'm studying abroad?
Yes, your Regents Scholarship (both Regents and Distinguished Scholar levels) may be used while studying abroad. However, if your Regents Scholarship includes "Room" as one of the items covered in the scholarship, this amount will be not be included while abroad. All Regents Scholarship funds will disburse on the first day of class or 10 days prior to your program start date whichever is later.
For more frequently asked questions about Regents, click here
National Merit Scholarship
If a NM Scholarship recipient takes more than 18 credits will the extra tuition charges be covered?
No, the NM Scholarship covers tuition up to 18 credits. Any tuition charges for over 18 credits are the responsibility of the student.
Will NM Scholarship pay for mandatory fees?
No, the NM Scholarship covers tuition only (up to 18 credits).
Is the NM Scholarship available for study abroad?
The NM Scholarship can only be applied if the student is participating in a program where they will be paying tuition directly to WSU. In that case, the NM Scholarship is for the cost of WSU tuition (up to 18 credits).
Can a Washington resident receive the University
Achievement Award (UAA) and/or Regents Scholars award AND the National Merit Scholarship?
No, the National Merit Scholarship cannot be awarded in combination with UAA and/or Regents Scholars award.
Can a non-resident receive the Cougar Academic Award (CAA) AND the National Merit Scholarship?
No, the National Merit Scholarship cannot be awarded in combination with the Cougar Academic Award.
I am an entering freshman with the National Merit Scholarship for full tuition. Do I have to pay the $200 tuition deposit?
No, you do not need to pay the $200 deposit, but you do have to confirm your admission by contacting Heather Morgan at 509-335-7126 or by email.
Scholarship Terms and Conditions
Conditions and fund availability:
Cougar Academic Award ($36,000 Level - $9,000/year)
Cougar Academic Award ($16,000 Level - $4,000/year)
University Achievement Award ($8,000 Level - $4,000/year)
University Achievement Award ($4,000 Level - $2,000/year)