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American Indian Endowed Scholarship

The American Indian Endowed Scholarship program helps financially needy students with close ties to a Native American community to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. Scholarship money comes from interest generated through an endowment funded by private contributions and the state. Students can use the scholarships at public colleges and universities and accredited independent colleges, universities and career schools in Washington. The program annually awards about 15 new scholarships ranging from about $500 to $2,000. Students are eligible to receive scholarships for up to five years.

Contact Information:

American Indian Endowed Scholarship Program at the Washington Student Achievement Council. Phone: 360.753.7843

Application Link:

Garfield High School Scholarship

One or more entering freshman from Garfield High School will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Academic achievement and financial need are primary considerations in the selection process. Preference shall be given to an African American student. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.

Guadalupe & Tom Nerini Sr. Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes the achievements of students who are undocumented immigrants as established by House Bill 1079.


  • Must be admitted to WWU and qualify for resident tuition under the provisions established by HB 1079.
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time (12+ credits) undergraduate student for Fall 2017. Preference is given to returning WWU students.
  • Priority is given to students with demonstrated financial need as determined by the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).

Contact Information:

The application deadline for 2017-2018 has passed. Please check back in spring 2018 regarding availability for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarship

The Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarship is available for incoming freshman and transfer students and is awarded based on the information in the application for admission.  MAP scholarships range from $2,000-$3,000 and are awarded to students whose applications demonstrate and ongoing commitment to multiculturalism.  Interested students are encourage to use the application essay to demonstrate how they are actively promoting multiculturalism in their schools or communities.  Alternatively, to be considered, students may also submit a separate MAP scholarship essay to Priority is given to residents of Washington state who submit their application by the January 31 deadline.

Contact Information:

More information about the MAP scholarship is available at or contact the Office of Admissions at or (360) 650-3440.

Nabhi Ram Joshi Scholarship

This scholarship was established by one of Western’s most devoted patrons, Miriam Snow Mathes, in memory of Nabhi Ram Joshi, a foreign student who passed through the University over 90 years ago. One scholarship will be awarded for 2017-2018.


  • Full-time undergraduate Western Washington University students. Incoming freshmen and transfer students are eligible to apply. 
  • Scholarship applicants must either have been born in India or have a parent or grandparent born in India.
  • Applicants must demonstrate strong leadership qualities as well as high academic merit.

Contact Information:

The application deadline for 2017-2018 has passed. Please check back in spring 2018 regarding availability for the 2018-2019 academic year.

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