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Bonnie J. Barthold Award

This award honors the life and work of Bonnie J. Barthold, former English professor, who is an inspirational figure, particularly in the education of and about ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities. This award is open to an ethnic minority student or student with a disability majoring or minoring in English whose academic accomplishment, service commitment, or professional goals will contribute to social justice or diversity. Together with the application form, applicants must submit no more than 15 pages of creative or scholarly work and a one-page statement reflecting on how they have met the criteria for the award.

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 2015. 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 period for this scholarship has passed. Please contact the Scholarship Center if you have questions about this scholarship.

Kaiser-Borsari Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship funded by the Kaiser-Borsari Educational Foundation and is awarded to a student majoring in Engineering Technology. Applicants must be full-time women or minority students with substantial financial need. Students must also demonstrate high academic potential combined with creativity and leadership qualities. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be used to determine degree of financial need. This FAFSA should be submitted to the federal processing center by the WWU priority date of January 31st.

Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarship

The Multicultural Achievement Program (MAP) Scholarship is available for continuing students at Western. New WWU students do not need to complete this application; MAP Scholarship consideration for incoming freshman and transfer students is processed via the admissions application.

Applicants must demonstrate solid academic abilities, strong leadership qualities and a commitment to multicultural issues and activities in school or the community. Financial need will be assessed.  Applicants must:

  • be a full-time (12 credit hours per quarter) undergraduate student at WWU during prior academic year (foreign study, off-campus, and other non-state supported programs are not eligible).
  • be enrolled at WWU for at least one quarter prior to application deadline and possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3.
  • Priority consideration is given to applicants who file a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), demonstrating financial need.

Contact Information:

The application period for this scholarship has passed. Please contact the Scholarship Center if you have questions about this scholarship.

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.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate Western Washington University student.
  • New 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.
  • Recipients of this award may re-apply for subsequent years.

Contact Information:

The application period for this scholarship has passed. Please contact the Scholarship Center if you have questions about this scholarship.

U.S. Bank Minority Scholarships

Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate majors in the College of Business and Economics. Recipients must be declared majors in the College of Business and Economics, a member of an ethnic minority group (American Indian, African American, Hispanic American, Asian American/Pacific Islander), have a permanent residence in a community served by U.S. Bank, and demonstrate strong academic merit and potential. This scholarship is privately funded. Scholarships for the College of Business and Economics are available to students of pre-major and full-major status in all college departments based on scholarship criteria. The completion of one application is sufficient to be considered for each scholarship where the criteria established by donors are met. This includes scholarships that are specific to majors/concentrations and minority status.

Willis Ball Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors Willis L. Ball, class of 1956, the first African American to graduate from Western Washington University in 1956. The scholarship is for an undergraduate student of color who is majoring in Physical Education, Health Education or Recreation. Demonstration of academic promise, community service, and financial need are considered when awarding the scholarship. The amount of the award varies from year to year. This scholarship is privately funded.

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