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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 2016 application period for this scholarship has passed. This scholarship will re-open in March of 2017. Please contact the Scholarship Center if you have any questions.


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 2016 application period for this scholarship has passed. This scholarship will re-open in March of 2017. Please contact the Scholarship Center if you have any questions.


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 2016 application period for this scholarship has passed. This scholarship will re-open in March of 2017. Please contact the Scholarship Center if you have any questions.


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