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Financial Aid Department

Scholarship Center

WWU Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

These scholarships are available for freshmen, regardless of college credits earned through Running Start, AP or IB, and transfer students. The Admissions Scholarship Committee selects recipients based on admissions application materials information and the FAFSA if applicable. For more information on Admissions scholarships please call (360) 650-3440, email admit@wwu.edu, or visit https://admissions.wwu.edu/scholarship-opportunities.

Admission with Highest Honors

Students ranking in the top 5% of our incoming freshman class based on cumulative GPA and test scores are Admitted with Highest Honors and offered a merit scholarship. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.


All-Washington Academic Team Scholarships

Each community college in Washington State is invited to nominate two students, including Running Start students, to the All-Washington Academic Team based on academic achievement and community service. Western guarantees a minimum of $2,000 in total scholarship funding to any member of the All-Washington Academic Team who enrolls at Western. Consult with your community college advisor for details.


James Michael Haskell Memorial Scholarships

Entering freshmen from Washington State who demonstrate an exemplary record of academic achievement as well as financial need may be eligible for a James Michael Haskell Scholarship. Awards are $2,500 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $10,000. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.


John and Inda Mayfield Slater Scholarship Endowment

This scholarship supports an entering freshman at Western Washington University who is a graduate of a high school in Washington State, with preference given to graduates of Whatcom County high schools. The scholarship is awarded to students who have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Individual awards range from $500 to $1,000 and is dependent upon annual funding. Recipients are identified through admission application material; no separate application is necessary.


Lorraine M. Mortimer Scholarship

Recognizes an entering freshman from Washington who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, financial need, a history of community-oriented activities, and potential for leadership at Western Washington University. The award covers tuition and fees for four years. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.


National Merit Scholarships

Western Washington University recognizes National Merit Finalists with a guarantee of a minimum scholarship award combination of $10,000 across all university scholarships, distributed over four years of consecutive undergraduate study. To be eligible, National Merit Finalists must indicate Western Washington University as their first choice school on their Online Scholarship Application (OSA) with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by May 15.


Oswald Hall and Henny Lund Scholarship

Recognizes a new freshman with $6,800 per year for four years of study, for a total scholarship of $27,200. Selection criteria include outstanding academic achievement and financial need. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.


Western Achievement Award (WAA)

The Western Achievement Award is a competitive $20,000-$24,000 merit scholarship for incoming first-year students that provides a $5,000-$6,000 per year tuition waiver for four years of study. The WAA is awarded based on academic performance measured by both unweighted cumulative high school GPA and standardized test scores. Recipients have a 3.6 GPA and a 24 ACT or 1180 SAT on average and have taken rigorous coursework throughout high school. 

The WAA is awarded based on information provided in the application for admission, no separate application is required. Students are notified of their scholarship by mail after the point of admission. Scholarship notification begins in early December and students are notified by mid-April.


Western Award for Excellence (WAE)

This highly competitive $32,000 merit scholarship for incoming first-year students provides an $8,000 per year tuition waiver for four years of study. The WAE is awarded based on academic performance, including unweighted cumulative GPA and standardized test scores. On average, recipients have a 3.8 GPA and a 28 ACT or 1310 SAT and have taken rigorous coursework throughout high school.

The Western Award for Excellence is awarded based on information provided in the application for admission, no separate application is required.  Students are notified of their scholarship by mail typically 3-4 weeks after the point of admission. Scholarship notification begins in early December and students are notified by mid-April.


Western Emerging Leaders Alumni Scholarships

Multiple one-year, $1,000 scholarships are awarded to new Western students based on academic achievement and leadership potential. The Emerging Leaders Alumni Scholarship is funded through the generous support of WWU Alumni, and selection is based upon information included in the application for admission. Preference is given to students who are relatives of WWU alumni. No separate application is necessary.


Western Foundation Scholarships

The generous contributions of individuals and businesses in the greater Bellingham and Seattle area support multiple $2,000 scholarships for new freshmen and transfers who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Recipients are eligible to study in any field of interest. Recipients are identified through admission application materials; no separate application is necessary.


Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program allows select non-resident students the opportunity to attend a participating university at a reduced rate of tuition. Typically, the WUE program reduces non-resident tuition to 150% of the in-state rate for four years of study. For the 2019-20 academic year, the WUE award at Western is $13,100 per year, or $52,400 over four years (tuition for 2019-20 will be approximately $9,758).

First-year applicants who are residents of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming may be considered for the WUE at Western.

The WUE is our most prestigious non-resident scholarship and is highly competitive. Typically, the top 25% of our incoming first-year students from participating states are granted this tuition waiver based on their academic performance. Unlike many universities participating in the WUE program, we do not limit or restrict the majors students can pursue while enrolled at Western.


Western Washington University Presidential Scholarships

These highly competitive merit scholarships for incoming freshmen who are residents of Washington state are based on students' academic performance measured by both their high school grade point average and standardized test score (either ACT or SAT). Presidential Scholarships range from $1,000-$6,000 and are awarded for the freshman year.  Roughly the top third of admitted freshmen are Admitted with Distinction or Honors and are considered for some level of Presidential Scholarship.

Selection for these scholarships is based on information provided in the application for admission, including cumulative GPA, test scores and rigorous coursework.  No separate scholarship application is required.