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Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane

The VP of Health Sciences / WSU Spokane Chancellor’s Student Leadership and Community Engagement Scholarship

Introduction:

The Vice President of Health Sciences and WSU Spokane Chancellor established the “Student Leadership and Community Engagement Scholarship” to award scholarship aid to currently enrolled health sciences students who are committed to leadership, community engagement, health equity, and the WSU Health Sciences Spokane mission. The award is for $2500 and is applicable to the upcoming fall semester/term.

Eligibility:

Full-time, enrolled undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who will be enrolled at WSUS for the upcoming fall 2022 fall semester/term.

Application Process:

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants need to submit written responses addressing the applicant’s leadership skills, community engagement, and commitment to health equity. Additionally, applicants will be asked to discuss how the mission and vision of WSU Health Sciences Spokane (WSUS) resonates with them. Items to be included in the application packet:

  • Completed Scholarship Application
  • List of leadership positions at WSUS (may include clubs, organizations, committees, etc)
  • List of campus and community organizations or projects the applicant has been involved with since becoming a WSUS student.
  • One recommendation letter that speaks to the applicant’s leadership skills, community involvement, and commitment to health equity. The letter may come from a faculty or staff members or supervisor.
  • Answers to the following three questions:
      • Briefly describe your philosophy of health care providers as community leaders and how your community engagement demonstrates that philosophy?
      • Briefly explain your thoughts about health equity and your commitment to health equity as a student and as a professional?
      • Please read the mission and vision of WSU Spokane below and describe how it resonates with you personally.

    Mission: The campus’s mission is to build the intellectual, creative, and practical abilities of individuals, communities, and institutions. It does so by actively fostering learning, inquiry, and public service, and by engaging with constituents in enhancing quality of life and economic vitality.

    Vision: WSU Spokane is an entrepreneurial, health sciences campus, where world-class scholars, health care practitioners, students and community partners collaborate in teams to teach, learn, design and make discoveries that lead to measurably healthier people and communities.

Equal Opportunity Consideration

WSU does not discriminate based on race, sex and/or gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, genetic information, status as an honorably discharged veteran or member of the military, physical, mental or sensory disability including the use of a trained service animal, and immigration or citizenship status, except as authorized by federal or state law, regulation, or government contract.

All scholarship applicants are considered equally, based upon their merits and the strength of their application. The scholarship is open to all all enrolled WSU Spokane and Yakima students including U.S. citizens, legal residents, international students, and undocumented students.

The application closes on March 4, 2022. This award is for the fall 2022 semester.

If you have any questions, please contact Logan Steele.

Selection Process:

The WSUS Scholarship Committee will review all completed applicants and select three to four finalists. Finalists will be sent to the VP/Chancellor of Health Sciences for the final selection. Applications and applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Completeness of application
  • Responses to the three questions that clearly demonstrate the applicant’s:
    • Engagement with the WSUS community and the community at large
    • Explanation of a leadership philosophy and demonstration of leadership ability
    • Commitment to health equity
    • Commitment to the WSU Health Sciences Spokane mission
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Plan to enroll in the fall semester

Contributions and commitments are not necessarily demonstrated by quantity of organizations or activities but can be shown by depth of work with a specific organization or activity.

Selection Committee

Consists of faculty and staff from each college and campus representatives.

Award:

The committee will select three to four students who will be forwarded to the Vice President and Chancellor for his final decision on the two awarded students. Each student will be awarded $2,500 credited to their WSU account. The funds will be credited once students are enrolled in the fall semester. Recipients who do not enroll in the fall semester, forfeit the award and the Scholarship Committee will make a determination if it will go to another applicant.

The awarded students will be expected to write a letter of gratitude to the donor who made the scholarships possible. Scholarship awards will not be posted to student accounts until thank you letters are received.

These are one-year, non-renewable awards. Recipients will be awarded the scholarship once and be ineligible to receive it in future years.