Student Financial Services
Never pay for a scholarship search. A number of reputable, free, web-based scholarship services exist. Many scholarship scams also exist. We have included some web-based services at the bottom of this list and others can be found in the Outside Scholarships section of the WSU Pullman financial aid website.
General WSU Scholarships
Generally, Washington State University scholarships are frequently awarded based on the following: Academic Merit, Financial Need, Merit and Need, Area of Study or Group Affiliation (for example, a credit union member, fraternity or sorority member, Washington State University employee’s dependent, etc.)
Outside WSU Private Donor & Endowed Scholarships
WSU in Pullman also maintains a list of Outside Scholarships on its website and those include scholarships from the state of Washington, the Gates Millenium Scholars program, the College Success Foundation, and a list of private donor scholarships not held within the University but available to, and established for, university students.
WSU Spokane Scholarships List
WSU Spokane Student Affairs periodically receives information about privately endowed scholarships. These are posted here:
- AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship: awarded to women age 50 and over. Award amount ranges from $500-$5000.
- Academic Invest: information on available scholarships, grants, bursaries and awards to assist students with funding their education. Opportunities are primarily available for Canadian students but all are encouraged to use the site.
- African American Scholarships: Resources for scholarships and internships for African American students.
- American Association of Univeristy Women (AAUW): These grants provide assistance to women who, through additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes, are making career changes, seeking to advance in current… more » careers, or reentering the workforce. Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields.
All courses of study must occur at a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed and/or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
- American Business Women’s Association Spokane Falls Chapter: A one-time award of $500 for students attending a college within a 100-mile radius of Spokane. Applicants must be at least in their junior year in the Fall Semester. Financial need, progress toward completion of degree and contributions to community and success of other women are considered. Contact Information: ABWA Scholarship c/o Gretchen Hoffman, 4207 N. Ash, Spokane, WA 99205, 509-326-7067, email@example.com
- American Cancer Society Cancer Survivor Scholarship: Criteria for eligibility: college-bound or college-enrolled; diagnosed with cancer before age of 21; age 25 or younger at time of application; a U.S. citizen and legal resident of AK, AZ, CO, ID, MT, ND, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, or WY; accepted without condition to an accredited university, college, community college, or vocational/technical school; must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above; must become a full-time student. $1000 scholarship award. Contact info: 1-800-ACS-2345 For more info: www.cancer.org
- American Indian College Fund: Established in 1989
- Americorps: Opportunities for volunteers to receive money for college
- Arc of Washington Trust Fund: Up to $5,000 maximum award. Applicants should be upper division or graduate students with a demonstrated interest in the field of Intellectual or other Developmental Disabilities.
- Army Nurse Corps Association: $3,000 scholarship. Criteria: Nursing or anesthesia students who plan to enter a component of the US Army and are enrolled in a program not funded by a component of the US Army. Nursing or anesthesia students who have previously served in a component of the US Army. Army Nurse Corps officers in a component of the US Army enrolled in a baccalaureate or graduate nursing or nurse anesthesia program not funded by a component of the US Army. Army enlisted soldiers in a component of the US Army enrolled in a baccalaureate nursing program not funded by a component of the US Army. Nursing or anesthesia students whose parent(s), spouse and/or children are or have served in a component of the US Army.
- Arthur and Doreen Parrett Scholarship Fund: From $1,000 to $3,000. Criteria: must be a Washington state resident enrolled full-time in an accredited institution and at least a college sophomore. Graduate students eligible. More information available from Parrett Scholarship Foundation, c/o US Bank of Washington, Trustee, PO Box 720, Seattle, WA 98111-0720.
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – Spokane chapter: The Spokane Chapter of the ACFE offers two types of scholarships each school year. The scholarships are open to four-year degree and graduate students attending a university in Central or Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, pursuing degrees relevant to fraud and including: accounting, criminal justice, law, law enforcement, and fraud education. Application and instructions.
- Blinded Veterans Association: Six $1000 scholarships will be awarded to dependent children and/or spouses of blinded veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Applications are available by mailing The Kathern F. Gruber Scholarship Program, Blinded Veterans Association, 477 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001-2694. For additional assistance, please contact Ms. Tam Emanuel, Scholarship Coordinator, at 202-371-8880, Ext. 3319; or at firstname.lastname@example.org
- ‘Catching the Dream’ Native American Scholarship: Available to high-achieving students who are at least 1/4 degree Native American and are enrolled members of a U.S. tribe. Student must have a high GPA, have a high ACT and/or SAT score, and be attending an accredited college or university on a full-time basis in the US to be eligible for this award. Open to all fields of study. Deadlines: March 15 for summer, April 15 for fall, and September 15 for winter.
- Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington: Preference given to students majoring in history, education, or English. Two $750 scholarships will be awarded.
Applicants must be a descendent of a person establishing resident in one of these states: Washington State – during or prior to 1870, Oregon State – during or prior to 1853, Idaho – during or prior to 1863, Montana – (west of the crest of the Rocky Mountains) during or prior to 1863.
- Education Abroad: For students who want to study abroad
- Epsilon Sigma Alpha — Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Roberta Smith Nursing Scholarship: This $750 scholarship is offered to a “woman in transition.” Requirements are that the woman must be attending a community college or university in the Inland Northwest as at least a sophomore in the fall. She must be a woman returning to college who will eventually return to the work field.
- Executive Women International of Spokane ASIST Scholarship: Two scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded to two adults students striving to achieve their educational and career goals while effectively overcoming adversity in their lives.
- Far West Agribusiness Association: Scholarships are awarded to current college students, not to exceed $1000 per student. Any full-time student from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah or Nevada may apply.
- Gammu Mu Foundation: A non-profit organization dedicated to LGBTQ awareness and support in rural and underserved areas, Gamma Mu awards two need-based scholarships to eligible LGBTQ college students. Gay men who demonstrate academic performance and financial need may apply for the Gamma Mu Scholarship, and all LGBTQ students may apply for the Folisi & Goodwin Scholarship in Memory of Ray Williams. Gamma Mu does not award scholarships for online degree programs. Awards are between $1,000 and $2,500.
- Gerald L. Saling Memorial Rotary Scholarship: The Rotary Club of Spokane North will award two $1,500 scholarships to students who will be (or are) enrolled in an accredited college or university. This may be used for tuition, board, room or any other required school fee. The applicants will be evaluated on established guidelines, without discrimination because of race, creed, gender or national origin. Extra consideration may be given to a relative of a Rotarian.
- Health Professional Scholarship Program, Washington State Department of Health: Eligible professions are medical doctor, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurse (LPN or RN), midwife, dentist, registered dental hygienist, pharmacist, and nurse faculty. In return for scholarship funds, recipients must agree to a minimum three-year service obligation in a Washington State designated shortage or underserved area as a licensed primary care provider.
- Herman Oscar Schumacher Scholarship Fund for Men: A renewable $4,000 award. Criteria: must be resident of Spokane County; completion of at least one year at an accredited college; preference given to orphans and financially needy; Applications due by April 30 of current school year. To get application contact: Washington Trust Bank, Wealth Management and Advisory Services, Attn: Herman Oscar Schumacher Scholarship Fund, PO Box 2127, Spokane, WA 99210-2127.
- Hispanic Business/Professional Association Spokane Scholarship: Up to $2,000 per academic year. Awarded to full-time college students with a minimum 3.0 GPA and who can demonstrate involvement in the Hispanic/Latino culture and community.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Website with information on scholarships available to Hispanic college students.
- Hispanic non-documented (non-citizen) scholarships: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has scholarships, as well as the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.
- Indian Health Service Scholarship Program: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these scholarships are for American Indian and Alaskan Native students working on undergraduate or graduate degrees in the health professions.
- Inland Northwest Business Alliance: Scholarships for eastern Washington students who are active in the GLBTQA community.
- Inland Northwest Community Foundation: Scholarships to full-time undergraduate college students or vocational students.
- Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships: Scholarships for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed and have financial need. Must be nominated by a faculty member.
- Japanese Government Scholarships: For U.S. citizens living in the states of Washington, Montana, Alaska and Northern Idaho and interested in studying in Japan.
- Jeannette Rankin Scholarship: For low-income women age 35 and older.
- Korean American Scholarship Foundation: A $2,000 scholarship for students with Korean heritage studying in the U.S. with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
- Leadership 100: The College Success Foundation awards scholarships to Washington state residents who are currently in high school or their freshman or sophomore year of college at the time of application and meet certain family income criteria. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and be planning to enroll full-time at Washington public or independent college. Scholarships are $5000 per year for up to four years.
- Lilac City Business and Professional: Awards a scholarship of $500 to any needy woman attending an accredited college or business school in the Spokane area. Must be a mature, non-traditional undergraduate and must demonstrate intention to complete her course of study. Application and instructions available in the WSU Spokane Student Affairs office.
- Major General James Ursano Scholarship Fund: The MG James Ursano Scholarship Program is a need based scholarship program established to assist children of Army Soldiers in obtaining their first undergraduate degree.
- Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation: Students must be the child of a former or active duty Marine, Marine Reservist, or U.S. Navy Corpsman.
- Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship: $4,000 awarded in fall semester and again in spring semester to a student whose life has been impacted by cancer (not limited to mesothelioma).
- Military Education Scholarship: The VA Mortgage Center offers 20 bi-yearly $2000 scholarships to applicants who are current or prospective ROTC students OR active-duty military personnel OR honorably discharged veterans of the US military OR son or daughters of veterans or active-duty military.
- National Council of Jewish Women: This organization awards scholarships to needy male and female Jewish undergraduate students. Applicants must be Washington State residents. More information and applications are available in the Student Affairs office.
- National Institutes of Health: While not technically a scholarship, take a look at the main website for the National Institutes of Health loan repayment programs for researchers with a doctorate.
- National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals: LGBTQ students who plan to major in STEM fields may be eligible for one of two $5,000 academic scholarships. One award to an undergraduate and one award to a graduate/professional student pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) programs who are either lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or an active ally of the LGBTQ+ community. Must have a history of activism and community service.
- P.E.O. has a Scholars Awards program for doctoral degrees and postdoctoral research, a program to give need-based grants for women who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves, and scholarships for international women pursuing graduate study in the U.S. and Canada.
- Point Foundation HIgher Education Scholarships: Given to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students of merit who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs.
- Pride Foundation and Greater Seattle Business Association Scholarship: provides post-secondary educational scholarships and grants to current and future leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), and straight ally community from or studying in Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington.
- Public School Employees Scholarship: Must be dependent of a public school employee of Washington. Applications for these $1,000 scholarships are in the WSU Spokane Student Affairs office.
- Rachel Royston Permanent Scholarship: For Washington state residents, from the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for Key Women Educators.
- Scottish Rite Scholarship Foundation of Washington: Undergraduate scholarships based on merit; graduate fellowships in speech pathology for WSU and EWU students; fellowships to WSU College of Nursing students.
- Susan G. Komen Scholarship Award Program: Use this ACCESS KEY to complete your online application: Komen. Eligibility includes having lost a parent to breast cancer.
- Tidal Wave Scholarship Fund: (TWSF) proudly provides $1,000 scholarships to openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students, as well as to students of GLBT parents, who can demonstrate financial need, as well as a background of positive contribution to their local GLBT community.
- Washington State Governor’s Scholarship for Foster Youth: Provides $2,000 to $5,000 per year and can be renewed up to four years to youth who emancipate from state, tribal or federally recognized foster, group or kinship care to enroll in and complete degrees or certificates at eligible colleges in Washington.
- Washington State Employee Credit Union Scholarship Program: For students who are members of the WSECU.
- Washington State Opportunity Scholarship: The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.
A number of reputable, free, web-based scholarship search services exist. Many scholarship scams also exist. Never pay for a scholarship search.
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Here are some websites you can use to research scholarships:
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund: www.maldef.org
- Get Ready for College: www.getreadyforcollege.org/gPg.cfm?pageID=1586
- Latino College Dollars: www.latinocollegedollars.org
- Scholarships for Hispanics: www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org
- Genesco Migrant Center: www.migrant.net
- Mexican Scholarship Fund: http://mexicanscholarshipfund.org/
- La Plaza Scholarship and Financial Aid Guide: http://www.laplazaindy.org/portfolio-item/scholarship-fund/
- SADCO Scholarship Program: http://sadco.org/sadco-scholarship-program