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MOU Tribal Scholarship

Deadline: July 6th, 2022

We understand that many schools and Tribal governments are closed at this time due to COVID-19, therefore getting transcripts and letters of recommendation may be difficult. If they cannot be attained at present, they can be sent in at a later date. All materials will be required to be on file before any scholarship monies are disbursed.

Scholarship Description:

The MOU Tribal Scholarship was developed through the Provost Office of WSU for members of Tribes that are signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding with WSU. In addition to the financial award, students selected for the MOU Tribal Scholarship are enrolled in the Tribal Nation Building Leadership (TNBL) Program. The WSU TNBL Program teaches and mentors students in a cohort-based model to develop leadership skills and knowledge grounded on cultural principles, practices, and values. Signatory Tribes include the following: Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Colville Confederated Tribes, Confederated Tribes of the Salish and Kootenai, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Cowlitz Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Nez Perce Tribe, Quinault Tribe, and Spokane Tribe. The MOU Scholarship is for new incoming freshmen students and transfer students. Awards are renewable if criteria are met.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Applicants must be an enrolled member of one of the Tribes that is signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding with WSU.
  • Applicants must have a minimum high school or college GPA of 3.0.
  • Applicants must plan to enroll at the Pullman, Vancouver, or Tri-Cities campuses.
  • Applicants must enroll in TNBL online course during the first semester and ongoing TNBL credits based on an advising plan. *Note. The TNBL coordinator will help students develop an advising plan that satisfies TNBL requirements while also meeting academic and campus requirements.

WSU Pullman Campus Applicants: 

Twelve $4,000 awards are available at the Pullman Campus and freshmen students will be given priority consideration.

WSU Tri-Cities Campus Applicants: 

Two $2,000 awards are available at the WSU Tri-Cities Campus to new incoming freshmen and transfer students who are members of a Signatory Tribe.

WSU Vancouver Campus Applicants: 

Two $2,000 awards are available at the WSU Vancouver Campus to new incoming freshmen and transfer students who are members of a Signatory Tribe.

How to Apply:


Joelle Edwards at or