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WSU General Scholarship

The WSU General Scholarship is open to all WSU students, and one application allows you to be considered for over 700 scholarships, including many of the scholarships below that target Native students. Apply online.
DEADLINE:  January 31


WSU Scholarships for Native American Students

 

Academic Achievement/Diversity Scholarship
Awards range from $2000 – $4000, depending on your GPA. For freshmen and transfer students.  Based on academic strength and financial need.  Renewable for 4 years. Apply with WSU Academic Scholarship Application.
DEADLINE:  January 31

Alumni Association Leadership Awards
$5,000 per award. The WSU Alumni Association Leadership Awards provide scholarships to WSU students (sophomores and above) who have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership qualities and academic excellence. One scholarship is sponsored by the Ku-ah-mah Alumni Society for a Native American student. Minimum GPA of 3.30. Apply with WSU Academic Scholarship Application and supplemental essay on Alumni website.
DEADLINE:  January 31

Creighton Scholarship
Around $1000, multiple awards. Preference is given to students in health fields such as pre-pharmacy, nursing, speech & hearing, nutrition, pre-med, etc. Must be an enrolled tribal member, with preference given to NW tribes (Washington, Idaho, and Oregon). Not renewable, but would be reconsidered every year. Apply with WSU Academic Scholarship Application.
DEADLINE:  January 31

First Scholars Program
The goal of the First Scholars program is to support first-generation college students and enhance their ability to successfully graduate. The program is open to incoming first-time, full-time freshmen whose parents did not attend college. Selected students receive personalized support, and an annual scholarship of $5,000, which is renewable for a total award of $20,000 over four years.
DEADLINE:  February 1

Future Cougars Embracing Diversity
$1000 per year.  Renewable for up to three years.  It is a visitation and scholarship program.  Everyone who attends this annual spring event receives a scholarship.  For newly admitted freshmen and transfer students (must be a Washington resident or from a tribe that would qualify under the American Indian Residency Bill).
DEADLINE:  Must complete the WSU admission and academic scholarship applications by January 31, be offered admission, THEN register for the Future Cougars weekend visit.

MOU Tribal Scholarship
Awards range from $2000-$10,000 per year for new incoming students, who are members of a tribe that is signatory to a Memorandum of Understanding with WSU, including:  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, Cowlitz Tribe, Kalispel Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Nez Perce Tribe, Quinault Tribe, Spokane Tribe, and Yakama Nation.
DEADLINE:  February 15

Muckleshoot Scholarship
Amount varies. Not renewable, but would be reconsidered every year. Must be an enrolled tribal member with financial need. Apply with WSU Academic Scholarship Application.
DEADLINE:  January 31

NACI-Hanes Scholarship
Amount varies. One scholarship given each year. Requirements: Must be an enrolled member of the Spokane tribe. Not renewable, but would be reconsidered every year. Apply with WSU Academic Scholarship Application.
DEADLINE:  January 31

Plateau Native American Scholarship
Amount varies.  Requirements: Enrolled members from Coeur d’Alene, Colville, CSKT, Umatilla, Kalispel, Klamath, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Spokane, Yakama OR from a tribe known as Plateau Salishan, Sahaptian or Kootenai, OR from Warm Springs or Cowlitz if of Sahaptian speaking descent. 2.5 GPA required. Renewable.
DEADLINE: February 15


WSU Departmental Scholarships for Native American Students

Talk to your department or advisor and find out what scholarships are available through your major department.  Applications, award amounts & deadlines vary!

Eva Feryl Peterson Scholarship
(Department of English)

Awarded to graduate or undergraduate Native American women interested in pursuing a graduate degree in English. Recipients may receive up to $3,000 total.

Eva Feryl Peterson Fellowship
(Department of English)

For Native American women and will be chosen on the basis of qualifications for graduate study and motivation to complete a Master of Arts degree program in English. Recipients will receive a stipend of $2000 per year, for two years, normally to supplement a Teaching Assistantship.

Clyde Harry Backus Scholarship
(School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)

Used to assist students in electrical engineering or related fields.  Preference given to Native American students. Must have at least a 3.2 GPA.
DEADLINE:  May 1

Jay and Retha Inghram Rockey Scholarship
(Murrow School of Communication)
Used to recruit and recognize incoming freshmen students who will major in communications. Preference will be given to Nez Perce or Native American students demonstrating an interest in the field of public relations.

Muriel Dawley Award
(School of Music)

Amount varies. Scholarship recipients can be either undergraduate or graduate students. Award is based on talent and need. Applications are on the School of Music’s website.
DEADLINE: Auditions are in January and application materials are due Mar 1.