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WSU Scholarships

General Scholarships for Native American Students


Creighton Scholarship

Around $1000, multiple awards. Preference is given to students in a health fields such as pre-pharmacy, nursing, speech & hearing, nutrition, pre-med, etc. Must be 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

Creighton Graduate Fellowship
Around $1000, multiple awards. Preference is given to students in health fields. Must be 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

NACI-Hanes Scholarship
Around $1000. 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 (Current undergraduate students), 3.0 (Grad students). Renewable.
DEADLINE: Open, but priority deadline is Feb 25



Scholarships for New Students (Freshmen &/or Transfer)


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

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:  Feb 1

Future Cougars of Color
Amounts range from $1000 - $5000 per year.  Renewable for up to three years.  FCOC 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 FCOC weekend visit.

MOU Tribal Scholarship

$2000 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, and Yakama Nation.



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.

Other Resources

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WSU Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
Awards grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study to WSU students every year.  You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible.
PRIORITY DEADLINE:  Feb 15

WSU Academic Scholarship
The WSU Academic Scholarship is open to all WSU students, and one application allows them to be considered for over 700 scholarships, including the Creighton, FCOC, NACI-Hanes and Regents scholarships on the left. Apply online.
DEADLINE:  January 31

Native American Programs, PO Box 641046, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-1046, 509-335-8618, Contact Us