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Scholarships and Financial Aid

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Undergraduate and graduate students can complete the WSU General Scholarship Application beginning in September each year to be automatically considered for over 80 donor-supported scholarships in the College of Education, including department, school, and academic program scholarships, plus over 700 additional scholarships at the University level. Applicants will be considered for all College of Education scholarships for which they are eligible. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please visit the WSU General Scholarship Application portal and get started today!

For more information about FAFSA/WAFSA and other general university financial aid questions, please visit WSU Student Financial Services to find answers to your questions about financial aid.

The deadline for the WSU General Scholarship Application is January 31, 2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

Additional Opportunities for Aid

There are a few scholarships that DO require an additional scholarship application separate from the WSU Scholarship Application. Applying for the WSU Scholarship application is not a requirement for applying for the following awards, but it helps. PLEASE NOTE: there are some applications that close before the other scholarship deadlines.

  • Betty Lovett Donellan & Bob Donellan Scholarship for Opportunity
    • Scholarship criteria: “A Native American student with a passion for education and teaching. Preference is given to one to who lives or lived on a reservation, who intends to pursue a degree in education, and desires to return to the reservation as an educator, to empower more Native Americans to pursue higher education.”
    • Amount available: $2000
    • Application opens August 1, closes January 31st
  • Laurence J. Peter Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Teaching Education
    • Scholarship criteria: “Awarded annually to one or more graduate students in education whose main professional focus will be the direct improvement of the performance of the teaching act. This fellowship will not be awarded to those students pursuing a career in counseling, administration or other specialties that may improve teaching indirectly. The recipient can use the award for such things as tuition and fees, subsistence, research expenses, and other educationally related costs.”
    • Amount available: varies
    • Application opens September 11, closes September 29 at 5pm PST.
  • The Dr. Vitt & Mary Ferrucci Math, Science, & Technology Educator Award
    • Scholarship criteria: Awarded to one applicant who aims to  revitalize and update teachers’ math and science teaching methods and to help teachers adapt their methods to interest children in STEM fields. One outstanding science, mathematics, or technology teacher is selected each year. The application process is open to all K-12 educators in the state of Washington, including current WSU graduate students who intend to continue teaching in K-12 schools. Recipients are not required to be alumni of WSU.
    • Amount available: varies
    • Application opens August 1, closes January 31st
  • Robert S. Pharr Graduate Fellowship in Education in Honor of Toshio Akamine
    • Scholarship criteria: Award one or more $10,000 fellowship(s) to students based on the following criteria: Preference will be given to those students pursuing a PhD in Math/Science Education or EdD in Educational Leadership. If there are no qualified applicants in those programs, students pursuing an MIT in Secondary Education may be considered. 
    • Amount available: $10,000
    • Application opens August 1, closes January 31st
  • The Arnold & Marta Kegel Graduate Fellowship in Education
    • Scholarship criteria: One or more awards available to master’s in teaching students on any WSU Campus who meet the following criteria: full-time graduate student who has at least one full year of academic work left to complete; minimum GPA of 3.0; preference given to students pursuing math & science education with the intent to return to teaching; and evidence of community service, citizenship, and leadership.
    • Amount Available: $2500
    • Application opens September 11, closes September 29, 2023 at 5pm PST.


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Scholarship Application Tips

Complete the FAFSA, preferably ahead of the priority deadline. Many of our scholarships take financial need into account. To assess an applicant’s need, the College of Education Scholarship Committee relies partly on the EFC (expected family contribution) score from their FAFSA application. The earlier you complete the application, the more financial aid opportunities will be available to you.

Take your time and answer every question. You can complete the scholarship application over multiple sessions prior to submission, so there is no need to rush. Give special attention to the essay questions – thoughtful responses to these questions can be very influential when the Scholarship Committee is making their decisions.

Please indicate your top two choices for intended major or area of study. This is where the College of Education will pull our list of applications for consideration for College awards. For example: if you are a secondary education major in math education, you will choose math as one option and education as another.

Graduate students: Please be sure to complete the question regarding research and creative projects. Be as comprehensive as possible in your response.

If you have questions specific to College of Education scholarships, please contact Joni Ford at 509-335-7843 or