Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunities

WSU Tri-Cities awards more than $275,000 in scholarships to help students of all backgrounds reach their goals and aspirations. Students have the opportunity to receive scholarships from WSU and the local community.

WSU Tri-Cities students should fill out the WSU General Application to be considered for any Tri-Cities scholarships. The deadline to apply is January 31st.

The scholarship deadline for the 2021-2022 school year is closed.

The scholarship application for the 2022-2023 school year is due January 31st.

WSU Scholarships

Awards can range from several hundred dollars to full coverage of tuition and expenses. In most circumstances, you can receive more than one scholarship at the same time.

Departmental Scholarships

The University’s academic colleges and departments offer scholarships to students who are majoring or taking classes in their subject areas:

Local Scholarships for WSU Tri-Cities Cougs

ScholarshipCriteriaMajorAmountDeadline
Gesa ScholarshipsMember of Gesa Credit Union; full time student, 3.0 GPAAnyVaries28-Feb
WFAA Ethnic Awareness Scholarship Washington State resident, leadership ability, 3.0 GPA, financial need, half time studentAnyup to $150030-Sep
Washington Wine Industry FoundationVariesWine ScienceVaries31-March
Vista Hermosa Foundation- First Fruits Scholarship ProgramFull time, good standing with university, children of established seasonal and year-round employees of Broetje Orchards, Vista Hermosa, or Snake River Housing, graduate of Jubilee Leadership AcademyAnyup to $450010-Jun
Soroptimist Three Rivers -Live Your Dream AwardsFemale, financial need, undergraduate, provides primary support for yourself and othersAny2 at $250015-Nov
Bettering Women PEO ScholarshipUndergraduate or graduate, Scholarship may awarded based on any of the following criteria: Women who are returning to school to support self and/or family; those who may have had a break in their education; community and/or school service; financial need; GPA; leadership; and or strength of personal statement or recommendation letterAny
betteringwomenscholarship@gmail.com for scholarship application
VariesApril 1 and Oct 1 Every Year
Jim Thomas ScholarshipStudents enrolled or accepted for enrollment for the next Academic Year at Washington State University at Tri-Cities (WSU-TC)
Membership in IEEE as a Student or Graduate Student member
Neither receipt of other scholarships or aid nor previous receipt of the IEEE Richland Section Scholarship shall preclude consideration for the award
Interest in an IEEE field of interest
o Engineering,
o Computer Sciences and Information Technology,
o Physical Sciences,
o Biological and Medical Sciences,
o Mathematics,
o Technical Communications,
o Education,
o Management, and
o Law and Policy
100012-Nov &
19-Feb
Lourdes ScholarshipLive in Benton or Franklin Counties or live in Burbank; special consideration given to those who express financial need, demonstrate academic rigor, and or possess a strong background in community service/volunteerismNursing; health care related field150029-Apr
TwinStar Credit Union Higher Education ScholarshipMember of TwinStar Credit Union, good standing, Provide proof of enrollment, Copy of applicant's high school or college transcriptAny8 at $200031-Jul
Tri-Cities Construction CouncilEnrolled or planning to attend college; family member must be an owner or employee of a company that is a full dues paying member; winner will be based on academic achievement, community and school involvement, financial need, leadership potential, and relationship of the student's field of study to the construction industry (but not required)Any200031-Mar
Far West Agribusiness ScholarshipUndergraduate full time student from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, or Nevada
Any$1000March 31
Society of Women Engineers-Eastern Washington SectionSophomore, junior, or senior or pursuing a graduate degree.Engineering100028-Feb
Family Wellness and Health FoundationAcademic accomplishment, financial need, involvement in the community, and desire to work in the healthcare field.
3.0 GPA required
Healthcare related field3000+28-Feb
Washington State Fair ScholarshipsAttending an accredited two or four year college, university or trade/technical school, Currently working, volunteering or involved in a school sponsored activity at least 8 hours per month, on average, Prior involvement with
the Fair (4H, FFA, etc.) and financial need may be considered, though neither is a requirement
Any300012-Feb
Soroptimist International of PKWomen
Different scholarships include: women head of household, women in business or accounting, and women seeking a technical degree.
AnyVariesNovember 15
PMI Columbia River Basin Scholarship‰Û¢ Any individual who is a member of the PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter or a family member of a current member of the PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter. For family members, the closest familial relationship would be awarded first (i.e., child, grandchild, niece/nephew)
‰Û¢ Any individual whose primary residence is within the geographical area of the PMI Columbia River Basin Chapter. The geographic boundary of the Chapter is defined by the following zip code ranges: 988xx ‰ÛÒ 989xx and 993xx.
‰Û¢ Any individual residing in the state of Washington, USA.
Interest in Project Management20001-May
MOU Tribal ScholarshipNew freshman or transfer student, be a member of one of the following tribes: Coeur d‰ÛªAlene 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; freshman must have a 3.3 GPA; transfer students must have a 3.0Any2000February 15 (Call the Tri-Cities Financial Aid office to determine if you can submit an application after the deadline)
Washington Women in Need GrantYou must be female, as indicated on your Washington State Identification
You must be 18 years of age or older
You must have resided in Washington for the past twelve (12) months
You must be a United States citizen or permanent resident to the United States
You must be admitted into or registered at an approved college or university that is in good standing with the State Need Grant Program, and are enrolled in a specific program.
Anyup to $5000Apply between March 1 and March 30
Scottish Right Foundation of WashingtonUS Citizen; Washington Resident; junior or senior; 3.0 GPA; full time studentAny300031-Mar
OIC of WashingtonYou or a a parent worked in seasonal agricultural work for at least 2 years, household qualified as low income or receives SNAP, TANF, or Apple Health, and authorized to work in the U.S.Any1000Call 509-545-0484 to schedule an appointment
Health Physics Society- Columbia ChapterEssay on health physics, transcripts, and letter of recommendationEligible fields of study include, but are not limited to: radiation protection; nuclear engineering; x-ray/nuclear medicine; or health physics certification. 1000March 31
Pamela Scott Woodward Conservation ScholarshipResident of Benton or Franklin County, full time student, 3.0 GPAInterest in conservation1000April 30
FOOD NORTHWEST PROCESSOR MEMBER SCHOLARSHIPS A full-time or full-time seasonal employee, or a family member of an employee, at a Food Northwest processor member company.

Be currently enrolled (or enrolling) as an undergraduate or graduate student in a 4-year college or university, or enrolled (or enrolling) in a 2-year community college, accredited trade school or technical school. If attending the University of Idaho, Oregon State University, or Washington State University, you have the option to apply for the University Scholarship.

Be pursuing a degree in an academic discipline and strong interest/intent to work in the Northwest food processing industry. Disciplines include, but are not limited to, agricultural sciences, food science and technology, production, operations management engineering, horticulture, agriculture and resources economics, business management, accounting, environmental sciences, industrial systems, operator, process technician, control technician, electrician, maintenance, mechanic, refrigeration, sanitation.

Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher

ERI Board of Directors, Officers, and their family members are not eligible
Interest in working in the food industry1500June 30
Food Northwest University ScholarshipOpen to students pursuing a 4-year degree or graduate degree in an academic discipline and a strong interest and intent to work in the Northwest food processing industry. Examples include, but are not limited to agricultural sciences, food science and technology, nutrition and dietary science, production, operations management, engineering, horticulture, agriculture and resources economics, business management, accounting, environmental sciences. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Employees and families of Food Northwest member companies are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. ERI Board of Directors, Officers, and their family members are not eligible for these scholarships.
Strong interest and intent to work in the Northwest Food Industry2500June 30
CCHPA Scholarshiphealth physics programs, radiation safety, nuclear engineering or closely related field1000March 31
TerraGraphicsHUBZone designated area, enrolled in an accredited public or private college, university or trade school, required to complete and record 40 hours of class attendance/and or volunteer service every month throughout award year.Any40 hours per month at minimum wagenone
WSUAA Scholarship Supplemental ApplicationVariesVariesVariesJanuary 31, 2022
P.E.O. Chapter FK Edna Myers Scholarship for WomenFemale WSU Tri-Cities student, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Status; US Citizen or Permanent US Resident; Goals; GPA; Service and Financial Need Considered; Email peochapterfk@gmail.com for applicationAny$2,500April 1, 2022
Paul Lauzier ScholarshipStudents who graduated from a high school in Grant County, resided there for a minimum of 2 years before HS graduation, minimum GPA of 2.75AnyVariesMarch 1, 2022
EWS SWE Framatome 2022 ScholarshipFemale undergraduate or graduate student, sophomore, junior or senior status. Residing in Eastern WA.Engineering$500March 31, 2022

Merit-Based Awards

Washington Resident Freshmen

Tri-Cities Freshman Achievement Award

$3,000 Per Year (Four Years)

Eligibility
Awarded to students based on a minimum 3.75 unweighted high school grade point average (GPA). The Tri-Cities Freshman Achievement Award for Washington resident applicants is automatically awarded and qualified students are notified when they are admitted to WSU Tri-Cities.

To receive the award, you must also:

  • Complete your admission application and transcripts before January 31, 2021
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (HB 1079 & DACA students eligible)
  • Be a resident of the state of Washington
  • Enroll at WSU Tri-Cities a freshman

To qualify, your admission packet must be complete with all required transcripts submitted by January 31. All scholarship criteria is subject to change. Funding for these awards is limited and not guaranteed. Unofficial/self-reported high school GPA reported in a student’s application may be used in awarding scholarships. Students will be asked to confirm academic status by providing an official transcript. Eligibility requirements and award amounts are subject to change.

Renewal Criteria
Earn 24 credits for the academic year with a 3.20 minimum WSU GPA.

Whether you are eligible for this particular award or not, be sure to also fill out the WSU General Scholarship Application by January 31 annually. It gives you the opportunity to be considered for more than 700 other scholarship programs.

Washington Resident Transfer

Transfer Award

$2,000 or $1,000 Per Year (Two Years)

Eligibility
To be eligible for a transfer award, you must be Washington state resident entering the WSU Tri-Cities campus as a transfer student from a community college and have earned 27 semester (40 quarter) credit hours at the time of transferring.

To receive the award, you must also:

  • Submit your admission application by January 31
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (HB 1079 & DACA students eligible)
  • Be a resident of the state of Washington
  • Enroll at WSU Tri-Cities as a transfer student

All scholarship criteria is subject to change. Funding for these awards is limited and not guaranteed. Unofficial/self-reported high school GPA reported in a student’s application may be used in awarding scholarships. Students will be asked to confirm academic status by providing an official transcript.

Renewal Criteria
Earn 24 credits for the academic year with a 3.20 minimum WSU GPA.

Eligibility requirements and award amounts are subject to change.

Whether you are eligible for this particular award or not, be sure to also fill out the WSU General Scholarship Application by January 31 annually. It gives you the opportunity to be considered for more than 700 other scholarship programs.

Note: Your transfer GPA is based only on courses that transfer for credit to WSU. To determine how your credit transfers, visit the WSU Transfer Center.

Non-Washington Resident Freshmen

Distinguished Cougar Award/Western Undergraduate Exchange

$11,000 Per Year

Eligibility
Awarded to admitted freshman who start at WSU with a minimum 3.6 unweighted high school grade point average (GPA).

To receive the award, you must also:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be a resident outside the state of Washington and charged non-resident tuition
  • Enroll at the Tri-Cities campus as a freshman

This scholarship cannot be combined with the National Merit Scholarship.

To qualify, your admission packet must be complete with all required transcripts submitted prior to January 31. All scholarship criteria is subject to change. Funding for these awards is limited and not guaranteed. Unofficial/self-reported high school GPA reported in a student’s application may be used in awarding scholarships. Students will be asked to confirm academic status by providing an official transcript.

Cougar Award

$7,000 Per Year

Eligibility
An out-of-state student starting at WSU may receive a $7,000 award, renewable for an additional three years. Qualified students receive the award automatically. No additional action or forms are required for consideration. Awarded to admitted freshman who start at WSU Tri-Cities with a 3.2–3.59 unweighted high school grade point average (GPA).

To receive the award, you must also:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be a resident outside the state of Washington and charged non-resident tuition
  • Enroll at the Tri-Cities campus as a freshman

This scholarship cannot be combined with the National Merit Scholarship.

To qualify, your admission packet must be complete with all required transcripts submitted prior to January 31. All scholarship criteria is subject to change. Funding for these awards is limited and not guaranteed. Unofficial/self-reported high school GPA reported in a student’s application may be used in awarding scholarships. Students will be asked to confirm academic status by providing an official transcript.

Renewal Criteria
Eligibility requirements and award amounts are subject to change.

Be sure to fill out the WSU General Scholarship Application by January 31 annually, and use the scholarship search tool to find additional scholarship opportunities.

See terms and conditions.

Non-Washington Resident Transfer

Transfer Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
$11,000 Per Year

Eligibility
With the Transfer Western Undergraduate Exchange or WUE (here we call it the Cougar Award for Transfers), an out-of-state transfer student starting at WSU in 2021 may receive an $11,000 award. Qualified students receive the award automatically, and are notified shortly after their offer of admission to WSU. No additional action or forms are required for consideration. Awarded to admitted transfer students who apply before January 31 and will start at WSU with 27+ transferable semester credit hours with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

If you don’t have 27 transferable semester credits, you must have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 3.4 AND a cumulative minimum transfer GPA of 3.0.

To receive the award, you must also:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Be a resident outside the state of Washington and charged non-resident tuition
  • Enroll at the Tri-Cities campus as a transfer student in 2021

The award is renewable for an additional three years or until attainment of first Bachelor’s degree, whichever comes first.

To qualify, your admission packet must be complete with all required transcripts submitted prior to January 31, 2021. All scholarship criteria is subject to change. Funding for these awards is limited and not guaranteed. Unofficial/self-reported high school GPA reported in a student’s application may be used in awarding scholarships. Students will be asked to confirm academic status by providing an official transcript.

Renewal Criteria
Eligibility requirements and award amounts are subject to change.

Be sure to fill out the WSU general scholarship application by January 31 annually, and use the scholarship search tool to find additional scholarship opportunities.

See terms and conditions.

Oregon Resident Awards

Residents from bordering Oregon counties may qualify for in-state tuition rates. The I-82 Advantage program is for students who reside in Umatilla County and are enrolled in more than nine credits. The Border Bill is for students who live in neighboring counties who are enrolled in fewer than nine credits.

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