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WSU Regents Scholars Program

What type of students are we looking for?

Community leaders, academic innovators, and committed scholars. The WSU Regents Scholars Program recognizes Washington’s top high school students.

The award levels

The Regents Scholars Program has two award levels:

  • Distinguished Regents Scholar: Full tuition and mandatory fees for up to 18 credits per semester, for four years. Approximately 10 students will receive this award.
  • Regents Scholar: $4,000 per academic year for four years. All qualified nominees who complete the admission and scholarship application process by the deadline will receive this award.

Students must enroll full-time at the WSU Pullman campus in fall semester 2023 to receive their Regents award.

The Regents Scholar award cannot be combined with the University Achievement Award (UAA), Distinguished University Achievement Award (DUAA),  or National Merit Scholarship. Distinguished Regents Scholar recipients are also unable to combine the WSU visitation award with their scholarship.

Renewal requirements

The Regents Scholar awards are subject to yearly renewal requirements:

  • Continuous enrollment (fall and spring semester each academic year) on the Pullman campus
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average per academic year
  • Completion of at least 24 graded credits each year
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate (non-professional) program of study

What does it take to get the distinguished award?

The University considers the following factors:

  • Academic achievement: Exceptional academic achievement is extremely important. Most students who win these scholarships earn an excellent high school GPA (unweighted) after six semesters. GPA is considered when qualifying and awarding a Regents Scholar award.
  • Community, civic, and co-curricular involvement: The WSU scholarship application includes short essays and allows students the opportunity to present their unique experiences and accomplishments in these areas.
  • Academic Reference: This section is part of the online student nomination form and is provided by the nominating school. The Academic Reference allows the nominator to summarize a student’s achievements and future potential. The Academic Reference can make a significant difference in the awarding process. The student nomination form can be submitted by any high school teacher, counselor, or representative who knows the student well. Students should not submit separate letters of recommendation.