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Admissions Regents Scholars Program

Who are we?

The WSU Regents Scholars Program recognizes Washington’s best high school students for their hard work and academic accomplishments.

We invite high school educators and administrators to nominate your two most distinguished seniors for the Regents Scholar Program.  All eligible nominees will receive a four-year Regents Program scholarship and have the opportunity to compete for a Distinguished Regents Scholar Award.

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 2017 to receive their Regents awards.

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

Use the Eligibility Calculator to see if you are eligible for the Regents Scholars Program.

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 and SAT/ACT test scores are considered together 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.


Contact Maja Gillespie, Senior Advisor with WSU Student Financial Services, at or 509-335-4883 for more information and assistance.

Nominate a student

Interested in nominating a student next year? Here’s more information about awards and how the process works.

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Your Plans

Full Day Visits
  • Experience WSU A series of fall and spring semester events for admitted students. Experience what it’s like to live and learn at WSU.
  • Fall Preview Oct. 14 & 28 This full day of University life introduces you to our excellent academics and includes a residence hall tour, a chance to talk with current students, and more.
  • Game Day Tours Coming to a home football game? Add a tour to your day and see what academics and athletics is all about at WSU.
  • Future Cougars of Distinction An exclusive and invitation-only program for freshmen that provides top scholars an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes overview of WSU.
  • Future Cougars Embracing Diversity An opportunity for underrepresented students to see first-hand all that WSU has to offer.
  • Out-of-State Experience A spring semester event for admitted non-resident students.

Campus tours
  • Walking Tours Prospective Students, sign up for a walking campus tour.
  • Group Tours Teachers, Counselors, and Professionals, plan a visit for your class or student group.

Find the right application for you below.

  • Freshman Use this application if you anticipate graduating from high school this academic year.
  • Transfer Use this application if you have attended college since graduating from high school.
  • Scholarships Make sure to apply for scholarships along with your admission application.
  • International Use this application if you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America.
  • Returning Student If you previously enrolled at any WSU campus, and have been away for more than one semester, use this application to reapply for admission.
  • Non-Degree Use this application if you don’t intend to complete a degree at WSU and will be taking courses for personal enrichment, transfer to another college, or a teaching endorsement.
  • Post-Degree Use the post-bachelor’s application if you’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree and want to add an additional degree or certificate.
  • Online Use this application if you want to earn a WSU degree online.  See the list of degrees offered online.

Not sure? Find out more about our different applications.

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