College of Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarships

Advancement Council Scholarship

The CHSS Advancement Council established this scholarship in 2011 to be awarded annually to support a student who plans to major in the humanities or social/behavioral sciences. This scholarship is funded through the CHSS Advancement Council and the Dean's Fund for Excellence. Typical award amount is $2,000.

The scholarship reflects the desire of the CHSS Advancement Council to emphasize the value of a public liberal arts education and the importance of developing interdisciplinary education and the analytical skills it fosters. In awarding this scholarship, the CHSS Advancement Council intends to support the academic endeavors of students with financial need.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Submit the CHSS Scholarship Application Form

  2. An essay that describes the value of a public liberal arts education and the importance of developing multidisciplinary analytical skills, and articulates applicant's commitment to community engagement.

  3. Applicant must have at least three quarters of coursework remaining before anticipated graduation, as of the beginning of fall quarter in the year of award.

  4. Applicant must submit at least two Faculty Recommendation Forms by faculty of Western Washington University (up to three recommendations can be submitted).


Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship

The Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship was established in 2008, to provide for students who display a talent for being active within their community, participate in leadership building activities, provide service to others, succeed academically, and have a financial need. One award will be given to a student from the humanities discipline (Communication Studies, English, History, Journalism, Liberal Studies, Modern & Classical Languages, or Philosophy) and a second award given to a student from the social and behavioral sciences (Anthropology, Communication Science & Disorders, Health & Human Development, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology). Typical award amount is $1,000 to each student.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Submit the CHSS Scholarship Application Form

  2. Essay that describes the value of a public liberal arts education and the importance of developing multidisciplinary analytical skills, and articulate applicant's commitment to community engagement.Applicant must have at least three quarters of coursework remaining before anticipated graduation, as of the beginning of fall quarter in the year of award.

  3. Applicant must have financial need: a FAFSA must be on file at WWU to verify financial need.

  4. Applicant must have at least three quarters of coursework remaining before anticipated graduation, as of the beginning of fall quarter in the year of award.

  5. Applicant must submit at least two Faculty Recommendation Forms by faculty of Western Washington University (up to three recommendations can be submitted).


Elyse C. Alper Scholarship for International Studies

Don and Jan Alper established this scholarship in 2010 to honor and celebrate the life of their daughter Elyse and carry forward her lifelong joy of traveling and establishing friendships across continents. This scholarship provides opportunities for students to study outside the United States at recognized universities and to further promote greater international understanding and goodwill. Amount to be awarded verified annually, typical award amount is $3,000.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Submit the Elyse Alper Scholarship Application Form

  2. Applicant must have a minimum 3.3 GPA

  3. Applicant must submit an essay that describes:
            The university outside the United States where the applicant plans to study.
            What the applicant will study and how this will enhance his/her degree program.
            Why applicant is a strong candidate for international study
    {Note: The institution must be endorsed and any course that will be taken accepted as a credit course in the applicant's WWU degree program. Applicant must provide verification from Faculty Advisor that any proposed course will be accepted towards the major.

  4. Applicant must have at least three quarters of coursework remaining before anticipated graduation, as of the beginning of Fall quarter in the year of award.

  5. Applicant must submit at least two Faculty Recommendation Forms by faculty of Western Washington University (up to three recommendations can be submitted).


Mikulencak-Kohlmeier Advantages of Learning Differently Scholarship

The Mikulencak-Kohlmeier Advantages of Learning Differently Scholarship was established in 2017 by Lisa Ann Mikulencak and Bernhard Kohlmeier to provide scholarships to students with learning challenges in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The scholarship is a two-year award provided to students who meet eligibility guidelines (listed below).  Typical award amount is $1,000 each year for two years.

Specific Criteria:

  1. Submit the two part Mikulencak-Kohlmeier Advantages of Learning Differently Scholarship Application Form in Canvas
  2. Applicants must demonstrate a documented learning disability as demonstrated through accommodations provided by Western Washington University's Disability Resource for Students (DRS) and/or a documented IEP/504 plan from the applicant's high school.
  3. Students must be a declared a major and/or minor through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
  4. Applications must be entering into their third year of study at Western Washington University or have transferred to Western from another institution
  5. Students must remain in good academic standing within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (GPA of 2.0 or above)


Paul and Jeannette Woodring: Arts and Sciences Woodring Award

The Arts and Sciences Woodring Scholarship was established in 1996 for students of exceptional talent enrolled in what was then the College of Arts and Sciences [today the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE)]. The scholarship is awarded “without regard to race, sex or religion, but to those students who, in the judgment of faculty members who know them, seem most likely to make substantial contributions to mankind as a result of their liberal education.”

Only students who have been nominated by a department from CHSS or CSE are eligible to apply for this award. Amount to be awarded verified annually, anticipated award amount is $3,000 to two students.

Qualifications:

  1. Student must have been nominated by a department within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or College of Science and Engineering (see below)
  2. Student must be enrolled at Western Washington University full time (at least 12 credits per quarter)
  3. Student must have at least three quarters of coursework remaining before anticipated graduation, as of the beginning of fall quarter in the year of award
  4. A completed application form must be submitted for a nomination to be considered.

Department Nomination of Student:

  1. CHSS and CSE departments forward the scholarship announcement to their faculty asking for nominations.
  2. Department selects ONE student to nominate for the scholarship.
  3. Department notifies the CHSS Dean's office of their nomination.
  4. Department notifies the selected student that they have been nominated and sends the student a link to the Paul Woodring Arts and Sciences Scholarship Application form.

Application Process:

A student who has been nominated for the Paul Woodring Arts and Sciences Award completes the application form, which includes the following: application, unofficial copies of transcripts, a list of significant activities and employment information and an essay.  The student submits the application to the Chair of the nominating department, unless otherwise directed by the department.

Department forwards its selected student's application along with a department recommendation letter to the CHSS Dean's Office (chss.scholarship@wwu.edu), applications will be reviewed and recipients will be awarded in late-May.