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 by April 24, 2017
  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 by April 24, 2017
  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.
  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).

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 by May 8, 2017 (DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!)
  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. 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 ocurse will be accepted towards the major.
  • What applicant will study and how this will enhance his/her degree program
  • Why applicant is a strong candidate for international study
  1. 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.
  2. Applicant must submit at least two Faculty Recommendation Forms by faculty of Western Washington University (up to three recommendations can be submitted).

Mike Sharar Internship Scholarship

The Mike Sharar Internship Scholarship was established in 2012 by Kerri Lynn and Tommy Inglesby to honor Mike Sharar (Jun 17, 1947-March 24, 2009), who supported Kerri as an undergraduate when she felt she could no longer pursue her education. The scholarship will be awarded annually to support students participating in a full-time internship in any quarter. The internship must be at least 20 hours per week and formally administered by the University. Typical award amount is $2,000.

Specific Criteria:
  1. Submit the Mike Sharar Scholarship Application Form by April 24, 2017
  2. The application requires a written essay describing how an internship will contribute to the student's education and discuss the student's need for financial assistantship during the internship.
  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).


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.

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.
Qualifications:
  1. Student must have been nominated by a department within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences or College of Science and Engineering
  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.
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 by Monday, April 17th, 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) by Monday, April 24th, applications will be reviewed and recipients will be awarded by Monday, May 22nd.