Future Woodring Scholars


What is the Future Woodring Scholars Program?

Through the Future Woodring Scholars (FWS) Program, students are able to explore teacher education and human services programs and professions early in their Western experience while gaining a network of academic and social support from Woodring students, faculty, and staff. A select group of students is enrolled in “Introduction to Education Professions,” a distinctive course taught by award-winning, tenure-track faculty. In this class, students have the opportunity to explore education issues and career paths, while building their résumés through experience working in local schools and community organizations. Students are granted automatic enrollment in three additional courses that meet university general education requirements, and which are taught by the most sought-after faculty on campus. Scholars also receive faculty and student mentoring, special invitations to college events and speakers, program admission guidance and information, and priority admission review to Woodring College.

How are Future Woodring Scholars selected?

Future Woodring Scholars are selected from Western applicants who have demonstrated academic success, an interest in becoming a teacher or human services professional, a strong background in multiculturalism or an expressed interest in working with diverse student populations, formal or informal experience working with youth, and a desire to be in a leadership profession. The selection process for this program is competitive.

How many students are in the Future Scholars Program?

Woodring College anticipates inviting approximately 25 students with an interest in teacher education and/or in human services to participate in its Future Scholars Program each academic school year.

What are the benefits of the program?

​Students in the Future Woodring Scholars Program will enjoy many benefits, including:  
                              • Participation in FWS First Year Interest Groups (FIGs) — with automatic
                                 enrollment in English, Education and Communication courses and
                                 an accompanying FIG seminar
                              • Enrollment in “Introduction to Education Professions” — EDUC 115
                              • Mentoring from Woodring faculty and current students
                              • Priority selection consideration for the teacher education and
                                human services programs

*Note: Invitation to the Future Woodring Scholars Program does not guarantee admission into  Woodring College, although successful participation in the Future Scholars Program will give students priority in the selection process once they have completed necessary prerequisite coursework.

Do Future Woodring Scholars receive scholarship money?

Students selected for the Future Woodring Scholars program are awarded a one-time scholarship of $500 for their demonstrated commitment to teacher education/human services exploration.  Students are also encouraged to apply for continuing student scholarships through Woodring College and Western’s Scholarship Center once they begin their studies as full-time Western students.

What do Future Woodring Scholars do to participate in the program?

Future Woodring Scholars agree to take the four-credit Introduction to Education Professions (EDUC 115) and a Freshman Interest Group Seminar course fall quarter, follow-up seminar (EDUC 110) course winter quarter, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (EDUC 109) spring quarter of their first year at Western.  Future Woodring Scholars also are highly encouraged to participate in the designated FIG cluster, the Woodring Peer Mentoring program, college special events, welcoming reception, and one-on-one advising sessions.

First Year Interest Group Sequence

Fall Winter Spring

Education 115
Communication 101
Sociology 269
Seminar 101

Education 110  Education 109

Are Future Woodring Scholars required to take their First-Interest Group?

Although scholars are highly encouraged to participate in the FIG course(s) each quarter, students can opt out of the FIG if they would rather take other classes after speaking with the coordinator to ensure if it is in the best interest of the student.  Students will be able to drop these during registration at SummerStart or Fall Orientation if needed. Woodring College will still invite Future Woodring Scholars to participate in mentoring and special events throughout the year. Students who are unable to participate in the FIG will be invited to take EDUC 115, Introduction to Education Professions, in the Winter or Spring quarters.  This will be a special section for Future Woodring Scholars.

Do Future Scholars have to declare a major in Woodring College?

The Future Scholars Program is designed to help students develop their academic interests in teacher education and human services. All students in teacher education programs complete an approved academic major in addition to their education program. The Future Scholars Program is a great way for students to explore teacher education and human services so that they can make informed decisions on an eventual major declaration.

Who can I contact for more information about the program?

Angela Harwood
Future Woodring Scholars Instructor, Secondary Education
Woodring College of Education
(360) 650-3328

Nat Reilly
Diversity Recruitment & Retention Specialist
Woodring College of Education
(360) 650-3210