Woodring Scholarships

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Woodring Scholarships

Note: be sure to view and apply for scholarships in all categories below that you are eligible.

Amount: $1000

Applicant must be enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at WWU. Selection is based on scholarship ability and financial need. Please submit a statement of financial need. Post-bacs are eligible.

Amount: TBD

Applicants must be WWU students with a significant physical disability (including mobility, sight or hearing limitations) who are enrolled or will enroll in a teacher preparation program. This scholarship was created to increase the number of teachers with disabilities in the classroom. It is hoped that this will further the awareness and sensitivity of students at all levels to better understand and to appreciate issues of disability and help create a more inclusive classroom environment that values all differences. Users of wheelchairs or other personal assistive motorized vehicles are among the first to be considered for this scholarship, but all applicants meeting the criteria will be considered. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: $1500

Open to any student pursuing a career as a teacher. No GPA or financial need requirements. For full-time student teaching quarter or semester only. Post-Bac students are eligible.

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Amount: $975

Open to any student admitted to the elementary education program at the time of the award. No minimum GPA or financial need requirement. Post-bacs are eligible.

Amount: two awards of $900

Open to any student enrolled in an educator preparation program at WWU. No GPA or financial need requirements. Post-bacs are eligible.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide support for students in the RN-to-BSN program with a preference for those applicants who live in Whatcom County or graduated from a Whatcom County high school and are interested in serving the community health needs of diverse populations.  Please apply through the RN-to-BSN program.

The purpose of this award is to provide support to students of Woodring College of Education.  Preference is given to seniors (or fifth year seniors) in elementary education, who are deserving students of average ability.  The fund may be used to pay any costs related to educational expenses, including, but not limited to, tuition, books, materials/supplies, etc.

Amount: Two awards of $1200

Open to undergraduate students majoring in special education and graduate students in the Masters in Education Exceptional Children program. Financial need considered. Must be committed to working in special education. Post-Bac students are NOT eligible.

Amount: Four awards of $1800 each. One in each of the following departments: elementary, secondary, special education and instructional technology.

Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a Woodring program in Bellingham or Everett only. Applicants may apply for both instructional technology and their academic department waiver but are only eligible to receive one. Students must indicate on their application for which departmental waiver(s) they are applying. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5. Financial need is not a consideration. Post-bac students are NOT eligible.

Award: $500

Open to anyone pursuing a career in teacher education. Must have financial need (please submit a statement of financial need). No other criteria. Post-Bac students are eligible.

The purpose of this award is to provide support for students with outstanding academic merit who are studying for a Bachelor Degree in Education at WWU Education Center, Seattle.  This award will be made to a student who has potential for making a positive impact in the field, as evidenced by his/her application to the program and outstanding classroom participation and classwork.  Financial need may be a consideration.

Amount: Four awards of $1000

Open to any student admitted to any Woodring teacher education program with a minimum cumulative 3.75 grade point average, intending to teach (major or endorsement) in the following fields of humanities: literature, history, philosophy, religion, arts, or foreign language. This must be indicated on the application. Financial need is considered (please submit a statement of financial need). Post-Bac students are eligible.  Elementary Education and ELL/TESOL students are not eligible unless they are getting a specific endorsement in one of these subject areas. 

Amount: Two awards of $2000

Open to any student enrolled in the Elementary Education program. Financial need is considered. Please submit a brief statement of financial need. Post-bacs are eligible.

Amount: Two awards of $1000

Open to students in the Woodring College of Education who are perceived to become effective classroom teachers. Recipients shall have a sense of service through active involvement as volunteers to the health of the communities in which they live. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: two awards of $1000

Applicants must be enrolled in a Woodring College teacher preparation program and demonstrate a need for financial assistance (please submit a statement of financial need). Post-Bac students are eligible.

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial support for outstanding students in the RN-to-BSN program.  The award may be used to pay any costs related to educational expenses, including, but not limited to, tuition, books, materials/supplies, etc.  For more information on applying, contact the RN-to-BSN program.

Amount: one award of $1000

Applicants must be enrolled in the Woodring Teacher Education program in Everett. Financial need is considered. Please submit a statement of financial need.

Amount: Nine awards of $1500

Applicants must be students admitted to the elementary education program.  Applicants must demonstrate financial need and high academic achievement. Preference is given to high school graduates of Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson, Pacific or Mason counties (please indicate on application). Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: Two awards of $1000

Applicants must be admitted to the elementary or special education program who are preparing to earn an endorsement in early childhood or early childhood special education. No minimum GPA is required. Include a 500 word or less essay on how you would address the specific interests and needs of preschool and primary students. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: $1500

Awarded to students admitted to the Woodring College of Education, who have demonstrated academic performance and perceived effectiveness as a classroom teacher.

Amount: $1500 a year, renewable for a second year

The Challenge: Prepare minority teachers to meet a critical shortage in the state's public schools, where the number of minority students is steadily increasing.

Our Goal: Provide scholarships, as well as personal and group mentoring to students of color who will be joining with Woodring in a "promise" agreement to maintain eligibility and enroll in one of Woodring's teacher education programs as soon as they have fulfilled the requirements for admission.

Criteria

To receive this scholarship, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time Western Washington University student who will be a sophomore or junior the fall quarter following the scholarship deadline
  • Be a student of color
  • Have potential for future academic success (based on academic history and/or recommendations from teachers/advisors)
  • Be able to communicate your desire to become a P-12 teacher through the required scholarship application essay
  • Have a complete application submitted by the deadline
  • If selected as a finalist, agree to an interview with the scholarship selection committee, if requested.

Scholarship awards are distributed to recipients on a quarterly basis (fall, winter, spring) and may be renewable for one academic year. To remain eligible, students must:

  • Be in good standing and maintain satisfactory academic progress (minimum 2.75 GPA) at Western Washington University with the promise of meeting Woodring College of Education admissions criteria.
  • Maintain the intent of entering teacher education and applying to Wooding College of Education in a timely manner.
  • Attend seminar(s) and/or events hosted by Woodring designed to ensure student success.
  • Communicate, as requested, with a Woodring assigned mentor.

The Future Teachers of Color Promise Scholarship Program is administered through the Woodring College of Education Dean's office. The scholarship committee consists of Woodring faculty.

Award amount: varies

For students pursuing a career in education and attending the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University.

Amount: Two awards of $1000

Applicant must be a graduate student in Woodring College of Education or admitted to a graduate student program. The student must demonstrate financial need and be accomplished in academic studies. Preference will be given to students who are intending to reside and work in the state of Washington for a period of two years following graduation. Please include a statement of financial need and intent to meet the criteria.

Amount: $700

Applicants must be undergraduate students with academic standing as a junior or senior or enrolled full-time in a post-baccalaureate program at the time of the award. Applicants must be in the top third of their class, majoring in elementary education. Financial need is required (please submit a statement of financial need). Post-Bac students are eligible. Special education dual endorsement students are NOT eligible.

The purpose of this award is to provide support for students with outstanding academic merit in the Woodring College of Education.  The primary purpose of this scholarship is to attract and retain students with superior promise.  This award may be used to pay any costs related to educational expenses, including, but not limited to, tuition, books, materials/supplies, etc.

Award: $1500

Applicants must be admitted to a teacher education program planning to teach special education, math or science. Must demonstrate financial need (please submit a statement of financial need). Preference is for applicants who are just starting the certification program. May be renewable for a second year. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: $600

Applicants must intend to teach in a general classroom at the elementary or secondary level.  Applicants must be residents of Washington State. Preference is given to public high school graduates from Arlington, Marysville and Snohomish school districts. Applicants must demonstrate financial need (please submit a statement of financial need), a history of community service and high academic performance. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: $1000

  • Applicants must be students admitted to the Woodring College of Education Human Services Program at time of application.
  • A statement of financial need is required.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated academic performance in the Human Services major.
  • Consideration also may be given to previous academic performance in courses taken outside of the Human Services major.
  • Required list of human services related internships (including agency/organization, position, type of work, and timeframe)
  • Required essay of approximately 500 words describing your educational and human services career goals and how they honor the community spirit of Jerry House, for whom this award is named.

In honor of Jerry House

Amount: $975

Applicants must be admitted to the Adult & Higher Education (AHE) master's program with an emphasis in teaching at the Community College level prior to receiving the award. Recipients will be selected based on need and outstanding academic promise as a community college faculty member. Please provide a statement of financial need.

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Amount: $2000

Applicants must be admitted to a Woodring College of Education graduate program. Preference is given to applicants pursuing a degree in Educational Administration.

Amount: $650

Applicants must be admitted to the Graduate School, have a minimum of 15 credits completed and be enrolled as either part or full-time. Applicants must also demonstrate outstanding academic achievement as evidenced by undergraduate GPA from junior and senior years in addition to their graduate school record and standardized test results such as the Graduate Record Exam and Miller Analogies Test.

Applicants must also demonstrate sensitivity and understanding of the broader set of social, cultural, and ethical concerns that frame our understanding of educational issues.

Note: In addition to the Woodring Scholarship application, this scholarship requires a copy of your test scores.

Note: If you do not have original copies or your test scores, you may order them from:

If you have questions, please contact the Woodring Scholarship Office.

Preference for this award shall be candidates returning to school in pursuit of changing careers, and who are graduate students, with first choice being given to candidates in teacher education programs. The Fund may be used to pay any costs related to educational expenses, including, but not limited to, tuition, books, materials/supplies, etc.

Amount: $1100

Applicants must be admitted to or enrolled in the Elementary Education program at Woodring College of Education. No other criteria. Post-bac students are eligible.

Amount: One award of $300

Applicants must be undergraduates enrolled in a teacher education program with academic standing as a junior or senior for the academic year of the award. A minimum cumulative 3.3 grade point average is required. Post-Bac students are NOT eligible.

Amount: One award of $1500

Applicants must be enrolled in the Woodring Special Education program. Award will be based on financial need, not on academic performance. (Please submit a statement of financial need)

This scholarship is for a student enrolled in a Woodring teacher education program with preference given to a student studying French with financial need; junior or senior, or graduate student.  $1500 award.

Amount: One award of $1500

Applicants must be a Black or African-American student enrolled in a teacher preparation program at WWU. Eligible students must be preparing for an endorsement in math or science education. Preference will be given to students with financial need. Please submit a statement of financial need. Post-Bacs are eligible.

More information about the scholarship and donors.

Amount: One award of $1500

Applicants must be a member of a Pacific Northwest tribe or lower British Columbia First Nation, with a preference to Lummi Nation or Tlingit ancestry. Must be enrolled in a teacher preparation program at WWU. Recipients must be preparing for an endorsement in math or science education. Preference will be given to students with financial need. Please submit a statement of financial need. Post-Bacs are eligible.

More information about the scholarship and donors.

Amount: One award of $1500

Applicants must be older women in a Woodring teacher preparation program who are returning to college after a time away or who are enrolled for the first time. Post-Bac students are eligible.

More information about the donors.

Amount: Two awards of $1100

Applicants must be undergraduate students with academic standing as a junior or senior for the academic year of the award. Applicants must be enrolled in the elementary education program.  They must be a transfer student with an Associate of Arts degree and a minimum 3.5 GPA. Post-Bac and students enrolled in the Special Education dual endorsement program are not eligible.

Amount: One award of $1500

Applicants must major in Early Childhood Education, plan to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education in a primary school setting, have outstanding academic merit in the ECE program at Woodring, and clearly demonstrate financial need. Please submit a statement of financial need. Award may be used to any costs related to education expense, including, but not limited to: tuition, books, materials/supplies, etc.

Amount: exceeds $3000 per year

Applicants must be admitted to, or enrolled full-time in the Woodring College teacher preparation program with at least two years remaining before completion of degree and/or certification. Must plan to or have declared a major in, and be endorsed to teach mathematics or science. Preference may be given to men and ethnic minorities to encourage role models for diverse youth populations. Renewable for one year. Post-Bac students are eligible if meeting the minimum enrollment requirement. 

Amount: one award of $1000

Applicants must be pursuing a career in teaching. Preference will be given to graduates of a North Kitsap High School who are enrolled in WWU's program located in Bremerton. If there are no students meeting this criteria, the scholarship will be awarded to a student enrolled in the Woodring College of Education program located in Bremerton, who has demonstrated financial need and academic success. (Please submit a statement of financial need). Post-Bac students are eligible.

This off-campus housing scholarship honors the memory of educator Marilyn F. Nold. The selected recipient will receive three quarters of rent free housing in a one bedroom unit in the New England Apartments (2516-2536 Douglas Ave.) beginning in September of the upcoming academic year. The scholarship is generously offered in cooperation with Madrona Bay Real Estate Investments.

This scholarship is open to undergraduates in teacher education, who are beginning their internship year of college at Western Washington University. Applicants must be admitted to the Woodring College of Education. Demonstrated financial need is a factor in considering the recipient of this award. (Please submit a statement of financial need). Post-Bacs and graduate students are NOT eligible.

Amount: Full tuition and fees for ECE internship quarter (amount varies)

Awarded annually to students accepted for internship placement in early childhood education (K-3). Recipients must be seeking an endorsement in Early Childhood Education. Financial need is required (please submit a statement of financial need).

Amount: up to $1300

Applicants must be an African American female student enrolled in any Woodring program. Preference is given to students who have been out of school for at least three years at some point in their academic career and are at least 25 years of age. Post-Bac students are eligible.

In honor of Mary Barnes

Amount: Two awards of $1500

Applicants must be enrolled in the exceptional children undergraduate or graduate program (preference will be given to graduate students). Financial need is considered (please submit a statement of financial need). No minimum GPA requirement. Post-Bac students are ineligible.

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The McCallum Graduate Fellowship is designated to support graduate student professional development by providing funds for travel to conferences, workshops, or other training events. Funds are available to support registration fees, travel costs, lodging and meals (within state and/or federal per diem allocations) for a total request not to exceed $1000.

This requires a separate application form. Please contact the Woodring Scholarship Office.

Award: Full tuition for fall, winter, spring quarters

Applicants must be from historically underrepresented groups interested in pursuing a career in P-12 teaching. Eligible underrepresented students will include men intending to enter the Elementary, Early Childhood, and/or Special Education profession(s), first generation college students, and/or students of color. Prospective and current teacher education candidates are eligible. Students who will be transferring to Western in the Fall for a Woodring College of Education teaching program are also eligible. Please provide a one-paragraph statement of financial need.

Select applicants may be invited to an in-person interview with Woodring faculty/staff.

The scholarship recipient(s) will receive support and mentoring from Woodring College of Education. Scholarship recipients will be asked to:

  • Meet with a faculty mentor as requested
  • Meet with an assigned academic advisor and/or check-in with the scholarship coordinator periodically
  • Attend special Woodring events

Amount: $1200

Applicants must be junior or senior students enrolled in Woodring's Elementary Education program. Special consideration will be given to individuals with a learning disability and an interest in working with students with a learning disability. Please reference this in your essay. Recipients who do not meet this criteria must have maintained a 3.0 GPA. May be used for tuition, books, fees, housing, and any other academic need. Post-Bac students are NOT eligible. 

Amount: One award of $1000

Applicants must be enrolled in the Woodring Teacher Education program in North Seattle. Financial need is considered. Please submit a statement of financial need.

 

Award: $1500

Applicants must be a Woodring College Human Services major; preference is given to a non-traditional aged student (25 years or older); preference given to a student with financial need. Please submit a short statement of financial need.

Amount: Up to six awards of $5000 each

Applicants must be admitted to or enrolled in a teacher education program and have scored in the top ten percent of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), ACT, or other standardized test of academic talent such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). West-B scores are not accepted.

In addition to the standard Woodring scholarship application requirements, applicants must submit test scores (verbal and quantitative). Post-Bac students are eligible.

Note: Please provide photocopies of your original test scores showing the percentiles. If you do not have original copies, you may order or submit copies of on-line reports.

Amount: $1000

Applicants must be admitted to a teacher certification program with at least 70 credits of college course work completed. Applicants must also have a minimum cumulative 3.3 GPA and demonstrate financial need (please submit a statement of financial need). Post-Bac students are eligible.

Award: Full cost of tuition

Recipients must be admitted to the Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling program prior to receiving the award. Upon graduation, the RSA Scholar is required to work for a state vocational rehabilitation agency, agency for the blind, tribal vocational rehabilitation program, or other related program. The payback requirement is two years of work for each year of financial assistance received.

PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT submit a standard application for the RSA Scholarship. For more information and application materials contact the program coordinator at (425) 259-8921.

Multiple scholarships are available for RN-to-BSN students applying to Western’s program. Contact the RN-to-BSN Program for additional information.

Amount: One award of $1500

Applicants must be enrolled in their full-time internship quarter in the Bellingham Elementary Education program at the time of the award, have financial need (please submit a statement of financial need) and be able to demonstrate leadership qualities. Post-Bac students are eligible.

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Amount: $650

Applicants must be at least a junior in a teacher preparation program the academic year of the award. Applicants must also be a graduate of any Bellingham high school and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade point average. Post-Bac students are ineligible.

The purpose of this award is to provide support for incoming students applying to the Early Childhood Education program. Preference to be made to applicants who: (1) clearly demonstrate a financial need; (2) demonstrate outstanding academic merit; and (3) typify an underrepresented group in the program (i.e., students from a diverse background including, but not limited to, considerations of racial and/or ethnic identities, first generation college students, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic challenges, etc.). Please provide a statement of financial need.

Amount: One award of $1500

Recipient must be a single, working mother enrolled in the Adult & Higher Education program at WWU.

Amount: Three awards of $1300

Available to any student enrolled in any program in Woodring College of Education. No other criteria. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: TBD

Applicants must be enrolled in a Woodring teacher education program and planning to complete their special education internship (seeking an endorsement in special education) during the upcoming academic year. Financial need is required (please submit a statement of financial need). Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: TBD

Awarded to a student enrolled in a Masters Program (MIT or MED) in the Woodring College of Education. The student must have a documented interest in sustainability education, preferably in a PK-12 school setting.

Please submit a 500 word essay (or less) on the following:

Sustainability is a broad and complex area addressing a variety of issues that involve the interconnectedness of environment, economy, and social systems. It is said that education is essential element for creating a healthy, just, and equitable future for all people on the planet. Why is education such an important aspect of sustainability? How do you plan to incorporate education for sustainability into your own professional practice? Please tell how you would address the interconnectedness of environment, society, and economy in your work.

Amount: $1500

Awarded for term of full-time student teaching only. Applicants must be in good standing in an elementary program on campus (not open to students in other sites) and preparing to teach in a regular elementary classroom setting. Applicants must be working their way through college and demonstrate financial need (please submit a statement of financial need). Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: $980

Open to any student enrolled in a Woodring elementary or secondary teacher education program who can demonstrate their potential for becoming effective classroom teachers. No minimum GPA or financial need requirements. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: Five awards of $2000 each

Open to any student enrolled in a Woodring College Elementary Education program. Financial need is considered. Please submit a brief statement of financial need. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Amount: two awards of $1000

Open to anyone enrolled in a Woodring program who demonstrates community-based leadership skills. Recipients are recognized for excellence in academic performance and demonstrated initiative and contributions in the area of community or public service at the local, state, national, or international level. Follow the required Woodring scholarship application process, except: required essay - submit instead a 500-word essay describing contributions and future goals in the area of community or public service and recommendations: submit one from a university representative and one from a community representative. Post-Bac students are eligible.

Purpose

The WCE Equity and Diversity Committee (EDC) Emergency Grant was created to help underrepresented students who have an identifiable, emergency financial need that may lead them to drop out of school.

Eligibility

For consideration, students must

  • Be a current Woodring student in good standing,
  • Have an identifiable, immediate financial need that this grant would help resolve,
  • Demonstrate how the financial obstacle impedes ability to graduate,
  • Describe how other outside sources of assistance fail to meet the need. Please first explore the following resources: WWU scholarships, Woodring Scholarships,
  • Identify as an underrepresented student (those who have experienced systemic social injustices based on their ethnicity, race, gender, age, disAbility, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic status, or religion).

Process

Upon completion of the application form and submission to the Woodring Scholarship office, there will be an informal needs assessment review by an EDC sub-committee. The subcommittee may contact you for further information if needed.

The review of applications and decisions will be made in a timely manner on an as-needed basis as applications are received.  Responses to the application will be held confidential by the sub-committee to the extent permitted by law.

Please note that these funds are extremely limited and are available one time only. Please help us understand your emergency need by providing your answers on the application form.

Decision

If approved for funding, students will be informed of the method for receiving the funds in accordance with university policy.

Amount: TBD*

The Goal: To support selected students in fields related to education and/or human services who have a commitment to working against systemic social injustices based on ethnicity, race, gender, age, disAbility, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic status, or religion. This goal will help the college reach its mission to attract and retain an increasingly diverse faculty, staff and student population while at the same time diversifying the knowledge, skills, and attitude bases of individual members of the college.

The Promise: Students who accept this award join Woodring in a “promise” agreement to maintain eligibility and complete one of Woodring’s programs. In exchange, members of the Woodring Diversity Committee promise to provide a faculty mentor to facilitate connections with service opportunities, student support services, opportunities to meet the scholarship donors, and invitations to special events and activities.

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants must be students admitted to one of the Woodring’s programs (on or off-campus)
  • Applicants must document current and past activities that demonstrate commitment to working against systemic social injustice based on ethnicity, race, gender, age, disAbility, sexual orientation, language, socio-economic status, national origin, or religion. Examples include, but are not limited to: membership in a group, participating in events or conferences, class presentations, mentoring, volunteer work or work experience.
  • Applicants must submit an essay of approximately 500 words that discusses the insights gained while engaged in work against systemic social injustices. This essay should also include the applicant’s plans for continued work in this area.
  • Applicants must provide letters from two individuals (teachers, college faculty, community leaders, or other mentors) that document the work done by the applicant and discuss the impact this work has had on others. (Can be same as required recommendations)
  • Financial need is required (please submit a statement of financial need).
  • Consideration also may be given to previous academic performance
  • Post-Bac students are eligible.

*Award amount and number of scholarships per year is contingent on generosity of contributions

Funds for this scholarship are donated**. Many faculty and staff in the College of Education have pledged payroll deductions at a minimum of $5.00 per pay period. To join us in payroll deduction or to make a one time electronic transfer of funds to the scholarship, follow these links:

**We also seek a donor or donors to help establish an endowment that will be used to achieve the above goals and promises. For more information, see Giving to Woodring.