Scholarships can be an important part of paying for a college education. For the 2020/21 school year, the Vancouver campus awarded more than $2 million in scholarships and academic tuition waivers to over 800 students. The average award was $2,500.
WSU scholarships and awards
WSU Vancouver students are eligible for both WSU systemwide scholarships and WSU Vancouver-specific scholarships. Submit the WSU General Scholarship Application every year to be considered for all WSU scholarships. Application deadline: Jan. 31.
If you qualify, the following scholarships are automatically awarded when you are offered admission to WSU Vancouver:
- Cougar Committment Award
- PDX Tuition Advantage
- Vancouver Academic Achievement Award
- Vancouver Transfer Achievement Award
- Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
American Indian / Alaska Native student scholarships
Citizen or descendant of a federally or state recognized tribe? Be sure to check out the WSU Tribal Nation Building Leadership Scholarship.
Undocumented student scholarships
Undocumented students are also eligible for financial aid! File the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) in October.
Non-WSU scholarship opportunities
Many scholarships are available from outside sources. Take the initiative to research and apply for additional funding.
Rotary International - Vancouver
Vancouver Rotary is awarding $94,000 in college scholarships to students in good standing committed to community and family service. Academics are important but not critical. Deadline: February 27, 2023
Up, Up and Away Scholarship
P.E.O. Chapter DJ of Vancouver, WA is offering merit based scholarships to females who graduated from high school by Auguest 31, 2022. GPA 3.0 or above based upon high school transcript and at least 12 hours of post high school credit. Home schooled applicants must also have 36 hours of college credit (includes Running Start credits). Additional requirements required. Deadline: February 28, 2023
Email Chapter DJ For an Application.
Share Individual Development Account (IDA) program
Are you a Clark County resident? If you meet low-income requirements and can save $1,000, the Share IDA program will match your money 4:1, awarding you $5,000 towards your tuition. Review the application information for deadlines and requirement specifics.
CPT James Ahn Scholarship
Are you a former special forces service member? Are you a full time student pursuing degree/certification completion at an accredited post secondary institution including graduate school, university, college, community college, or vocational/technical institution? This award may be for you! Application deadline: June 1 (for following academic year)
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Are you a Pell grant eligible student who is planning to study abroad? This award may be for you!
Passport to College
Are you a Washington resident who has spent at least 1 year in foster care in WA state after your 16th birthday and are enrolled at least half-time in college? This scholarship may be for you! Maximum award per year is $4,500.
Air Force Health Professions Scholarships
The Air Force offers scholarships for healthcare professionals to include: one- and two-year scholarships for Allied Health specialties (pharmacists, optometrists, clinical psychologists and public health officers), two- and three-year scholarships for nurse corps specialties and three- and four-year scholarships for medical corps and dental corps.
These scholarships cover all tuition and required fees, including textbooks, small equipment items and supplies needed for study. You will also receive a monthly allowance for living expenses. While on scholarship, you will spend 45 days on active duty in the Air Force, and once you graduate, you will serve one year of active duty for each year of scholarship, serving a minimum of three years.
Contact an Air Force recruiter to learn more.
Army Health Education Scholarships
Are you a U.S. citizen with a baccalaureate degree, who is enrolled in or accepted to an accredited graduate program in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, psychiatric nursing, optometry or psychology? This opportunity will pay for your tuition, books, equipment, most academic fees and a monthly stipend of over $2,000.
Navy Health Professions Scholarships
If you’re already in or plan to attend medical school, dental school or a qualifying health-care-related postgraduate program, you can join the Navy while you’re still in school through the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). The program pays for tuition, offers monthly living expenses and a potential sign-on bonus.
Contact a Navy recruiter to learn more.
WA National Guard Postsecondary Education Grant
Are you a member of the WA National Guard, in good standing, and making satisfactory academic progress towards a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree? Combined with state and federal aid, National Guard grants can cover tuition and fees, as well as a portion of books and materials. Review the application information for deadlines and requirement specifics.
Health Services Collegiate Program
Are you a U.S citizen and are enrolled in or accepted in a HCA, entomology, pharmacy, industrial hygiene, podiatry, audiology, or physician assistant program? The HSCP can provide up to $4,347 a month plus comprehensive medical and dental coverage for you and your dependents.
P.E.O Program for Continuing Education Grant
Are you a female student who is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada? Are you enrolled in a certification or degree program from an accredited institution? Have you been living and studying in the United States or Canada for the entire course of study? Have you had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in your adult life? Are you within 18 consecutive months of completing your educational program which, at the conclusion of, will lead to employment or job advancement? Do you have financial need? This grant may be for you!
Are you a US citizen who wants to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, the Caribbean or the Middle East? This scholarship may be for you!
Are you a WSU sophomore or junior currently and plan on pursuing a research career in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering? This opportunity may be for you! Awards range up to a maximum of $7,500 annually, covering eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
Are you a US citizen who is full-time junior who is committed to a career in government, non-profit or advocacy sector, education or other public service? This opportunity may be for you!
Are you a WSU sophomore or junior who is interested in a career related to the environment, tribal public policy or Native American health care? This $5,000 opportunity may be for you!
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington students earn degrees, certificates or apprenticeships in high-demand trade, health care or STEM fields and launch careers in Washington state. This opportunity may be for you!