PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins announced today the university has established a Regents Scholars Program that could share more than $3 million in scholarship awards with Washington high-achieving high school seniors who choose to attend the university.

“The program aims to recognize outstanding seniors by acknowledging their accomplishments and offering them opportunities for significant support toward their education at WSU,” the president said. “These students will join current WSU students who are able to work side by side with world-class faculty who care about their success.”

Each Washington high school principal can nominate up to two students from the school’s 2002 graduating class.

“Every nominee who attends WSU will receive a $2,500 University Regents Scholarship that is renewable for a second year,” Rawlins said. From an estimated 1,000 students statewide, the university will select 100 for an additional $1,500, also renewable for a second year.

From the 100 chosen for additional scholarship support, WSU will select 25 students as Regents Scholars who will be awarded a full scholarship valued at $14,000 per year for four years of successful academic progress.

Each student must have a minimum 3.8 grade point average with a PSAT/SAT score of 1250 or an ACT score of 28. The WSU Regents Scholars Committee also will evaluate the students’ academic strengths and interests, leadership capabilities, and extracurricular and community involvement.

“Our scholars will have many opportunities for leadership roles while at the university,” the president said. “Our supportive and empowering community will help these students prepare for a career and achieve their goals.”

Washington high school principals have received nomination forms from the university. They have until Sept. 15 to return the names of their nominees. By Nov. 1, the selection committee will choose the 100 students who will receive the $4,000 University Regents Scholarships and become semifinalists for the Regents Scholarships. By Dec. 1, the 25 Regents Scholars will be notified. Each high school from which the 25 Regents Scholars originate will receive a plaque recognizing the school’s contributions to the young scholars’ education.

“We are thrilled that the ongoing generosity of our alumni and friends enables us to offer opportunities such as this scholarship program to students in the state of Washington,” Rawlins said.

Beginning in February, principals will be asked to nominate members of the junior class — the class of 2003 — for the scholarship program. The students not only will be eligible for scholarship support, but also will be invited to participate in WSU-sponsored activities for high-achieving students.

High school seniors and families interested in the scholarship program should contact their high school principal.

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