PULLMAN, Wash. — More than 450 Washington high school seniors from across the state have received notification of their eligibility for Regents Scholarships at Washington State University.

Twenty-five students were named Distinguished Regents Scholars, qualifying them for scholarships worth up to $45,000 over four years. Other students received awards ranging from $6,000 to $8,000 over two years.

“This program aims to recognize outstanding students and keep them in the state of Washington for their college education,” said WSU President V. Lane Rawlins. “By acknowledging their accomplishments and offering them opportunities for significant support toward their education at WSU, we want to signify how important they are to our state’s future.”

Each Washington public high school principal and principals of private schools, which must be approved by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction with at least 100 students in grades 9-12 and with students in grades 10-12, were invited to nominate up to two students from their school’s 2004 graduating class.  More than 250 high school administrators nominated students whose combined grade point average is 3.94. Nominees include student body presidents and senators, National Honor Society members, musicians, varsity athletes and community volunteers.

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

Student nominees were evaluated and selected through the Regents Scholarship faculty selection process.  Each of the Distinguished Regents Scholars’ high schools 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 continue to offer opportunities such as this scholarship program to students in the state of Washington,” Rawlins said.

The top 25 scholars are: Halley A. Kuhlmann of Auburn; McKenna M. Longacre of Bellingham; David A. Street of Bothell; Joy A. Erlenbach of Burlington; Marc R. Rohrbach of Colville; Vanessa Salvidar of Dayton; Kalie Dove-Maguire of Ellensburg; Tory L. Silverstrin of Fife; Anna C. Gordon of Friday Harbor; Stephanie J. Tintinger of Greenacres; Felicia Hsi Ting Lew of Inglemoor; Andrea D. Mendoza of Kent; Leslie A. Hamstreet of Leavenworth; Sarah K. Cross of Manson; Cory Ridge of Maple Valley; Chelsea D. Clinton of Nine Mile Falls; Molly K. Boers of Okanogan; Amberly M. Kent of Palouse; Gregory J. Ferry and Claire A. Herold, both of Puyallup; Angela K. Jeffries of St. John; Selena L. Galaviz of Toppenish; Hong Ngoc Pham of Vancouver; and Meghan M. Horner and Dustin L. Palmer, both of Walla Walla.