PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins has invited Washington high school principals to nominate their top two outstanding juniors for WSU’s prestigious Regents Scholarship Program. 

Eligible schools include each Washington public high school and private schools 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.  More than $4 million may be awarded to nominees who choose to attend WSU.

“The Regents Scholars Program aims to recognize exceptional students and keep them in the state of Washington for their college education,” Rawlins said. “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.  These students will have numerous opportunities for leadership roles while at the university and will enjoy our supportive and empowering community.”

In 2003, more than 250 high school administrators nominated students whose combined grade point average was 3.94. Nominees included student body presidents and senators, National Honor Society members, musicians, varsity athletes and community volunteers.

Every eligible nominee who attends WSU’s Pullman campus in fall 2005 will receive a $3,000 scholarship, renewable for one year (totaling $6,000). A faculty selection committee will evaluate and select 75 nominees to receive the Silver Regents Scholarship, which is a $4,000 scholarship, renewable for one year (totaling $8,000). The top 25 students chosen will be awarded the Distinguished Regents Scholarship – covering the full cost of resident undergraduate tuition, a book stipend, mandatory fees, housing in the university residence halls and board. Each of the Distinguished Regents Scholars’ high schools will receive a plaque with the distinguished scholar’s name to recognize the school’s contributions to the student’s education.

Nominations must be received by the Office of Scholarship Services by May 7. Questions may be directed to Kay Brothers, coordinator of WSU Scholarship Services, at (509) 335-1059 or via e-mail at brothers@wsu.edu.