PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins this week announced that 507 high-achieving juniors from the state of Washington have been nominated to receive a Regents Scholars Award. Every eligible nominee who attends WSU on the Pullman campus in the fall of 2005 will receive a minimum $3,000 scholarship, renewable for one year (totaling $6,000). 


“These are exceptional students, often in the top 5 percent of their class. They combine their academic talents with tremendous contributions as leaders in their high schools and their communities. We see National Merit Scholars, student body presidents, high school senators, musicians, varsity athletes and community volunteers – and they represent the future leadership of our state,” Rawlins said. “The Regents Scholars Program seeks to acknowledge the accomplishments of these outstanding students and keep them in the state of Washington for their college education. By offering this opportunity for significant support toward their education at WSU, we want to signify their importance to our state’s future.” 


The Regents Scholars Faculty Selection Committee will evaluate all nominated students who will compete for two higher award levels. Seventy-five nominees will be named Silver Regents Scholars, which provides a $4,000 scholarship, renewable for one year (totaling $8,000). The top 25 nominees will be named Distinguished Regents Scholars – a scholarship covering the full cost of resident undergraduate tuition, a book stipend, mandatory fees, housing and dining in the university residence halls.


Principals from eligible Washington high schools were given the opportunity to nominate their top two high school juniors. More than 280 high schools nominated students. The high schools of each Distinguished Regents Scholar will receive a plaque with the distinguished scholars’ name to recognize the school’s contributions to the student’s education. Final award standings will be announced October 22.


“We’re grateful for the continued generosity of our alumni and friends, which makes it possible to provide opportunities such as the Regents Scholars Awards to students in the state of Washington,” Rawlins said.