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Top students receive Regents awards

PULLMAN – WSU has awarded Regents Scholarships to 278 students from 184 high schools across the state. The students, who were nominated in their junior year by their schools, will receive scholarships worth as much as $60,000. A complete list of this year’s Regents Scholars and their schools is available at www.regents-scholarship.wsu.edu.

The top 25 nominees were named Distinguished Regents Scholars, a designation that comes with a four-year scholarship worth approximately $60,000. Two-year awards worth $8,000 went to 75 selected students. Other Regents Scholars received two-year awards worth $6,000.

Each of the Distinguished Regents Scholars’ high schools will receive a plaque recognizing the contribution the schools have made to their
students’ success.

“The Washington State University Regents Scholars Program is unique in two significant ways,” said Heather Brackett, from the office of Scholarship Services at WSU. “Every nominee who meets the rigorous academic criteria and completes the scholarship process receives a Regents Scholar award.

“Additionally, the scholarship awards hinge entirely on the participation of educators who nominate their students. The program gives nearly every high school in Washington–and nine participating Native American tribes–an opportunity to reward two of their top students with scholarships to Washington State University.”

Each year in March, qualifying high schools and participating tribes are invited to make nominations for the Regents Scholars Program.

To qualify for nomination, students must be high school juniors who are Washington state residents or are selected by participating Native American tribes, and must also have excellent grades and ACT/SAT scores. Nominees are judged on academic performance, leadership capability and community and extracurricular involvement.

A major purpose of the Regents Scholars Program is keep more of Washington’s best students in-state for their education. The total worth of the awards granted this year is more than $2.8 million. Since its inception in 2001, the program has awarded scholarships to nearly 2,500 students.

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