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WSU Phi Beta Kappa opens undergraduate scholarship applications

WSU’s Gamma Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society is accepting applications through April 1 for undergraduate scholarships covering full tuition and manditory fees for 2019‑2020.

“The Gamma Chapter is very pleased to once again offer scholarships that recognize and foster excellence in liberal learning at the undergraduate level,” said Alyssa Ferguson, chair of the chapter’s scholarship committee.

Since the 2010‑11 academic year, the Gamma Chapter has awarded generous scholarships to 19 rising seniors from a variety of majors. Also, each spring the chapter invites new members to join the society, becoming members for life.

Scholarship applicants for 2019‑20 must submit a completed application packet by 5 p.m. on the deadline day. Eligible students must have senior‑class standing for that year; be certified into a major in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Murrow College of Communication, the Department of Human Development, the Program in Neuroscience, or the School of Molecular Biosciences; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher through fall semester 2018.

Complete instructions, guidelines, information about required recommendation letters, and downloadable pdf forms are online at the WSU Phi Beta Kappa website.

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honors organization, recognized for fostering excellence in liberal arts and sciences.

Membership signals to employers and graduate and professional schools that members have outstanding credentials. Just 10 percent of U.S. colleges have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, and elected members must be in the top 10 percent of their class. Each year, approximately 19,000 new members join the society.

Of the 160 colleges and universities in the Pacific Northwest, only 9 have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The WSU Gamma Chapter was established in 1928, making it one of the first founded at a land‑grant university.

For more information, visit the website or contact scholarship committee chair Ferguson at 509‑335‑2520, or by email at

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