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WSU Phi Beta Kappa opens applications for 2020–21 scholarships

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The Gamma Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Washington State University is accepting applications through April 1, 2020 from undergraduates for 2020–21 scholarships that cover full tuition costs plus mandatory fees.

“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 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 2020–21 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 Dept. 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 2019. Students from all WSU campuses are eligible to apply.

Complete instructions, guidelines, information about required recommendation letters, and downloadable pdf forms are online at

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic honors organization. It was founded during the American Revolution in 1776, and champions education in the arts and sciences, fostered freedom of thought, and recognized academic excellence. Members include 17 U.S. presidents, 41 Supreme Court justices, and more than 140 Nobel laureates.

Membership signals to employers and graduate and professional schools that members have outstanding credentials. Just 290 U.S. colleges have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. 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, just a handful 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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