CSE Scholarships

Oscar Edwin Olson Scholarships: The Oscar Edwin Olson Scholarships are awarded to students who are declared majors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, or Physics/Astronomy. Eligible students must be children of single, divorced or widowed parents.  Departments are encouraged to nominate any qualifying students. Students who were awarded the Olson Scholarship the previous academic year can receive the award for a (maximum of a) second year; departments should verify that the recipient is still eligible and is a declared major, and forward the student’s name as continuing.  Awards are made on the basis of eligibility and overall academic merit.

Women in Science Scholarship: Women in Science Scholarships are awarded to female students who are currently enrolled as majors in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, or Physics/Astronomy.  Each department may nominate one student to receive this award. Awards are made on the basis of eligibility and overall academic merit.  

Robert L. Hamilton Family Graduate Fellowship in Science: The Robert L. Hamilton Family Fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student enrolled in one of the departments in the College of Science and Engineering at Western Washington University. The fellowship is renewable for a second year as long as the student is in good academic standing. The recipient of this scholarship is to be chosen by the dean of the College of Sciences and Technology or his or her designee. This scholarship is rotated through the departments with Graduate Programs.

Mickey and Carole Ghio Science Scholarship: Scholarships shall be awarded to students majoring in the sciences, engineering technology, computer science, mathematics or science education programs.  Scholarship recipients may be undergraduate or graduate students who are residents of Washington State. Scholarships are to be awarded by the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering or his/her designee. This scholarship is rotated through the departments.

Alumni Association Leader Scholarship: Each department may nominate one student to receive this award.  Awards are made on the basis of leadership and overall academic merit. 

Kaiser-Borsari Women in Materials Science Scholarship: Scholarship supports female undergraduate students majoring in a science or engineering discipline and conducting research in materials science under the direction of an AMSEC faculty member.  Applications handled and the award made by the AMSEC scholarship committee.

Elwha Undergraduate Research Award: Support for summer research by an undergraduate student majoring in a CSE program. The award includes $4000 in summer support for the student, plus $1000 for the student’s major department to support expenses related to the student’s research. Award is based upon overall merit, and research must be supervised by an appropriate faculty mentor. Each department may nominate one student to receive this award. 

Arlan Norman Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring: Award recognizes a faculty member in the College of Science and Engineering for excellence in mentoring student research. The financial award goes to the student(s) of the faculty member's choice in the form of a stipend plus additional funds for supplies to support the student recipient's summer research. The award will be given for excellence shown by a faculty member in either graduate or undergraduate student mentoring, although preference will be given to graduate student mentoring. The faculty awardee will have a demonstrated record of mentoring student research as evidenced by student co-authored conference presentations, student co-authored peer reviewed publications in high quality journals and proceedings, and other evidence of student success such as research awards, fellowships etc. The faculty awardee will select a student from their research group (preferably a graduate student) to receive the funds for research associated with this award based upon demonstrated merit and outstanding promise in research.

Marion Van Nostrand Scholarship: The Van Nostrand scholarship is targeted to female single parents with dependent children, who are majoring in a STEM field, have demonstrated financial need through the FAFSA document, are in good academic standing, making progress toward a degree, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0. However, male single parents with dependent children who meet all of the financial and academic criteria applied to female recipients will also be considered. The scholarship pays the full cost of in-state tuition and student fees. Each recipient also receives $1000 per year towards textbooks, supplies, and child care. Recipients will be supported until graduation if they remain in good academic standing and are making progress towards their degree. Potential students can contact Dr. Deb Donovan for more information at deborah.donovan@wwu.edu. There is no deadline for submitting the application.

Nominations will be made by Department Chairs or Program Directors each winter/spring with the award made preferably during Scholars Week. Awardee selection will be in accordance with an approved process by the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and the Dean of the Graduate School.