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National Distinguished Scholarships

The Honors College supports all students who wish to build a portfolio that could lead to securing a prestigious scholarship or award from national organizations. Those include Fulbrights, Goldwaters, Borens, and many more.

Students in the Honors College are encouraged to consider pursuing distinguished (sometimes called “prestigious”) national and international scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Goldwater. Receiving such an award is not just an honor—it is a way to open doors to outstanding opportunities and to meet significant people from around the world in your field.

Awards available to scholars across many disciplines

Prestigious scholarships are available to students from a wide range of academic disciplines, and the awards themselves are designed to prepare top scholars to impact and be leaders in certain areas of need critical to the nation. The Honors College helps you to identify those scholarships and fellowships that fit well with your academic achievements and career aspirations.

What are the deadlines?

Check the Distinguished Scholarships website for the most up-to-date information about the WSU deadlines which  precede the individual awards’ deadlines. WSU posts “intent to apply” deadlines, and Honors and the Distinguished Scholarships office work closely with each aspirant then to work toward the actual award deadline.

Honors partners with the WSU Office of Distinguished Scholarships

Many awards require a university endorsement or nomination when it is time to apply; the college partners with the WSU-wide Distinguished Scholarships office (a program of the Office of Undergraduate Education) and others to ensure a smooth process.

Typical characteristics of successful candidates

While every student is quite unique, those who receive these national awards have many things in common. 
They  …

  • Achieve and maintain high grades and aspire to be life-long learners
  • Are engaged beyond the classroom to improve their campus or community, not simply as participants but as leaders and even creators of programs and organizations
  • Are involved in undergraduate research and seek internships, service projects, and publications
  • Study foreign languages and pursue opportunities to experience other cultures first hand through study abroad or travel

The Honors College expert on distinguished scholarships

Robin Bond, Assistant Dean, works with all Honors students seeking these special awards. She meets with aspirants one-to-one, organizes presentations by special guests, and has the most up-to-date information available at all times. She can be reached by email at

The benefits of awards—even if you don’t win

Original article by Sharon Ann Holgate
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“One of the greatest benefits of preparing an award application is that it encourages early-career researchers to engage in personal and professional self-assessment.”

“Submitting an application for an award requires a certain degree of boldness, and those who are naturally shy or lack self-confidence shouldn’t let that get in the way of promoting themselves.”