Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Meet Our Students

Meet Kayla Davis

Photo of Kayla DavisWashington State University education major Kayla Davis probably never imagined homeschooling her younger siblings and working at Chuck E. Cheese for five years would help lead her toward a career in education. And yet, Kayla said the leadership, organizational, and communication skills she gained from both experiences carried over easily into her dream.

Despite being born and raised in Longview, Washington, she calls herself a “Kelso kid” having attended school in nearby Kelso. Kayla always knew she would attend college. Her mother earned a bachelor’s degree … » More …

Heather Rogers: Quality Vet Care Leads to WSU

Thumbnail photo of Heather Rogers

In November 2012, Heather Rogers and her parents noticed an abandoned cat hanging around outside their house in Spokane, Washington. Every day, they put food out for the cat, and then on New Year’s Eve, when she followed Heather’s parents to the front door, the family took “Scarlet” in for good. Right away, the family noticed the cat sneezed all the time, so they took her to the vet. Upon further examination, they learned Scarlet had a hole in the top of her soft palate from being shot, and the bullet was still lodged in her head.

The injury Scarlet endured had also caused her … » More …

Meet Chance Mair

 

Chance Mair at Zeppoz bowling alley

Washington State University math major Chance Mair started bowling at age five. And he must have been pretty good because four years later he entered a tournament, his first, as an alternate, and ended up winning the entire thing! Some people might chalk the victory up to luck, others might call it “chance,” but the fact is he loves and excels at bowling—and much more.

Chance hails from Marysville, Washington, and is a first-generation college student. He … » More …

Meet: Joey Redmon

WSU student Joey Redmon.

Joanna “Joey” Redmon, a graduate student in pharmacy at Washington State University, truly “gets” the significance of searching for opportunities and engaging in her own education. “My greatest learning experience,” she said, “has been how to find opportunities that will lead me to my goals.”

“College can be intimidating,” Joey said. “It’s a challenge to navigate and locate relevant opportunities. For me, it started with the WSU Honors College where I learned how to integrate into the WSU community and participate in many rewarding experiences. I want to share that understanding with other students.”

Joey’s path to Washington State University took some navigating. She’d started … » More …

Meet: Megan Slaker

Megan Slaker grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota, and always lived within a two hours’ drive of her parents’ house. Even as a child, she remembers feeling incredibly homesick when she went off to summer camp, and again in high school, when she spent a month in Germany as an exchange student. “Moving half way across the country for graduate school,” Megan says, “was one of the scariest things I’ve done. But it’s proven to be one of the best decisions I made.”

It was during middle school when Megan first became interested in human behavior; specifically what caused some individuals to use or … » More …

Senior Scholarships: A Cougar Tradition

A career in athletic training in the performing arts is the dream job envisioned by Alexandra (Alee) Bryan, while Kayla Heim looks forward to her first day of work at Moss Adams, a public accounting firm. Fellow classmate Alexandra (Alex) Anderson hopes to pursue a doctorate in psychology and eventually work as a clinical psychologist or school psychologist.

They are determined to succeed….feeling confident and prepared….their lives enriched by the scholarships they received at WSU.

Alee, Kayla, and Alex are recipients of scholarships made possible through the generosity of their classmates—WSU seniors—whose monetary gifts to the Senior Scholarship Fund have been a Cougar tradition since … » More …

Meet: Marissa Chukwu

Marissa Chukwu (’18, Bio.)

Marissa Chukwu (’18, Bio.) always dreamed of attending college to study the medical sciences and become a doctor, eventually gaining the experience to one day establish a hospital in her home country of Nigeria.

First, though, she needed to conquer a substantial hurdle: the rising cost of higher education. “I always had that problem of figuring out how to finance my way through college,” she says.

Her mother was divorced and unable to help Marissa financially. But that obstacle disappeared when Marissa enrolled at WSU and received a generous scholarship to help pay her expenses.

“My mum has always been so supportive of me and the fact … » More …

Meet: Yuliya Baranovskaya

Yuliya Baranovskaya (’17 Bus. Admin.)

Scholarships have empowered Yuliya Baranovskaya in her studies at WSU Tri-Cities, where she has earned a place on the President’s Honor Roll each semester since her freshman year. Now a junior, Yuliya is grateful for the opportunities that keep her educational goals on track as she balances a multitude of responsibilities.

“For me, attending college is not a choice, but a must,” she says. “Working two jobs and being a full-time student was my choice, backed by necessity. In a situation like this, any extra help for tuition and school expenses is welcomed. Scholarships increased my ability to put extra time into school, which is … » More …

Meet: Adam Bakken

Adam Bakken (’15)

Thanks to the scholarships that paid most of his expenses at WSU, Adam Bakken is well-prepared for his next step in life: becoming a teacher and ultimately, working in the field of international education.

Adam will graduate in December with a double degree in Elementary Education and in Linguistics, with a Japanese minor and a Teaching English as a Foreign Language teaching certificate.

“I have always known that I want to be a teacher, instructing the future leaders of tomorrow. I now know I will do this by teaching English to non-native speakers,” he says.

Adam worked part-time while attending WSU, but scholarships made the … » More …

Meet: Janelle Mendoza

Janelle Mendoza (’14; ’15) records programming announcements in the studio of Northwest Public Radio on the campus of Washington State University in Pullman.

Avid listeners of Northwest Public Radio know her name and recognize her voice, but they are unfamiliar with what defines Janelle Mendoza’s character: a determination to overcome obstacles and graduate from WSU with two undergraduate degrees.

Janelle was facing an abrupt end to her educational journey at WSU. “I couldn’t afford many things that were essential to doing well in school, such as purchase books or even pay tuition, which held me back from registering in classes,” she recalls.

Her parents had been borrowing the money to help pay for tuition, fees, books, and housing. But financial pressures increased dramatically when her family was no … » More …

Wash-State-Silhouette
Washington State University Foundation
Washington State University