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Meet: Yadira Olivera

College has taught graduate student Yadira Olivera a notable lesson she will remember throughput her life: “There is room for mistakes and growth, but
never failure,” says the Robert E. McNair Alumni Scholar and recipient of myriad scholarships. » More …

Meet: Kiyana Boyd

WSU Foundation Scholarship reception at the Davenport Hotel, Spokane Washington.

Kiyana Boyd
Junior, Management Information Systems (MIS)
Hometown:  Federal Way, Washington

 

Kiyana Boyd is a first-generation college student and member of the inaugural class of First Scholars at Washington State University. She is a recipient of the Meyers Family First Scholars at WSU scholarship provided through the generosity of Gina Meyers (‘85). By giving back to her alma mater in this way, Gina is encouraging first-in-their-family college students to pursue higher education and to get the most from the opportunities provided … » More …

Meet: Grace Reed

I am…
Grace Reed, a junior majoring in English with an emphasis in creative writing. I am also an Honors student and a Fulbright Summer Institute participant.

My scholarships are important to me because…
They represent the faith that WSU has in my ability to perform as a dedicated student, and they are a sign of support from those who have gone before me. My parents taught me the value of taking education seriously and are encouraging me to pursue graduate school, if I wish.

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Meet: Ashley Vu

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Junior Ashley Vu is a recipient of the Phil and June Lighty Leadership Scholarship among many others. Never one to shy away from hard work, Ashley is pursuing a double major in pre-medicine and mechanical engineering. Add in her strokes for women’s lightweight crew and her service across campus as a tutor, including in the Honors College, and this undergraduate’s significant impact on the WSU community is clear.

A particularly meaningful WSU experience?
Ashley counts her role as an alumni relations student intern among her most … » More …

Meet: John Kempf

Kempf6-199x300In May, 2014 John Kempf completed his first step toward his lifelong goal of becoming a professional training facility owner and strength and conditioning specialist by earning his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at WSU. Thanks to scholarship support, this first-generation graduate is now ready to “pass on the love” and put his knowledge and skills to use helping others.

Tell us how scholarships helped you make the move from “WSU student” to “WSU alumnus”… 

I would not be who I am today with without the WSU education I have been blessed with. The entire process shaped … » More …

Meet: Sarah Belter

It’s safe to say becoming a member of the Cougar family has had quite an impact on Sarah Belter. From her impeccable academic record to her school spirit, she is the model student preparing to graduate with a degree in computer science that will lead to an exciting future. A proud recipient of numerous scholarships, including the University Achievement Award that she received twice, she acknowledges that this support has greatly helped her focus on what is really important.

“Receiving the University Achievement Award, the Rhiger Scholarship, and the Hardgrove Scholarship in my first two years allowed me to really focus on my academics and … » More …

Meet: Jairo Leonardo Flores Torres

jairo4-225x300A May 2014 WSU graduate, Jairo has achieved a goal that he once thought impossible—graduating from college. He credits scholarships as the key that opened the door to great opportunities in his career and future. Now, he has his sights set on paying it forward through a career in the health care field.

My inspiration:

My parents wanted to pursue professional careers but their economic status meant that for them, college wasn’t an option. They’ve always insisted that I strive for a higher education, so I am very inspired to succeed both academically and professionally—for them … » More …

Meet: Paige Blue

Taylor-3For graduating senior Paige Blue, scholarships opened the door to greater opportunity. With more time to focus on her education, Paige has excelled  as a genetics and cell biology major and has devoted her time at WSU to helping others through her academic leadership and service in several on- and off-campus programs. 

I am…
Paige Blue, and I’ll be graduating in 2014 with a degree in genetics and cell biology and a minor in psychology and pre-genetic counseling.

My scholarships are important to me because…
They have helped lessen the load of college tuition and … » More …

Meet: Rachael Gerboth

I am…
Rachael Gerboth, and I’m excited to be graduating with a degree in biochemistry this May.

On scholarships…
My scholarships have helped me to afford some of the costs of my undergraduate education. This is especially important to me because I am anticipating the costs of pharmacy school as well.

Gerboth-2How I chose my major…
I grew up in Kennewick, Wash. We have a national laboratory and the Hanford site, so I was surrounded by science. Deciding to study science at WSU was a natural choice for me. I enjoyed an honors … » More …

Meet: Carly MacKinnon

A member of WSU’s two-time national rugby championship team, Carly MacKinnon knows that accomplishing her goals requires focus and endurance—and a little support from the Cougar family. Thanks to the help of generous scholarship donors, Carly has achieved her goal of graduating from college and is now working toward her dream to transform rugby into a major world sport.

Carly_n-300x225My inspiration is…

My father. At an early age, he planted a positive seed in my head about the importance of education. Although he passed away when I was 13, my dedication to my studies throughout my … » More …

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