Honors Program Scholarships

for current UW Honors students

The Honors Program offers a number of scholarships that current Honors students may apply for. All application materials must be submitted online by Friday, April 4 at 5pm. Recipients will be notified in mid-May and recognized at a reception at the end of spring quarter. Final awards and terms are dependent on fund availability and subject to change before recipients are notified.

Please contact uwhonors@uw.edu if you have any questions about the process!

Eligibility

For these scholarships, "class standing" is determined by your year at UW, not total credits:

  • a first-year student is a freshman (rising sophomore),
  • a second-year student is a sophomore (rising junior),
  • a third-year student is a junior (rising senior)

Students completing College Honors (enrolled in Interdisciplinary and Departmental Honors) meet the "Honors" requirement for all scholarships, but still must satisfy the "class year" requirement for each award.

Students must be enrolled during Autumn 2014 - Spring 2015 in order to receive scholarship funds. Awardees who wish to use the "Honors Program Scholarship" or "Friedman-Hechter Scholarship" towards a study abroad program in summer 2014 must contact our office to arrange disbursal.

Award Eligibility Amount
Bordeaux Scholarship Rising juniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $1,500
Dillman Scholarship Rising sophomores in Interdisciplinary Honors $1,500
Friedman-Hechter Scholarship Open to all students in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors, intending to enroll in a study abroad program $500
Gerberding Scholarship Rising or returning seniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $1,500
Greene Scholarship Rising juniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors 1yr in-state tuition
Hennes Scholarship Rising or returning seniors in College Honors (Interdisciplinary AND Departmental Honors) $5,000
Honors Program Scholarship Open to all students in Interdisciplinary or Departmental Honors $500
Mary Gates Achievement Scholarship Rising sophomores in Interdisciplinary Honors. Must be WA state resident. 1yr in-state tuition
Wang Scholarship Open to all students in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $2,000

How to Apply

  1. Submit one Honors Scholarship Application for each award you are applying for. Your response to question 5 will direct you to the appropriate essay topic for that scholarship. You may apply for multiple scholarships, but must submit them one at a time.
  2. Upload one copy of your resume or CV to the Honors Scholarship Resume/CV CollectIt. If you are applying to more than one Honors scholarship and have already uploaded your resume/CV, you do not need to upload another.
2014-15 Honors Scholarship Application »
(submit once for each scholarship you want to apply for)
Resume/CV CollectIt »
(only upload one copy)
All materials are due Friday, April 4 @ 5pm

Bordeaux Scholarship

The Bordeaux Scholarship is awarded to rising juniors in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors on the basis of academic merit; students apply during their sophomore year. This fund was established by Barbara and Bruce Bordeaux to provide financial assistance to deserving Honors students at the University of Washington.

  • $1,500 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors
    • A rising junior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Dillman Scholarship

The Dillman Scholarship is awarded to rising sophomores in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors on the basis of academic merit. This fund was established by Everett R. Dillman, who wished to help those who, like himself in his younger days, had ability but lacked the funds to reach their goals with some modicum of comfort. To this end, he left a portion of his estate to the University of Washington for specific use by Honors students who may benefit from such support.

  • $1,500 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary Honors
    • A rising sophomore by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Friedman-Hechter Endowed Scholarship

The Friedman-Hechter Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors student on the basis of outstanding academic performance, and is intended for use during academically-related international travel. Special consideration may be given to students with financial need.

Debra Friedman received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington and taught at the Universities of Washington, Iowa and Arizona. From 1994 to 2005, she served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education, Associate Provost for Academic Planning, and Director of Special Projects for Development and Alumni Relations at UW. After serving as vice president at Arizona State University's downtown Phoenix campus, Friedman returned to UW as chancellor of the Tacoma campus from 2011-2014.

Michael Hechter received his PhD from Columbia University and has taught at the Universities of Washington, Arizona and Oxford. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, author of numerous books and articles, and presently is a Foundation Professor of Global Studies at Arizona State University.

This endowment was funded by individual donors in honor of Drs. Friedman and Hechter and their many years of service to the University of Washington.

  • $500 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award
    • For use during academically-related international travel
    • Special consideration given to students with financial need

Gerberding Scholarship

The William Gerberding Scholarship is awarded to an Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors student judged to have rendered exemplary service or brought special distinction to the Honors community. This fund was established to honor University of Washington President Emeritus Dr. William P. Gerberding and to provide financial assistance to deserving Honors students. Candidates for this scholarship should be an active part of the Honors community, contributing to its academic, intellectual, and social life, in addition to achieving high academic goals.

This scholarship was funded with gifts from current and former deans of the University in honor of William P. and Ruth Gerberding's many contributions to the University of Washington during his sixteen years and two months as president.

William Gerberding retired from UW after serving as president from 1979 until 1995, when he retired. He earned his doctorate in political science at the University of Chicago and taught at UCLA for 11 years before beginning his career in administration. Gerberding's tenure as president saw an increase in public and private support -- including the University's first major fund drive -- and the building of UW Tacoma and UW Bothell. He was a leader in higher education nationally, serving as chair of the Association of American Universities.

During his presidency and after his retirement, he and his wife Ruth have been active as volunteers in the community, particularly with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera.

  • $1,500 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors
    • A rising or continuing senior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Greene Scholarship

Lawrence M. Greene established a bequest to the University of Washington to recognize the impact that his education here had on his life, with a particular nod to former dean of Arts & Sciences, Edward Lauer (under whom the Honors Program was once housed.) Apparently during his undergraduate years in the 1940s, the Dean of A&S called Larry (known as "Laughing Larry" in reference to his zest for life) into his office one quarter after Larry's grade point was 0.0, telling him to straighten out his life and studies or he'd be expelled. The next quarter Larry's grade point was 3.6, and his bequest is in appreciation for the dean's advice and the education Larry received.

  • Award is equivalent to 1 year of in-state tuition
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors
    • A rising junior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Hennes Scholarship

The Ran Hennes Honors Scholarship provides partial tuition support for a College Honors student with an excellent academic record combined with active participation and service in the larger University community. Honors students engaged in the UW beyond purely academic accomplishments and who are making a visible contribution to the UW student community are encouraged to apply.

Dr. Hennes served as Associate Director for the University of Washington Honors Program (1963-2001). He was a beloved mentor and role model for students, staff, and faculty alike. He was passionate about serving students and was deeply involved with both the Honors Program and UW Athletics. He was a respected military history scholar and taught courses through the UW's Department of History. The Ran Hennes Honors Scholarship remembers his legacy in Honors and throughout the UW.

  • Award covers $5000 of tuition or other related academic expenses
  • Eligibility
    • A student in College Honors (pursuing both Interdisciplinary and Departmental Honors)
    • A rising or continuing senior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Honors Program Scholarship

The Honors Program Scholarship is awarded to Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors students on the basis of outstanding academic performance in one of the three disciplinary areas (Natural Science, Humanities/Arts, or Social Sciences). The Honors Program encourages students to apply for these funds to assist with study abroad or direct exchange expenses. This fund is supported by the generous donation of various friends of the Honors Program.

  • $500 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Mary Gates Achievement Scholarship

The Mary Gates Achievement Scholarship is awarded to a rising sophomore in Interdisciplinary Honors who has demonstrated academic excellence during their freshman year. The Mary Gates Endowment was established by Bill and Melinda Gates to support excellence in undergraduate education at the University of Washington and to create new opportunities for students to become independent learners and community leaders. Bill's mother, Mary Maxwell Gates (1929-1994), for whom the Endowment is named, was a great leader who promoted voluntary service and philanthropy both locally and nationally; she served on the University of Washington Board of Regents from 1975 until 1993.

  • 1-year in-state tuition
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary Honors
    • A rising sophomore by year, not credits
    • Only Washington State residents are eligible for consideration
    • Students who received a Mary Gates Endowment Scholarship as incoming freshmen are not eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Shih Chun and Mamie Kwoh Wang Endowed Scholarship

This endowment was established by former Provost and Executive Vice President Phyllis Wise to honor her parents, Shih Chun and Mamie Kwoh Wang. They both immigrated to the United States and completed their graduate education in this country. They always valued the opportunities afforded them because of the education they had received. They expected their children, Phyllis M. Wang Wise and Nancy E. Wang Wilcox, to pursue education with dedication and passion, and to value the unique opportunities that education enables.

Selection is based on academic merit, and preference is given to students who have had a deep cultural experience with Asia, either through their life experiences or studies. Students in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors are eligible.

  • $2,000 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary, Departmental, or College Honors
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award
    • Preference is given to students who have had a deep cultural experience with Asia, either through their life experience or studies
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