Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Student Stories


The Goldwater Scholars of 2023-2024

Goldwater Scholarships are granted to sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise and plan to pursue research careers in math, engineering or the natural sciences. These scholarships award up to $7,500 per year. In March 2023, 413 students nationwide were selected for the competitive scholarship. Five were selected from UW.

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Adventures around Colombia with Fulbrighter, Thomas Pepe

Thomas Pepe is currently on a Fulbright Grant to Columbia. He works in the English Department at The National Training Center (SENA), a public institution with a variety of vocational programs including technology and business administration and management. It is a free educational and vocational program with 127 campuses, open to Colombian citizens, and now offered to Venezuelans as well.

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Day in the Life of a Fulbrighter, Rocio Araujo

Rocio Araujo, a 2020 Fulbright Student and UW alumna, graduated with a double major in International Studies and Education, Communities, and Organizations. She began her Fulbright experience as a English Teaching Assistant January in 2021 and has since renewed for a second year. 

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Q&A with Katie Chua, 2022 Yenching Academy Scholar

University of Washington alumna, Katie Chua, Class of 2020, has been selected as a 2022 Yenching Academy Scholar within the Yenching Academy of Peking University in China. Chua earned degrees in English: Language & Literature and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She shared her own experiences of applying to the program and what she is planning to study in a recent Q&A interview. 

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UW alumnus shares excitement for grad school & career as a Foreign Service Officer

University of Washington alumnus Gabriel Kornas, Class of 2019, has been selected as a 2022 Rangel Fellow within the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship program. Kornas earned his B.A in International studies and minored in Law, Societies, and Justice in the interdisciplinary honors program. 

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26 UW students selected as Fulbright semi-finalists

For the 2022-2023 program year, there were 26 UW students selected as semi-finalists by the national selection committee for the Fulbright U.S. student program.

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2020 Senior Spotlight: Victoria Tyron

We asked our very own Victoria Tyron, OMSFA Student Associate and Class of 2020 grad, for a Q&A to reflect on her time at UW and what she’s come to understand about scholarships. Victoria has great tips to share!

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UW alumna awarded Schwarzman Scholarship

University of Washington alumna, Zinan (Crysti) Chen will begin her Schwarzman year in 2020 at Tsinghua University with 145 peer scholars. Zinan was selected from more than 4,700 applicants and will join Schwarzman Scholars’ fifth cohort.

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UW student named Boren Scholar

The Boren Awards program honored three University of Washington students, naming Conor Cunningham and Sarah Slack as recipients, and Oliver Lang as an alternate. The Boren Scholarships award up to $20,000 to study language and regions critical to U.S. interests. In exchange for funding, scholars will work in the federal government for at least one year following graduation. These scholars will be studying in Latvia and Brazil.

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Henry Chan named Schwarzman Scholar

Chan’s bachelor’s degree is in business administration, finance. He was working for Deloitte Consulting when he first learned about the Schwarzman Scholarship — from an in-flight documentary while on a business trip. The opportunity to get a broader understanding of China’s business policy, diplomacy and tech sector alongside similarly-motivated scholars really appealed to Chan. Inspired and intimidated, he knew he had to apply.

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2019 Marshall Scholar – Havana McElvaine

University of Washington alumna Havana McElvaine, Class of 2017, has been selected as a Marshall scholar, one of the highest honors available to college graduates in the U.S. She plans to attend the London School of Economics and Oxford University.

“It’s my goal to continue to engage with issues of social inequality through policy making and social justice work.”

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Q&A with Marshall Sherrell, 2019 Pickering Fellow

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program that seeks to attract and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. It welcomes the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department, women, and those with financial need. Based on the fundamental principle that diversity is a strength in our diplomatic efforts, the program values varied backgrounds, including ethnic, racial, social, and geographic diversity.

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Scholarships and Fellowships Archive

Interested in knowing more about our students engaged in the scholarship process? Browse our archive for information and bios of applicants, nominees, semi-finalists, finalists and scholars of our most prominent scholarships.