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Student Stories


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 Sees Largest Number of Fulbright Semi-Finalists To Date!

In 2020, the UW proudly saw 29 of its undergraduate and 9 of its graduate students be selected as semi-finalists for the Fulbright Student Program. Students selected in the spring will travel to countries such as Algeria, South Korea, New Zealand and Columbia and take part in teaching assistantships and research for the academic year.

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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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16 students awarded with the Fulbright!

Fourteen UW undergraduate students or recent alumni are among this year’s Fulbright Student Program winners and will travel to countries such as India, Chile and Kosovo to take part in research and teaching assistantships for the academic year. Two graduate-level students will travel to Brazil and Mauritius.

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The Goldwater Scholars of 2018-2019

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 a year to help cover costs associated with tuition, mandatory fees, books, room and board. For the 2019-20 academic year, 496 students nationwide were selected for the competitive scholarship. Two were selected from UW.

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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.