Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

2015-16 Undergraduate Scholars, Finalists & Nominees

Applying for scholarships takes tremendous time and effort, and selection processes are exceptionally competitive. While there is never a guarantee of selection, applicants do learn a great deal about their interests, goals, experiences, make the connections needed to reach those goals, and develop the resilience to keep working toward them!

Please click on the scholarship program names to view the 2015-16 list of applicants, nominees and scholars.

Beinecke Scholarship Program

Through the Beinecke Scholarship Program, twenty college juniors of exceptional ability and achievement from across the US are awarded $34,000 for graduate school in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. UW is able to nominate one student annually. Learn more about UW’s nomination process.

2015-16 UW Nominee:

  • Michael Monicatti, Communication and Drama

2016 Beinecke Nominee, Michael Monicatti

While not performing in plays and musicals on stage, Michael spends his time reading novels, listening to NPR podcasts, and volunteering with the Undergraduate Theater Society as their Publicity Director. He works for a local catering company and is very passionate about health and wellness topics. Recently, Michael performed with the on-campus Gospel Choir. He is spending his last chunk of time here taking advantage of the new musical theatre training and fascinating courses about human behavior in the psychology department. After graduation he plans to perform around Seattle building up his resume before attending graduate school for an MFA in Acting on the East Coast.

Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Established in 1991, the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship provides funding opportunities for U.S. students to study languages and world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America & the Caribbean, and the Middle East).

2015-16 Undergraduate Scholars:

  • Iman Akhtar, International Studies 
  • Ednauh Kamlondy, International Studies 
  • Gary Lau, Political Science 
  • Zachary Reshovsky, International Studies 
  • Natalie Riel, International Studies  
  • Payton Young, International Studies

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship

Each year the Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship offers approximately 10-12 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year to work as research assistants to the endowment’s senior associates. UW is able to nominate two students annually.

2015-16 UW Nominees:

    • Daniel Keum, Political Science and Law Societies & Justice 
    • Benjamin Lee, International Studies and Chinese (Read more about Ben)

Charles B. Rangel Fellowship

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.

2015-16 UW Rangel Fellow:

      • Hamda Yusuf, International Studies: Europe

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Hamda Yusuf graduated in 2016 with a degree in International Studies and minors in German and African Studies. She is a Somali-American and calls both Hargeisa, Somalia and Seattle, Washington home. Hamda has been heavily involved with the Somali Student Association on campus and served as the Community Affairs Officer. Earlier in her undergraduate studies she was able to intern with Senator Maria Cantwell’s Seattle office where she focused on immigration and visa issues. During her time at UW she developed a passion for studying immigration pathways, cultural studies, and human rights.

These passions were a big motivation in her applying for both the Rangel Fellowship and the Fulbright-Austria Community Based Combined Grant for the 2016-2017 year. Having already participated in the Spring in Vienna study abroad program her sophomore year, Hamda felt well prepared to return to a city that she found both beautiful and perplexing. With the Fulbright grant, she will work as an English teaching assistant in an Austrian secondary school, attend classes at the University of Vienna, and work with an organization that finds better housing for refugees in Austria. If she manages to have any free time, she hopes to fulfill her dream of hiking parts of the Alps.

After her Fulbright year, Hamda plans to join the Rangel Fellowship Program and do her graduate studies at the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs in New York City where she will focus on conflict and security. Hamda hopes to eventually serve as a consular officer for the Foreign Service, where she will be able to work to promote security and increase understanding between nations. As a first-generation college student, Hamda wants to recognize her parents for always motivating her to be a positive force in the world.

Class of 1954 Achievement Scholarship

Sponsored by the University of Washington Alumni Class of 1954 in honor of their 50th Class Reunion, the Class of 1954 Achievement Scholarship is awarded to outstanding UW students who, by their achievements and goals, enrich society and themselves. Support is given to students who plan foreign study or those seeking to work in communities of need.

Read more about all of the 2016 Alumni Class Gift Scholars (1954, 1957, 1962)

2016 Scholars:

      • Sumaya Mohamed, Public Health and Anthropology
      • Miriam Ly Paclibon, Medical Anthropology and Global Health

Class of 1957 Scholar Award

The Class of 1957 Scholar Award is sponsored by the UW Alumni Class of 1957 to provide scholarship support to outstanding undergraduate students at the University of Washington who demonstrate high academic merit.

Read more about all of the 2016 Alumni Class Gift Scholars (1954, 1957, 1962)

2016 Scholars:

      • Aysha Ayub, Biology
      • Sarah Yu, International Studies, Computer Science and Economics

Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship

The Class of 1962 Endowed Scholarship was developed to commemorate the 1962 alumni’s collective experience at UW. Their generous gifts fund this scholarship in honor of their 50th Reunion and the 150th Anniversary of UW! The scholarship provides financial assistance to current undergraduate students at UW with demonstrated academic merit, leadership and service.

Read more about all of the 2016 Alumni Class Gift Scholars (1954, 1957, 1962)

2016 Scholar:

      • Eliseo Banda-Gonzalez, Sociology

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship Program provides fully-funded seven to ten week group-based intensive language instruction and extensive cultural enrichment experiences held overseas at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels for U.S. citizen undergraduate, Master’s and Ph.D. students. Languages supported include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu.

2015-16 Undergraduate Scholars:

      • Jasmine Koss, Business Administration
      • Ahrif Mckee, Aeronautics & Astronautics
      • Elizabeth Purdy, International Studies
      • Reanne Wong, Business Administration

DAAD Graduate Study Scholarship

Through the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate Scholarships for Study and/or Research, highly qualified graduating seniors or those who have received an undergraduate degree of all disciplines may apply for a year of independent research or a full Master’s degree program at a German university.

2015-16 Applicants:

      • Melissa Gile, Scholar, Chemical Engineering
      • Jordan Habenicht, International Studies

Melissa Gile: “While I am studying chemical engineering, I have also found love for many different activities ranging from painting to soccer to learning German. A big part of my identity is that I am multifaceted in my personal and professional interests. I’ll be able to tie many of these interests together by pursuing a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the Fachhochschule Münster through a DAAD Study Scholarship. In particular, I am interested in the development of technologies via translational research. As a chemical engineer, I believe that I am responsible for the facilitation of scientific advancements, as well as their impacts on the community and environment at large. In the future, I aim to pursue this through the innovation and affordable development of biomedical devices and materials.”


The DAAD RISE program is an international, competitive scholarship that supports undergraduates in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering.  The program offers opportunities to students to work in research groups at top research institutions in Germany during the summer.

2015-16 RISE Scholars:

      • Natalie Hillerson, Biochemistry
      • Linh Tran, Biochemistry
      • Anton Nachmanson, Chemical Engineering
      • Kara Krebs, Mechanical Engineering
      • Connor Tsuchida, Bioengineering

Eleanor Davis Pinkham Scholarship

The Pinkham Scholarship is made in honor of Eleanor Davis Pinkham, a Roosevelt High School graduate who went on to graduate from the University of Washington.  Each year, the Eleanor Davis Pinkham Scholarship is awarded to a Roosevelt High School graduate entering as a first year student at the University of Washington.

2016 Scholars:

      • Jin Huang, Pre-Engineering
      • Anthony Lefaive, Pre-Engineering and Music

Fritz Scholarship

Funded by the Chester Fritz Endowment, the Fritz Scholarship is academically competitive and provides study abroad funding for UW undergraduates in eligible social science and humanities majors.

Autumn 2015 Scholars:

      • Halle Bergen Epstein, Communication and Political Science
      • Morgan Black, Political Science
      • Emily Bowman, Spanish
      • Colton Campbell, Political Science
      • Allison Charoni, Communication and Comparative Literature
      • Ben Ferrara, Business Administration and Spanish
      • Madeline Gunderson, Business Administration and International Studies
      • Talia Haller, International Studies, Environmental Studies
      • Veronica Hernandez, Drama and English
      • Kayley Knopf, International Studies
      • Hope Miles, International Studies
      • Ean Tatum, International Studies and Near Eastern Studies
      • Natalie Tuck, Early Childhood & Family Studies and Spanish
      • Charles Woldorf, Economics and Germanics

Spring 2016 Scholars:

      • Lucienne Aggarwal, English
      • Jaeeun Allison, Comparative History of Ideas
      • Wilson Charles, Philosophy and Political Science
      • Aylin Erden, International Studies: Asia
      • Matt Huang, Law, Societies & Justice and History
      • Daisy Jaime, Anthropology
      • Charlie Jones, English
      • Helen Kapitonenko, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior
      • Thomas Kovach, Swedish
      • Sarah Lieibson, International Studies: Asia
      • Henry Milader, International Studies, Near Eastern Studies and Business Administration
      • Tiana Neuerburg, French
      • Randy Nguyen, Psychology and International Studies
      • Tiffany Nguyen, Japanese and International Studies
      • Kiri Nibler, Political Science
      • Miriam Paclibon, Anthropology
      • Maya Paschal, English
      • Amaris Penaloza-Rayo, American Ethnic Studies and Spanish
      • Alejandra Perez Guzman, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior and American Ethnic Studies
      • Kathryn Pruett, Anthropology
      • Norma Purdom, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
      • Yesenia Velasquez, Accounting and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
      • Nala Williams, Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies
      • Eugenia Yang, International Studies and Informatics

Fulbright US Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for United States students to undertake international graduate study, advanced research and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

2015-16 Undergraduate Semi-Finalists & Fulbrighters (read more about the Fulbrighters & Alternates):

      • Rachel Abramson, Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health, undertaking a Fulbright-funded Anthropology-related research project in China
      • Margaret Babayan, Public Health, undertaking a Fulbright-funded English Teaching Assistantship in Armenia
      • Taylor Boyd, Neurobiology, undertaking a Fulbright-funded English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea
      • Kelsey Brewster, International Studies, undertaking a Fulbright-funded English Teaching Assistantship in Malaysia
      • Elizabeth Castro, International Studies, undertaking a Fulbright-funded English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico
      • Bronwyn Clarke, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, semi-finalist
      • Tessa Fager, Near Eastern Studies and Political Science, undertaking a Fulbright-funded English Teaching Assistantship in Jordan
      • Malika Garoui, Math and Economics, Alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey
      • Damian Kashfia, Global Studies, semi-finalist
      • Adiba Khan, Biochemistry and Communication, semi-finalist
      • Emma Kibort-Crocker, Comparative Literature, undertaking a Fulbright-funded English Teaching Assistantship in Vietnam
      • David Lee, Sustainable Urban Development, semi-finalist
      • Kimberly Matsudaira, Business Administration, Alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea
      • John McClung, Anthropology, Alternate for a research project in the Philippines
      • Eric Nucci, Civil Engineering, undertaking a Fulbright-funded Energy-related research in Chile
      • Imaan Ramezanzadeh, Near Eastern Studies and English, undertaking a Fulbright-funded English Teaching Assistantship in Tajikistan
      • Sophia Winkler-Schor, Environmental Science & Resource Management and Environmental Studies, Alternate for a research project in Brazil
      • Elizabeth Wu, English and Drama: Performance, semi-finalist
      • Hamda Yusuf, International Studies: Europe, undertaking a Fulbright-funded Community-Based Combined Grant in Austria

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

2016 Undergraduate Scholar:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a national scholarship for awarded to US citizen undergraduates for study or internships abroad.

2015-16 Scholars & Alternates:

      • Rajdeep Chokar, Psychology and Anthropology 
      • Eugene Choi, Pre-Major
      • Na Young Chung, Pre-Health Sciences
      • Meron Fikru, Law, Societies & Justice
      • Emi Harada, Electrical Engineering
      • Daniel Kim, Environmental Science & Resource Management
      • Melissa Martinez, Comparative History of Ideas: Anthropology
      • Anja Mcelvaney, Comparative History of Ideas
      • Amadara Oguara, International Studies
      • Laura Riley, Anthropology
      • Satchel Schmidt, Pre-Major
      • Sarah Sherman, Business Administration
      • Janet Yi, Psychology and Anthropology
      • Elizabeth Purdy, International Studies

GO! Scholarship

Funded by the Washington State Legislature, the GO! Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that supports UW undergraduates engaged in study, research or internships abroad.

 Fall 2015 GO! Scholars: 

      • Alyssa Adwell, Sociology and Comparative History of Ideas
      • Halle Bergen Epstein, Communication and Political Science
      • Colton Campbell, Political Science
      • Veronica Cedillo-Hernandez, Drama and English
      • Kelsie Crawford, Environmental Science & Resource Management     
      •  Heidi Daniel, Early Childhood & Family Studies
      • Melissa Degraaff, English and Spanish
      • Mari Demeke, International Studies
      • Pablo Espinosa, Biology and Biochemistry
      • Brenda Fernandez, Communication and Political Science
      • Alleya Fogg, International Studies: Europe
      • Alexandra Holtumm, Law, Societies & Justice
      • Millie Kaur, Philosophy
      • Daniel Kim, Environmental Science & Resource Management
      • Kristin Lee, Business Administration
      • Chinh Lee, Communication and Political Science
      • Rain Lim, Interdisciplinary Arts
      • Iryna Novachuck, International Studies
      • Amadara Oguara, International Studies
      • Heron Paulson-Quick, Spanish
      • Diana Skidmore, Anthropology
      • Brenda Taing, Pre-Sciences
      • Elen Tesfamariam, Political Science

 Spring 2016 GO! Scholars:

      • Farida Abdullah, Psychology and Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health
      • Edith Almanza Fuerte, Biology: Molecular, Cellular & Developmental
      • Joanna Avila, Pre-Major
      • Juliana Ayala-Flores, Early Childhood & Family Studies and Pre-Nursing
      • Grace Bae, Public Health
      • Sami Bailey, Pre-Nursing
      • Sierra Bains, Pre-Publi Health
      • Taylor Bellamy, Extended Pre-Major
      • Bianca Birchfield, Environmental Studies
      • Alex Bosco, Comparative Literature: Cinema Studies
      • Liepa Braciulyte, Comparative History of Ideas and Spanish
      • Daizha Brown, Business Administration: Marketing and Information Systems
      • Isabella Brown, Economics and International Studies
      • Michael Butler, Bioengineering
      • Lundy By, Interactive Media Design
      • Kendra Canton, Pre-Major
      • Ricardo Carrillo, Applied Computing
      • Wilson Charles, Philosophy and Political Science
      • Erin Childs, Architectural Design
      • Sarah Conklin, International Studies
      • Josh Dawson, Pre-Sciences
      • Dikshya Dhakal, Economics
      • Marisol Diaz, Community, Environment & Planning
      • Kenia Diaz, Pre-Sciences
      • Marina Dolgova, Political Science and Law, Societies & Justice
      • Shay Dupris, American Indian Studies
      • Misha Excell-Rehm, Early Childhood & Family Studies
      • Hana Feseha, Pre-Social Sciences
      • Audrey Fleck, English: Creative Writing
      • Arianna Flores, Public Health
      • Feruza Ghias, Community Psychology and Society, Ethics, & Human Behavior
      • Samantha Gil-Vargas, Pre-Architecture and Urban Planning
      • Mike Guevarra, Business Administration
      • Mindy Gunn, Nursing
      • Dani Harris, Psychology
      • Nicole Harris, Comparative History of Ideas
      • Saige Hawthorne, Sociology and Drama
      • Chad Heger, Business Administration: Marketing and Entrepreneurship
      • Zach Hunter, Law, Societies & Justice
      • Susan Hur, Pre-Nursing
      • Elizabeth Jatta, Public Health
      • Jack Kaltreider, Pre-Sciences
      • Helen Kapitonenko, Society, Ethics & Human Behavior
      • Liam Keefe, Chemical Engineering
      • Chris Kim, Bus Admin (Oper & Supply Chain Mgmt) and International Studies
      • Clayton Kinder, Political Science
      • Sophie Knudson, Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health
      • Soo Kwon, Economics and International Studies
      • Kenneth Lam, Political Science and Economics
      • Yeh-Eun Lee, Sociology and Human Centered Design & Engineering
      • Misha Grace Lee, Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health
      • Angela Li, Business Administration: Marketing and Certificate in International Business
      • Honson Ling, Early Childhood & Family Studies
      • Elizabeth Mateo, Criminal Justice
      • Yarid Mera, Extended Pre-Major
      • Nina Mesihovic, Geography
      • Mayra Muratalla Munoz, Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health
      • Brook Negussie, Pre-Major
      • Kelley Nguyen, Pre-Social Sciences
      • Randy Nguyen, Psychology and International Studies: Asia
      • Dalena Nguyen, Public Health
      • Jessica Niewohner, Pre-Humanities
      • Olivia Nivison, English: Creative Writing
      • Miriam Paclibon, Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health
      • Haley Pardo, Art: Painting and Drawing
      • Richard Parra, Pre-Engineering
      • Amaris Penaloza-Rayo, American Ethnic Studies and Spanish
      • Cecilia Perez, Extended Pre-Major, Pre-Nursing
      • Alejandra Perez Guzman, Society, Ethics, & Human Behavior and American Ethnic Studies
      • Tracy Pham, Public Health
      • Larissa Phan, Interactive Media Design
      • Ashley Powell, Biology: Ecology, Evolution & Conservation
      • Gabby Preciado, Civil Engineering
      • Dominic Racelis, Bus Admin (Oper & Supply Chain Mgmt) and Informatics
      • Daniel Riesco, International Studies
      • Stephanie Romero, Pre-Sciences
      • Anna Saephan, Drama: Performance
      • Eduardo Santos, Sociology
      • Karim Satti, Philosophy
      • Sep Shamsollahi, Business Administration: Finance
      • Amina Sheikh, Public Health
      • Marleny Silva, Pre-Major
      • Manreet Singh, Law, Societies, & Justice
      • Manjot Singh, Pre-Sciences
      • Vichit Sitthideth, Informatics
      • Jordan Smith, Materials Science & Engineering
      • Nancy Soto, Communication
      • Hannah Strelau, French
      • Anita Subba, Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health
      • Heather Swanson, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
      • Ashley Techavimol, Speech & Hearing Sciences
      • Amanda Thomson, Spanish
      • Alvaro Tlachi, Pre-Major
      • Daniel Tobin, Comparative History of Ideas and Psychology
      • Maria Torres, Pre-Sciences
      • Yesenia Velasquez, Accounting and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
      • Anna Wahler-Edwards, Eastern European Languages and Literature & Culture
      • Mckinley Walter, Environmental Studies
      • Kaya Warrior, Sociology
      • Kendall Watanabe, Public Health
      • Shannon Widdicombe, Criminal Justice
      • Nala Williams, Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies: Languages & Civilization
      • Trevor Wong, Japanese
      • Cassandra Wright, English
      • Janet Yi, Psychology and Anthropology: Medical Anthropology & Global Health
      • Bontu Yousuf, Comparative History of Ideas and Pre-Business Administration
      • Sam Zeng, Pre-Engineering
      • Shwe Zin, Psychology

Barry Goldwater Scholarship

The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue academic study and research careers in those fields.

2015-16 UW Nominees:

      • Camille Birch, Bioengineering
      • Amanda Qu, Biochemistry
      • Austin Stromme, Math and Computer Science (Read more about Austin)
      • Connor Tsuchida, Bioengineering

Luce Scholars Program

The Luce Scholars Program represents a major effort by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Launched in 1974, the Luce Scholars Program is aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.

2015-16 Undergraduate Nominees:

      • Dylan Moore, Biochemistry
      • Benjamin Pennant, Aeronautics & Astronautics

Marshall Scholarships

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.  Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.   As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions.

2016-17 Nominees:

      • Ian Bellows, International Studies
      • Mollie Holmberg, Ecology, Evolution & Conservation Biology
      • Zoe Miles, Psychology
      • Zachary Reshovsky, International Studies
      • Elizabeth Wu, English, Drama

Martin Family Foundation Achievement Scholarship

The Martin Family Foundation established the Martin Achievement Scholarship program to select and fund students, a year from transferring to UW-Seattle, who have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in art, humanities, music, science, and/or leadership at one of the fifteen Washington State Community Colleges located around the Puget Sound region.

2015-16 Martin Achievement Scholars: (Read more about these students)

      • Musa Abdi, Biology
      • Jane Harrell, Atmospheric Science
      • Robert Pederson, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering

Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship

The Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program selects Washington State Community College students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their baccalaureate degrees at the University of Washington Seattle Campus.  They are selected during their transfer year to the UW-Seattle.

2015-16 Martin Honors Scholars: (Read more about these students)

      • Clare Campbell, Chemical Engineering
      • Elizabeth Jatta, Public Health
      • Keino Robinson, Public Health
      • Uri Zvi, Bioengineering

Phillip Yin & Friends American Dream Foundation

Phillip Yin and Friends American Dream Foundation (PYFADF) was founded on the belief that every student should have the opportunity to fulfill their educational goals. As an alumni of the University of Washington, Mr. Yin started the Foundation to help motivated students by sharing a part of their financial burden associated with going to a university.

2015-16 PYFADF Scholars: (Read more about these students)

      • Joanna Avila, Pre-Major
      • (name withheld), Communications
      • Madeline Brown, Pre-Major
      • Sanjana Galgalikar, Human Centered Design & Engineering and Informatics
      • Samantha Gil-Vargas, Human Centered Design & Engineering
      • Peter Kohring, Dance and Psychology
      • Cristal Ramos, Social Welfare
      • Leah Shin, Business
      • Sheldon Spring, Business
      • Marie Vergara, Early Childhood & Family Studies

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.  A class of 83 Scholars is selected each year from 20 countries.  40 Scholars are selected for the United States.

2015-16 Finalist:

      • Krittika D’Silva, Bioengineering and Computer Engineering

2016-17 Nominees:

      • Ian Bellows, International Studies
      • Daniel (Byung-Hee) Keum, Political Science; Law, Societies, and Justice
      • Zachary Reshovsky, International Studies
      • Austin Wright-Pettibone, Chemical Engineering
      • Sarah Yu, International Studies, Computer Science, Economics


GO! STEMxchange scholarship supports students majoring in STEM fields in exchange opportunities.

2015-16 Scholars:

      • Salina Abraham, Environmental Science & Resource Management: Economics
      • Amalia De La Iglesia, Psychology
      • Madeline Hille, Earth and Space Sciences
      • Emmeline Johns, Psychology
      • Tsering Karzay, Electrical Engineering
      • Kayla Lucia, Public Health
      • Randy Nguyen, Pscyhology and International Studies
      • Jadon Schiller, Environmental Science & Resource Management
      • Russ Shean, Environmental Health
      • Travis Stinebaugh, Computer Science and Systems
      • Jacqueline Wagner, Drama and Microbiology

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment.

2015-16 Seattle Campus Nominee:

      • Talia Haller, Business Administration and International Studies

Talia HallerTalia Haller is a sophomore dedicated to tackling the climate change challenge. She hopes to make her mark by perpetuating the renewable energy revolution and promoting sustainable development. In 2014, Talia enrolled at the University of Washington to pursue a double major in Business Administration and International Studies with a focus on the environment.

As a freshman at the University of Washington, Talia jumped into campus sustainability efforts by volunteering for the Campus Sustainability Fund during her first quarter. Additionally, under the direct supervision of our President of the Puget Sound Association of Sigma Kappa Jaclynn Treat, Talia had an integral role in the creation and development of an award winning pilot project implementing sustainable goals and initiatives at UW Sigma Kappa Sorority. As the first ever Sustainability Chairwoman, her incredible ambition and enthusiasm enabled her to take on the challenging tasks of establishing goals, initiating programs and refining data with the intent to support the reduction of young women’s carbon emissions and the building’s energy use intensity. The program has grown to national potential, partnering with another chapter from Arizona State University, and has begun to develop objectives and goals for national growth and development (Learn more: Sigma Kappa’s Road to Sustainability).

Talia’s passion about sustainability and environmental activism didn’t stop within her own sorority. Going above and beyond this year, Talia acted upon her vision to develop a Greek-wide sustainability project that also included collaboration with other sustainability-oriented UW entities (for example, the UW Farm, the UW Biodiesel Cooperative, and UW Solar). Working with EcoReps, an RSO that helps students develop sustainable projects on campus, Talia helped launch and is now the Director of the Green Greek Representative Program (GGRP), a student run program working to make the UW Greek Community a more sustainable place. After graduation, Talia plans to pursue graduate studies in Energy & Environmental policy with an emphasis on International Security. Eventually, Talia wants to work in think tanks or the State Department where she can contribute to creating sustainable energy policies.

Yenching Academy

The mission of the Yenching Academy program is to equip outstanding young scholars with a broad, interdisciplinary knowledge of China that reflects both Chinese and international perspectives, and to cultivate leaders who will advocate for global progress and cultural understanding. The program offers interdisciplinary classroom and field study of Chinese history and culture, as well as real-time issues in China’s development.

2015-16 UW Nominees:

      • Vincent Pham, English
      • Zachary Reshovsky, Scholar, International Studies

Zachary ReshovskyZachary Reshovsky was born in Pasadena, California. Both artists by trade, Zachary’s father and mother had careers in cinematography and professional illustration respectively. At age 12, he moved up to San Juan Island, enrolling in a local alternative school. Here, he enjoyed engaging in a variety of subjects, ranging from creative writing to mock trial to geographic studies. Following 8th grade, his family moved to Bellevue, Washington, where he attended Interlake High School. At Interlake, he completed the rigorous International Baccalaureate program in 10th and 11th grade, one year ahead normal schedule. Zachary is currently a Freshman with Junior standing in terms of credits. He is majoring in International Studies at the Jackson School with an East Asia Concentration and intends to work in diplomacy and/or international human rights law following his graduation.

He sees his studies at Peking University as an extension of his obligation to the public good. The Yenching Scholarship will provide an environment where he can gain the cross-cultural life experiences that will allow him to grow into an effectual and empathetic international public servant. Ultimately, through the Yenching Scholarship he can gain much of the erudition and on-the-ground experiential skills necessary to launch a successful career in diplomacy or international policymaking.

YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund

The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund invests in the future of the fashion industry through awarding scholarships to undergraduate students with an interest in working in the fashion industry, either from the business perspective or the design perspective.

2015-16 Scholars:

Renee Chang, Visual Communication Design
Renee ChangRenee Chang is currently a senior at the University of Washington with a passion for creating beautiful aesthetics and design, natural eye for detail, and a mind naturally wired to explore and solve broad challenges. The three naturally come together and support her major in Visual Communication Design and minor in Entrepreneurship – all about creating cohesion within teams and solution, usually working with talented and varied teams. Her appreciation for fashion started at a young age, and through different influences has grown into a larger appreciation and willingness to challenge the potential of the fashion and beauty industry in areas of philanthropy and sustainability.

On campus, she’s volunteered and been a part of a variety of educational or philanthropic programs and organizations such as Relay for Life, Dream Project, First Year Programs, and is also a member of AIGA Seattle. Having interned this past summer for Gibson Innovations (formerly Philips consumer electronics) in Hong Kong, she gained valuable exposure to the retail and merchandise industry as well as international work experience. While the scope of these experiences seems broad, the culmination of these skills and interests lies in the root of her motivation: creating beautiful solutions for people. Renee plans to pursue a design career possibly in marketing and advertising, in an agency or workplace committed to creating effective and creative solutions.

Nathan Chang, Pre-Design
Nathan ChangNathan Chang currently studies at the University of Washington as a sophomore in the design major. He became interested in clothes at a young age, and started sewing his own clothes in high school. Originally, he wanted to study entrepreneurship in order to open his own company. But after taking classes in design, he realized he wanted to own more of the design process rather than the administrative side of things. Now, Nathan pursues design as a whole, wanting to earn experience with everything from visuals to products instead of only fashion.
Cathy Feng, Pre-Business
Cathy FengCathy Feng entered the University of Washington through UW Academy, an early entrance program, and is a sophomore intending to major in Business. Her interest in fashion began as a hobby, and she found deeper meaning beyond clothing when she took a course on Italian Fashion History in her first quarter at UW. The class explored themes of identity and fashion as a reflection of social change. It helped solidify her interest in fashion and made her want to make a mark on the industry. Seeking greater challenges, she decided to join the Interdisciplinary Honors Program which is designed to expand students’ perspectives through discussion-based classes, experiential learning, and personal reflection. Her journey with the Honors Program will help her develop skills needed to solve real-world issues. Cathy aspires to link her passion in business and fashion with global perspectives.
Kate Kitto, Communication
Kate KittoRaised in Lake Oswego, Oregon, the lure of the big city brought Kate Kitto to Seattle and the University of Washington, where she is currently a junior majoring in Communications with a minor in Entrepreneurship. As a freshman, Kate became involved with the UW EcoCAR team, first as a member of the Communications team, and then as Communications Manager. In this position, she oversaw all marketing and promotions for the hybrid electric vehicle team and had the opportunity to travel around the country for competitions, giving interviews and making presentations to representatives from GM and the Department of Energy, among others. Through EcoCAR, Kate discovered her love the for ‘startup environment’ and was accepted into the Lavin Entrepreneurship program. Since joining the program, Kate has worked with numerous Seattle-based fashion tech startups, most notably establishing a brand ambassador program at Glamhive and a blogger network at In the future, Kate hopes work in the fashion startup industry.
Joyce Tang, Business Administration
Joyce Tang2Two time YMA Fashion Scholar Fund winner, Joyce Tang is both passionate about fashion and incredibly opportunistic. Her ultimate dream is to one day start and run her own sustainable fashion company. This career and life goal led her to study Entrepreneurship and International Business, where she believes she can contribute the most to companies on the strategic, marketing, and business side.

As a freshman, Joyce was struck by the excitement of what it entailed to be an entrepreneur. She realized that she wanted to make a positive social impact through business and that to achieve her goals she had to lead her own initiatives. Her interest in fashion began early, but didn’t seem within reach until she first won the YMA Fashion Scholar Fund Award as a sophomore. The leap of faith that took her 4 months to create a 14-page plan to support her own socially impactful fashion accessory line led to a trip to New York City funded by the scholarship. That year, Joyce was inspired by her experience through YMA to realize her fashion dreams which appeared so much closer and realistic after opportunities to be physically close to industry leaders in New York. Later that year, she interned with Khunu while studying abroad in Beijing, China. This sustainable fashion startup that created yak wool menswear was a turning point for Joyce in seeing the potential impact and importance for fashion to be more meaningful. Influenced by Krochet Kids, Nisolo, and Sseko Designs, Joyce hopes to start her own fashion company with a similar business model. After graduation, she plans to do a one-year rotation program with a fashion company in New York, an opportunity presented by the internship fair at this year’s YMA Awards event, to launch her career in fashion.