Honors Program Scholarships

for current UW Honors students

Scholarship Stats per Year

20+
Scholarships awarded

$1.2M+
in Scholarships & Awards

24
Scholarships made possible by alumni gifts

The Honors Program provides scholarship opportunities for students currently enrolled in the Program. These scholarships are supported through gifts from alumni, faculty, foundations and other stakeholders who understand the value of a rigorous interdisciplinary education grounded in reflection.  Their investments support students taking up the challenge of Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors. 

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Information for Students

Deadline to apply is March 30, 2020, 5 p.m. Recipients are notified in mid-May and recognized at a special awards reception at the end of spring quarter. Final awards and terms are dependent on fund availability and subject to change.

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

*Please note: To be eligible to apply for a current Honors Program scholarship, students must be accepted to the Honors Program and currently taking classes at UW. Students must be in good standing as determined by the Honors Program requirements.

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)

All applicants must be active and in good standing within their respective Honors track(s) to be reviewed for any scholarship.

Students must be enrolled during autumn 2020 – spring 2021 and in good standing in Honors to receive scholarship funds. Awardees who wish to use the “Honors Program Scholarship” towards a study abroad program in summer 2020 must contact our office to arrange for early disbursal. Note: Scholarships awarded in the form of tuition waivers cannot be used to cover the costs of study abroad program fees.

Award Eligibility Amount
Bordeaux Scholarship Rising juniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $2,500
Dillman Scholarship Rising juniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $3,000
Distinguished Alumni Senior Scholarship Rising or returning seniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $500
Friedman-Hechter Scholarship Open to all students in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors, intending to enroll in a study abroad program $1,000
Gerberding Scholarship Rising juniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $3,000
Greene Scholarship Rising or returning seniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $11,200
Hennes Scholarship Rising or returning seniors in College Honors (Interdisciplinary AND Departmental Honors) $3,500
Honors International Access Scholarship Open to all students in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $2,500
Mary Gates Achievement Scholarship Rising sophomores in Interdisciplinary Honors. Must be WA state resident. $12,000
Randolph Preston Pillow Scholarship Current Honors Program students: Rising, returning, or second-year admit in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors. Pillow for 2nd Year Admits: must have applied for 2nd Year Interdisciplinary Honors. $5,000
Roman Book Award Rising sophomores in Interdisciplinary Honors $250
Wang Scholarship Open to all students in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors $4,000

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.
    2020-21 Honors Scholarship Application

    (submit once for each scholarship you want to apply for)

All materials are due March 30, 2020 at 5pm

Award Descriptions

Bordeaux Scholarship

Bordeaux Scholarship

The Bordeaux Scholarship is awarded to rising juniors in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental 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 Honors students at the University of Washington.

  • $2500 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors
    • A rising junior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Dillman Scholarship

Dillman Scholarship

The Everett Dillman Endowed Scholarship is awarded to students 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 will benefit from such support.

  • $3,000 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors
    • A rising junior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Distinguished Alumni Senior Scholarship

Distinguished Alumni Senior Scholarship

The Distinguished Alumni Senior Scholarship is awarded to an Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors student demonstrating the values of the Honors Program and mirroring the qualities of the Program’s Distinguished Alumni Awardee. We recognize student leadership, service, international, scholarship and public engagement with this award. Award recipients demonstrate these values through public impact, community engagement (local and global citizenship), drive to make a difference and contribution to the Honors Community’s interdisciplinary thinking and practices.

This scholarship is funded with gifts from donors to the Honors Program Scholarship Fund.

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

Friedman-Hechter Scholarship

Friedman-Hechter Scholarship

The Friedman-Hechter Endowed Scholarship is awarded to a student in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors 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 Ph.D. 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 and served with dedication until her untimely death from cancer in 2014. 

Michael Hechter received his Ph.D. 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 is funded by individual donors in honor of Drs. Friedman and Hechter and their many years of service to the University of Washington.

  • $1000 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors
    • For use during academically-related international travel
    • Special consideration given to students with financial need
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Gerberding Scholarship

Gerberding Scholarship

The William Gerberding Scholarship is awarded to an Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental 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 is 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 were active as volunteers in the community, particularly with the Seattle Chamber Music Society, Seattle Symphony and Seattle Opera. Mr. Gerberding passed away in December of 2014.

  • $3,000 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors
    • A rising junior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Greene Scholarship

Greene Scholarship

Lawrence M. Greene established a bequest to the University of Washington to recognize the impact that his education 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 amount: $11,200
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors
    • A rising or returning senior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Hennes Scholarship

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 to 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 excellent candidates for this award.

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 and within the Honors Program. The Ran Hennes Honors Scholarship remembers his legacy in Honors and across the UW.

  • $3,500 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student active in both Interdisciplinary AND Departmental Honors (eligible to graduate “with College Honors“)
    • A rising or continuing senior by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Honors International Access Scholarship

Honors International Access Scholarship

The Honors Program is passionate about study abroad and the incredible impact it can have on a student’s life.  An education grounded in a global context provides life long skills and lifelong memories. We believe studying abroad deepens study at home and provides a foundation for expanded reflection and self-growth, all core tenets of the Honors Program. We want everyone to experience study abroad. The International Access Scholarship is awarded to an Interdisciplinary, Departmental or College Honors student demonstrating the values of the Honors Program. Students who have applied to one of the Honors Study Abroad Programs or Direct Exchanges are eligible to apply.  Award recipients demonstrating a clear intention to engage in global citizenship and ethical study abroad are encouraged to apply.

  • $2,500 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors
    • All years (rising sophomore, junior, and senior) are eligible
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Mary Gates Achievement Scholarship

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.

  • Award covers $12,000 of 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.

Randolph Preston Pillow Scholarship

Randolph Preston Pillow Scholarship

The Honors Program is grateful to the RANDOLPH PRESTON PILLOW TERM SCHOLARSHIP for providing scholarships to support students continuing in the Honors Program (sophomore/2nd year and above) and for students entering the program through 2nd year admission. The Randolph Preston Pillow Scholarship provides one cash scholarship to a continuing student in the amount of $5,000 distributed equally over autumn, winter, and spring. Another cash scholarship is available in the amount of $5,000 for a student accepted to the Interdisciplinary Honors Program through the 2nd year admissions process, distributed equally during autumn, winter, and spring. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year. Selection is based on academic merit as well as a demonstrated commitment to community.

Note: students currently applying for 2nd year admission to Interdisciplinary Honors do not apply for the Randolph Preston Pillow Scholarship. 2nd year applicants are automatically considered once they apply to the Honors Program. Selections will be made by the admissions committee.

Roman Book Award

Roman Book Award

UW Honors alum Roman Camarda (2013) graduated from the UW with degrees in Biochemistry and Photomedia, and credits the Honors Program — and a pile of very provocative books — with helping him realize he didn’t have to choose between being a scientist or an artist. Now a graduate student at University of California, San Francisco, Roman established this award to give other students the chance to think about interdisciplinarity, intellectual risk-taking, and the art of being curious in a new way. The student awarded the ROMAN (Readings On Meaning And iNterdisciplinarity) Book Award will receive funding for a list of interdisciplinary readings from outside their coursework – readings to simply enrich their life, intellect, and deepen their way of engaging in the world.

This award is in honor of Jim Johnston, one of Roman’s high school teachers, and Jamie Johnston, his wife, both of whom have been hugely influential in Roman’s pursuit of science, art, and their intersections.

  • $250 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary Honors
    • A rising sophomore by year, not credits
    • There are no residency or citizenship requirements for this award

Wang Scholarship

Wang 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 graduate education in this country. They valued the opportunities afforded them because of the education and opportunities they received as immigrants in the United States. 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 with preference given to students who have had a deep cultural experience with Asia, either through their life experiences or studies. Students in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental Honors are eligible.

  • $4,000 award
  • Eligibility
    • A student in Interdisciplinary and/or Departmental 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

Latest Award Recipients lists coming soon.