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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

Graduate Scholarships

Application Process & Information

Being prepared will help you put together a strong scholarship application. Review the information below, collect your information and documents, and consider drafting your short essay responses in advance.

Plan Ahead

It is best to complete the CAS scholarship application in one session on a laptop or desktop computer. If you have cookies enabled on your device and you exit the form early, your progress will be saved and you can resume your partially completed application IF YOU ARE USING THE SAME DEVICE. Using a mobile device is discouraged.

Essay Questions

There are several short essay questions for all applicants; six of the questions are the same as the WSU general scholarship application and you may use the same response for both applications. There may be additional questions based on your area of study.

Double-check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

> Preview the short-answer essay questions for the 2020-2021 graduate application.

Copy and Paste Tip

You may type your responses directly in the scholarship application form or you may copy-and-paste text you have already written. We do not recommend copying and pasting directly from MS Word as it may insert extra characters when the text is loaded into our database, which can make your answers difficult to read.

Best practice: Type or paste your essay response(s) into a text editor program (i.e. NotePad, TextEdit, etc.), and then copy and paste that text into the scholarship application. Remember to proofread your responses, too!


All students will need to upload a recent academic transcript. Both unofficial and official transcripts are acceptable.

Current WSU students can download a transcript from the MyWSU portal. (View step-by-step instructions.)

Incoming students should acquire a transcript from their current institution(s) prior to starting the CAS application.

Additional Materials

Some academic programs require additional materials. Review the list here [ADD LINK] to see whether your program is included.

All WSU Students

You are encouraged to also complete the WSU general scholarship application and the FAFSA/WAFSA to be considered for additional merit and need-based scholarships through the WSU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Applications must be submitted by January 31 for the following academic year.



Important Deadlines

Nov. 30 – FAFSA/WASFA Priority Deadline for Current Students

Jan. 31 – WSU General Scholarship Application due

Jan. 31 – FAFSA/WASFA WSU Deadline for New Students

Additional Opportunities

WSU Graduate School
Information on jobs and additional funding opportunities

WSU Outside Scholarships
For all WSU Students

PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program
For doctoral students interested in clean energy, smart manufacturing, sustainability, and national security innovation

NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program
For graduate students interested in interdisciplinary biotechnology research

Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS)
For U.S. students from under-represented and under-served communities


Steven Ward
CAS Scholarship Specialist