Students attending Walla Walla Community College receive financial assistance for their education in the form of loans, scholarships, employment, and work-study programs on campus.
A variety of scholarships are available to Walla Walla Community College students. Sources range from private corporations, the WWCC Foundation, special endowments, individual donors, and other foundations. Awards are based on academic performance, potential to benefit, and in some cases, financial need. Many scholarships are designed for students in specific fields of study.
This scholarship page describes the scholarship application process. If you want to apply for any of the following scholarships, you must first have applied for admission to Walla Walla Community College.
WWCC Foundation Scholarships
The following scholarships are based primarily on academic excellence and have a variety of fund sources. You must apply for admission to Walla Walla Community College, have all transcripts on file in the Admissions Office and complete the Scholarship Application Form before being considered for these scholarships. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is recommended before applying for many of the scholarships. Some scholarships require a 2.5 GPA. The application due date for all scholarships, except the WWCC Merit-Based Scholarship and the Jon Lynch Scholarship, is April 15.
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The Altrusa’s Charlotte Hart Scholarship for Women
Awards $500 to a woman who has graduated from high school or has completed a GED and is 20 years of age or older. The candidate must show financial need. The candidate’s history of community service will be evaluated. While past academic performance is important, equally important is the candidate’s future goals and career expectations.
The Carolyn Desjardins Memorial Scholarship
Awarded by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges, this is a one-year $1,500 scholarship open to any female who supports and encourages the advancement of women in education through active campus and community participation. The recipient must be a full-time student and must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA and have accumulated 30 college credits. Contact the Foundation Office to request an additional informational handout, (509) 527-4275.
The Alex and Beth Swantz Displaced Homemaker Scholarship
The purpose of this scholarship is to pay tuition and purchase books for a student who needs to take one class in preparation to enter the work force. All applicants must show potential for success in obtaining employment after completing their program. Funds may also be used for a safety net course, to begin school while making application for financial aid.
Columbia County Scholarship
Established by Dayton, WA native, Conrad Hoskins, the Columbia County Scholarship is given to a student or students who reside in Columbia County or have graduated from Dayton High School. High moral character and evidence of academic diligence are criteria used in awarding. Scholarship grants vary dependent on student situations.
Mary Garner Esary Memorial Scholarship
Established by the family of Mary Garner Esary, a long-time Walla Walla resident, this scholarship is earmarked for students who demonstrate financial need and are in good academic standing. Special consideration will be given to students who graduate from a high school in the Walla Walla service area.
Dr. Ralph and Bernice Stevens Scholarship
This scholarship is intended for students who are returning to school to earn their general equivalency diploma (GED). The student must demonstrate a sincere commitment to complete not only their GED but to earn a degree. Special consideration will be given to students who volunteer in the community.
Rasty E. and Nona F. Ketcherside Scholarship
Long-time farmers who made their home in the Waitsburg area, the Ketchersides established a scholarship to help students who wish to pursue ag-related, nursing, business, or theology fields of study. The scholarship will be given to students who reside in Waitsburg, Dayton, Prescott, Starbuck, Touchet, or surrounding areas. Awards are in the $400-$600 range.
Provides a $100 scholarship to a student of color who exhibits achievement in a vocational or academic transfer program. An additional $100 scholarship is awarded for demonstrating improvement in an individual program.
Walla Walla Community College Honors Scholarship
Provides scholarships for students enrolled in the Honors Program. Applicants must have a desire to broaden and deepen their knowledge in a variety of academic areas. A 3.5 GPA is required, plus membership in the Honors Club. Incoming freshmen applying for the merit-based scholarship program will automatically be considered for the Honors Program. Scholarships will be in the amount of $200.
Walla Walla Community College Honors Scholarship—Clarkston Center
The Clarkston Center Honors Club offers three $100 scholarships intended to attract, promote, and challenge students to explore a variety of academic disciplines and activities while enrolled in the Honors Program at the Clarkston campus. Three students are eligible for one scholarship per year. To qualify students must join and participate in the Honors Club, and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Incoming freshmen applying for the merit-based scholarship program will automatically be considered for the Honors Program.
WWCC Merit-Based Scholarship
Available to graduating seniors. The scholarship is available to academic transfer and vocational students on a competitive basis. This award is $2,100 per year, for two years. Application due no later than February 28. A minimum 3.0 GPA required.
Jonathan M. Wainwright Am-Vets Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes students who have served in the armed forces or reserves and have been honorably discharged. Funds will be applied to the student’s tuition. Priority will be given to students from the Walla Walla Valley.
The American Association of Women in Community Colleges Scholarship for Returning Students
This award provides a scholarship of $500 per year (distributed quarterly) for two returning Walla Walla Community College students. Any full-time student, male or female, who has accumulated a minimum of 30 college credits may apply. Contact the Foundation Office to request an additional informational handout, (509) 527-4275.
Harold and Helen Shepherd Scholarship
This scholarship honors the memory of long-time Garfield County farmers Harold and Helen Shepherd. The scholarship is available to students residing in Garfield, Asotin, Columbia or Walla Walla counties with preference given to students from Garfield County who wish to pursue an ag-related education. Awards vary dependent on student situation.
Kenneth B. Wells Memorial Multicultural Scholarship
Established in honor of Kenneth B. Wells, this multicultural scholarship recognizes outstanding achievement in the classroom, good citizenship, community involvement, and participation in college activities. Candidates must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA for two quarters and must have attended WWCC for at least one of those quarters. This scholarship is available to Native American, African American, or Hispanic American students, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The scholarship may be divided between more than one student and may be renewed for one quarter.
Avista Minds in Motion Scholarship– Clarkston Center
Funded by the Avista Corporation, two scholarships in the amount of $500 are awarded to students enrolled at the Clarkston Center. One scholarship will recognize a student enrolled in business management or accounting and one scholarship will be awarded to a student of color who exhibits achievement in a vocational or academic transfer program.
Barbara and Dennis Blasey Scholarship– Clarkston Center
This scholarship is intended for students who are enrolled in their second year of study at the Clarkston Center. To be eligible, candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and be planning to transfer to a baccalaureate-conferring institution immediately after graduation from Walla Walla Community College. Special consideration will be given to students who plan to pursue a major in mathematics, engineering, and are not otherwise eligible to receive financial aid. The award is in the amount of $250.
GESA Credit Union Scholarship in Business and Accounting
Provides a $500 annual scholarship for a student pursuing a business or accounting degree. To qualify for the competitive scholarship, the student must have graduated from a high school in Walla Walla County, and maintain a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Ag Business/Ag Science Scholarship
This scholarship will be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a career in agriculture. The award will range from $250-$300 depending on available funds. Contact the Ag Science Department to request a scholarship application, (509) 527-4225.
The Alf and Mildred Transeth Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship fund will provide two awards annually to students attending the John Deere Ag Technology Program at WWCC, and one annual award to a child of an employee of TUMAC Machinery (formerly Frontier Machinery) in Walla Walla. These scholarships will pay resident tuition for one year, depending on available funds, but not less than $1,500. The scholarship committee is seeking applicants who exemplify the standards of character and hard work of Alf and Millie Transeth. They supported education and training, were involved in the community, and were sensitive to the needs of people less fortunate. The purpose of this fund is to help students help themselves prepare for their chosen profession. These scholarships require a separate application. Please contact the Foundation Office to request additional information, (509) 527-4275.
Frank Brotherton Memorial Scholarship in Automotive Technology
Students interested in a career related to automotive technology are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to Walla Walla area students. The award is for $500.
Lee Eavenson Memorial Scholarship in Automotive Technology
This scholarship provides awards to students whose permanent residence is in Oregon and are enrolled in the automotive technology program. Second-year students will have selection priority.
Dayl and Doris Graves Automotive Technology Scholarship
Funds are provided by the Blue Mountain Area Foundation for a student from the Walla Walla area interested in automotive technology. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. The $1,000 award may be shared with more than one applicant.
The Walla Walla Hot Wheels Club Scholarship for Tool Purchases
To assist students enrolled in the automotive mechanics or auto body repair programs, this scholarship provides funding to purchase the tools necessary for work. The scholarship will be awarded yearly to a student or students who demonstrate financial need, are in good academic standing, and plan to pursue a career in automotive mechanics or auto body repair after graduation from Walla Walla Community College.
Provides a scholarship for three or more students entering the second year of the Carpentry Program. Awards will vary, depending on the number of second-year students. Contact the Carpentry instructor for details.
The Konen Family Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship
Established by Bob and Dave Konen, the scholarship is in the amount of $2,000 per year and may be divided among more than one student. The recipient must demonstrate interest in a career in civil engineering and proper motivation to succeed in college.
Irrigation Technology Scholarship
This scholarship is funded by Nelson Irrigation, Inc. and awarded to students who intend to make a career working in the many areas of irrigation technology. The $1,000 award may be shared with one or more applicants.
Amalia Greenwald Baker/Peggy Baker Henry Scholarship in Nursing
Funds are provided by the Blue Mountain Area Foundation to a nursing student who has completed one year of parallel courses or is entering the first or second year of the WWCC Nursing Program. The award if for $500.
American Legion Forty and Eight Scholarship in Nursing
This scholarship is awarded to a second-year nursing student in his/ her final quarter of nursing. The scholarship is in the amount of $400. Financial need and good academic progress are considered. James Borgman Memorial Scholarship in Nursing Provides a $250 scholarship to a second-year nursing student with a 3.0 GPA.
Mary E. Hare Endowment Scholarship
The Mary E. Hare Endowment Scholarship honors the memory of a long-time nursing instructor at WWCC. Preference will be given to a second-year nursing student from the Walla Walla Valley.
The Morris and Adelle Ganguet Scholarship in Nursing
Established by Morris and Adelle Ganguet, this scholarship will provide tuition assistance to qualified first- or second-year nursing students who have demonstrated professional potential, leadership skills and exceptional achievement in practicum. The scholarship may be used for tuition or college-related expenses associated with attending the nursing program. The amount of the award will vary depending on the availability of funds, but will be a minimum of $500 per quarter. The award may be divided between two or more students.
Mildred A. Marshall Light Memorial Scholarship in Nursing
Established in honor of Mildred A. Marshall Light, who for many years worked as a nurse in the Walla Walla Valley, this scholarship is awarded to a first- or second-year nursing student or a student enrolled in parallel courses. To qualify, the candidate must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, demonstrate financial need, and show a high probability for success in the nursing profession. This scholarship is renewable, but an application must be resubmitted.
The Moore Family Scholarship in Nursing
Provides a $600 scholarship for second-year nursing students with exceptional academic ability, outstanding leadership skills, high professional potential, and a need for financial assistance. PEO Scholarship in Nursing This scholarship will be awarded to a female student or students enrolled in their first or second year of the nursing program at the Walla Walla campus. The selected recipient should demonstrate excellent academic skills, compassion, diligence, and a demonstrated financial need. LaRue Rice Memorial Scholarship and Special Need Assistance in Nursing This scholarship is awarded to a second-year nursing student with exceptional achievement in nursing, outstanding leadership skills, professional potential, positive attitude, and demonstrated need for financial assistance. A 3.0 GPA is required. The $1,000 award is based on available funds and may be split between more than one applicant.
Dorothy Steen Burleson and Abbie Elaine Richerzhagen Scholarship in Nursing
This scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, recognizes a graduating nursing student who will be enrolling in a baccalaureate degree program in nursing immediately after graduation from Walla Walla Community College. The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate a commitment to the nursing profession and his or her community.
Ruby Blum Memorial Scholarship for Science Majors
This $500 tuition award is given to a qualified student enrolled in the second year of an approved science program. This scholarship is awarded for proven leadership abilities and academic potential in the field of science. Financial need is not a requirement. The recipient must have graduated from a high school in the Walla Walla Community College service area.
The Jon M. Lynch Memorial Scholarship
Provides a minimum of $500 per year. Preference is given to applicants participating in the WWCC Rodeo Program and majoring in agriculturally- related fields of study. While past academic performance will be considered, of equal importance is the applicant’s clearly demonstrated involvement in setting a good example, commitment to family, and establishing education goals that will lead to lifelong success. This scholarship requires a separate application. Please contact the Foundation Office for additional information, (509) 527-4275. The application is due no later than August. 1.
The Curtis Tarwater Memorial Rodeo Scholarship Fund
This scholarship recognizes students who are in good academic standing and who participate in the Rodeo Program at Walla Walla Community College. Recipients must exemplify a high standard of dedication, hard work, and responsible lifestyle along with a passion for rodeo and good horsemanship.
Blue Mountain Back Country Farrier Scholarship
This scholarship will assist a student or students enrolled and making good progress in the Farrier Program. Demonstrated interest in horses and their well-being will be considered as well as demonstrated need.
Chalone Wine Foundation Merit Scholarship
The Chalone Wine Group, Inc. offers up to $3,500 each year to students who are pursuing a major in either Enology and/or Viticulture at Walla Walla Community College. The scholarship may be shared by more than one person and may be used for tuition or school-related expenses. Candidates must reside in the WWCC four-county district, have earned a high school diploma, have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA, demonstrate a commitment to being employed in the wine industry upon completion of the program, and demonstrate financial need.
Dr. James E. McClellan- Seven Hills Winery Scholarship
Established in 2002, this scholarship provides tuition assistance for students enrolled in the Enology and/or Viticulture program. Students in their second year of the program are given priority consideration. To qualify, the candidate must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and show a high probability for success in the wine industry.
Precision Machining Technology
This scholarship was established by Nelson Irrigation, Inc. to attract capable students to the Precision Machining Technology Program. Applicants must show interest and aptitude in manufacturing or mechanical engineering. The awards will fund two students annually in the amount of $1,350 each.
The Key Technology Scholarship in Welding
Key Technology, Inc. established the Welding Technology scholarship to reward overall performance in the classroom, to assist students who have demonstrated a high probability of success in welding technology, and to attract high caliber students to the welding profession. Full-time students enrolled in the WWCC Welding Technology program who have maintained a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Two students will be selected each fall to receive the $500 scholarship. Recipients who maintain a 3.0 GPA may receive additional funding for subsequent quarters.
John Deere Scholarship
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Cosmetology Scholarship for New Students
This scholarship provides for one or more students interested in pursuing a career in the Cosmetology Profession. Awards will vary depending on available funds. Scholarships open to any cosmetology first quarter student, male or female. Must be a graduate from high school or junior status with a minimum of 2.5 GPA. It is not necessary to be a resident of the State of Washington. Must be a full-time cosmetology degree track student (22 credits +). Scholarship must be used at Walla Walla Community College. Click here for Application Form
Cosmotology Scholarship for Returning Students
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These documents provide scholarship resources and information for Washington four-year college and universities, private and local scholarships, and information on how to complete scholarship applications and personal statements. This information is current as of January 2005 and is provided by the WWCC SSS/TRIO program.