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Scholarships & Financial Support

Washington State University, the College of Agricultural, Human and Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) and the Department of Human Development all award scholarships. To apply for awards through WSU and CAHNRS, complete the WSU General Scholarship Application.

Departmental Scholarships and Awards

Each year the Human Development Department awards 15-20 scholarships, for a total of about $20,000, to human development majors ($25,000 was awarded in 2022). These scholarships are merit based (minimum overall GPA, 3.0) and are not dependent on students’ financial circumstances. They are typically awarded for the full academic year (split between fall and spring semesters), but in special requested circumstances may be awarded for a single semester. Each scholarship is provided through donations from individuals who have set up an endowment with the university to provide scholarships for students majoring in human development.

To apply for a departmental scholarship please complete the HD Scholarship Application online. Applicants will submit the application, a professional goals statement, a letter of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts including Fall 2023 grades. Please request your letter of recommendation from an HD or WSU professor in advance as you will need to submit it with your completed application. You can review required materials outlined on this attachment to prepare for completing the application online. The 2024 scholarship application deadline is January 31, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PST. We look forward to receiving and reviewing your application!

Scholarship Workshops: A recorded message is linked here with hints for preparing a strong scholarship application: Undergraduate Scholarships in Human Development.


The Department of Human Development wants to recognize its students. We don’t always know all the amazing things you are doing. A separate application for student awards will be posted by January. We will ask for information very similar to the scholarship application. Award nominations will be in alignment with CAHNRS Student Award categories.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarship Requirements Award
Loretta (Salvadalena) & Doug Allred Endowed Scholarship in HD
  • Admitted HD major
  • 3.0 & above cumulative GPA
  • Freshman-Senior class standing
  • Financial need considered
$500-$1,000 (1-2 awards)
Signe Bustad Scholarship
  • Admitted FCS major
  • 3.0 & above cumulative GPA
  • 110 credits completed at time of application
$1,000-$1,500 (1-3 awards)
William E. & Dorna I. Kreitz Scholarship
  • Admitted HD major
  • High academic achievement
  • Junior or Senior class standing
  • Emphasis in early childhood
  • Leadership & strong character
  • Desire & ability to be of service to needy people
$500-$1,000 (1-2 awards)
Catharine Melissa Loomis Scholarship
  • Admitted HD major
  • Preference to students studying early childhood
$500-$1,500 (4-9 awards)
Margaret Nelson & Grace Kembel Leadership Scholarship
  • Admitted HD major
  • High cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher
  • Shows high evidence of leadership
  • Student demonstrates abiltiy & desire to help those in need
$500-$1,500 (4-8 awards)
Sherrill Richarz Scholarship
  • Admitted HD major
  • 3.0 & above cumulative GPA
  • Junior or Senior class standing
  • Emphasis in early childhood
  • Preferably male
  • Preferably student of color
$500-$1,000 (2-4 awards)
Stanley P. Swenson Scholarship
  • Admitted HD major
  • High academic GPA
  • Junior or Senior class standing
  • emphasis in early childhood or child development
  • Student demonstrates ability & deisre to help those in need
$500-$1,000 (1-2 awards)
Joye Dillman HD Online Degree Scholarship
  • Completing B.A. through online degree program
  • Admitted HD major
  • Junior or Senior class standing
  • Demonstrates leadership in volunteer or work activities in home community
$500 (1 award)
Typical Total Amount to Disperse $18,000