Financial Information

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Finding and applying for scholarships and/or financial aid can be overwhelming. We want to help you in this process.

First-Generation Freshman

Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd cohort of First Scholars at WSU-Pullman. This 4 year comprehensive support program for incoming first-generation freshmen includes a $20,000.00 scholarship.

If you know of a current high school senior whose parents have less than 2 years of education beyond high school, they may be eligible. Please visit our website for more information.

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 All Students:

  • Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships – To be considered for university, college or food science scholarships, apply before the January 31 deadline. To be eligible for WSU scholarships, you must first apply to WSU for admission, and then apply for the WSU Scholarships – It’s a two-step process and there are TWO applications – one for admissions and one for scholarships.
  • Campus-wide Student & Hourly Employment

 Graduate Students:

  • Graduate School Financial Funding Opportunities
  • Departmental State Assistantship – A research or teaching assistantship (RA/TA) is a 9-month assignment in a class or on a specific research project, requires 10-20 hours of work per week, includes a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend and a health benefit. When applying for a RA/TA, we must receive your graduate school application and all required materials by January 10 for Fall semester and July 1 for Spring semester. If applying for an assistantship, mark the appropriate box on the Graduate School on-line application and indicate your area of interest and/or faculty member you are interested in working with. The RA/TA’s are usually only offered for the academic year beginning with fall semester, however, we occasionally offer awards for spring semester. International studentsAs a policy, we usually do not award these assistantships to students for whom English is a second language during their first year of study in the United States.
  • Departmental Grant Assistantship – The same deadlines apply as listed above. Grant assistantships, if available, are under the discretion of each faculty member and you work 10-20 hours a week on research with your faculty advisor. The assistantship is for 9 months and includes a tuition waiver, a monthly stipend, and a health benefit. To apply, mark the appropriate box on the Graduate School on-line application. Once you receive notification that your file has met the admission criteria, you can contact appropriate faculty to inquire about open grant positions they might be offering.
  • Navy Health Service Collegiate Program – This scholarship opportunity is for Entomology Masters students graduating between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2020. The Navy provides all active duty pay and allowances while the student is attending WSU, a guaranteed job after graduation, and commissioning as a Medical Service Corps in the Navy. While attending WSU the student will receive: monthly pay of $2,435, monthly food allowance of $368, monthly housing allowance of $1,185 if single or $1,581 if married, full medical and dental coverage, 30 days paid vacation per year, and a 401k. While receiving HSCP and attending WSU there are no military obligations, the student’s only obligation is to maintain good standing with their program. They will not wear uniforms, attend any type of training, have any type of grooming standards and can focus on their studies at WSU. Time spent in the Navy as an Entomologist is 3 years. Typical duty stations are Cairo, Egypt; Bethesda, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; San Diego, California; Lima, Peru and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For more information on the program see the HSCP website. If interested contact HMC (FMF) Shawn M. McDonough via email or call his main office in Montana at (406)-755-4738.


The Department Entomology at Washington State University is of a select few that receive annually funding and support from the ACRS Seattle Chapter. PhD student candidates seeking this prestigious fellowship are encouraged to apply early and communicate their interest to the department graduate coordinator and faculty.

Entomology Department Scholarships

The Department of Entomology at Washington State University are proud of the number and variety of excellence, memorial, and scholarship funds established to aid students, faculty, and staff in the pursuit of entomological excellence.

  • Research Scholarship

    Our research awards include “Student of the Year”, “Research Award”, and “Paper of the Year”. These three awards are tied to separate endowments.  The “Student of the Year” award is tied to the Harwood endowment. The “Research Award” is supported by Entomology Support Fund to support expansion of a student’s research project. Funding from the Hallgarth endowment will be given for the “Paper of the Year”, in recognition an exceptional manuscript with an undergraduate or graduate student as lead author. For consideration of this award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the application deadline.

  • Travel Scholarship

    There are four travel awards, each tied to one of our endowments where the donor asked that their money be used to support student travel. The student that wins each award receives the entire yield of that endowment, which typically ranges from $200-600 depending on market conditions and the size of the original donation. The goal is to highlight the generous gifts made by each donor by tying each award to a specific endowment.
    Two endowments, Hastings and Telford, fund travel for “Early Career” students. This would include exceptional undergraduates, MS students, or students on a “straight to PhD” track that are early in their training. Two endowments, Getzin and Tamaki, fund travel for “Later Career” students. The faculty review committee will judge whether students qualify as early or later career, based on each year’s applicant pool. So, students don’t have to specify which type of award they are applying for.

Endowments and Scholarships

The Entomology Department has the honor each year of making awards to outstanding students and recognized scholars.

  • Roger D. Akre & Carl A. Johansen Scholarship Fund -The fund honors long time Washington State Entomologists Roger Akre and Carl Johansen. Funds are provided to an entomology student for travel, research, or other projects which enhance the student’s understanding of entomology.
  • Art Antonelli Endowed Fund in Entomology– Created to honor Art Antonelli and in memory of his many achievements in urban entomology. Supports students who are involved in one or more aspects of urban entomology, especially as they relate to cooperation with the James Entomological Collections.
  • E.P. Catts Memorial Lectureship– This fund sponsors an annual entomologist lecture honoring Paul Catts, a long time Washington State parasitologist and teacher of medical entomology.
  • Norman Ehmann Endowed Chair in Urban Pest Management– Created to honor Norm Ehmann who worked more than 50 years in the pesticide industry. Funds support research, outreach, and curriculum development in Urban Pest Management.
  • Entomology Excellence Fund – Funds used to advance the interests of the Entomology Department in the areas of education, research, extension, and international programs, including expenditures for equipment, foreign and domestic travel, special guest speakers, student awards, scholarships, public relations, and other activities.
  • Entomology Graduate Student Support Fund– Supports student scholarship for research and travel.
  • Louis W. Getzin Memorial Scholarship – Created to honor long time WSU-Puyallup Entomologist, Louis Getzin. The scholarship funds graduate student travel to regional and national scientific meetings.
  • Howard and Hermina Hallgarth Scholarship – A scholarship fund which is awarded in alternate years to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Entomology. Funds are awarded as a graduate fellowship to a deserving student in any graduate degree program.
  • Robert F. and Mary Lou Harwood Graduate Fellowship – This fund may be used to provide fellowship stipends to be used by the recipient for such things as tuition and fees, subsistence, research expenses and other educationally related costs.
  • Donald F. Hastings Scholarship Fund – This fund honors longtime Yakima Valley’s Chevron Chemical Corporation fieldman, Donald Hastings. It consists of an annual scholarship awarded to Entomology undergraduates or graduate students bases on academic record and financial need.
  • Honey Bee Diagnostic Lab Fund– Supports research on honey bee colony health.
  • Maurice T. and Helen James Entomology Museum Fund – Created by Maurice and Helen James, the fund is used to support and promote the M. T. James Entomological Collection. Funds are used to maintain and promulgate the Collection, support visiting scholars, and enhance the museum reference library.
  • George Tamaki Memorial Scholarship Fund – Established to honor Yakima Lab., USDA Entomologist, George Tamaki. The fund is used to award an annual scholarship to a regularly enrolled graduate student in the Department of Entomology.
  • H. S. Telford Entomology Scholarship – This scholarship fund was established in 1975 in honor of Dr. Horace S. Telford, Professor Emeritus, former faculty member and Chairman of the Department o Entomology (1952-68) at Washington State University. One of  more scholarships are awarded annually, primarily to undergraduate entomology majors, based upon outstanding academic achievements and financial needs. Occasional awards in the form of travel grants to scientific meetings or for research travel may also be made to deserving entomology graduate students.
  • Dr. Horace S. and Vilma G. Telford and Family Distinguished Professorship – This fund was established in honor of Horace and Vilma Telford and will be used as a faculty Distinguished Professorship.
  • Pomeroy F. “Roy” Thurber Distinguished Professor of Pollinator Ecology– This fund was established in honor of Thurber’s devotion to beekeeping and his seemingly unending energy to it’s promotion in the state of Washington.

Please take the opportunity to make a contribution to any of the above funds. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated and put to good use. Click on any of the scholarship headings above and the links will take you to the specific gifting page for each option. These fund our departmental graduate awards.