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Boundless dreams

The UW is committed to expanding access to higher education for Washington students. From admission policies that look at the whole student to programs like the Husky Promise which guarantees that cost won’t be a barrier to getting an education, the UW carries out this commitment every day.

Read about the transformative moments that make up the Husky Experience from two star Eastern Washington students whose dreams were bolstered by scholarships.

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Kenia Diaz

Pasco, WA
BA English (pre-med)

With the support of the Global Opportunities Fund, Kenia traveled to India for a study abroad experience examining health in the context of culture.

Kenia: “Even with two jobs, my parents have to work very hard just for simple things… Study abroad isn’t something that’s really in our plans and we don’t have money for it… [Thanks to the scholarship] I got to have amazing hands-on experiences in India. But not only that, it helped me develop cultural competence, which is really important for healthcare providers. Sure, you could read about cultural differences in healthcare, but it was amazing to see it in person.” Read more


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Tyler Valentine

Greenacres, WA
BS Applied Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, Astronomy

Tyler’s dreams were supported by a Washington NASA Space Grant Scholarship and a College of the Environment Scholarship.

Tyler: “I read ‘Cosmos’ by Carl Sagan, and that got me super into planetary science and piqued my interest in space exploration… I took a physics class, and that got me going on the hard physical sciences. I started to teach myself about astronomy and astrophysics, got super interested in planetary science and space exploration, and now I’m obsessed… I transferred to the UW my freshman year with the help of scholarship support, which alleviates so much stress. I was working part-time while going to school full-time and participating in research, which meant I couldn’t fully devote my energy to my studies or my research. Now I can focus on what I really love to do.” Read more