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Meagan Elizabeth Smith Memorial Scholarship

A black and white photo of Meagan

In July 2015, the department suffered a heartbreaking tragedy, with the loss of our major and member of the 2014-15 Liberal  Studies Leadership Team, Meagan Smith.

We’re honoring her memory with a scholarship.

Meagan Elizabeth Smith Memorial Scholarship for  Excellence in the Humanities

This scholarship honors the legacy of Meagan Elizabeth Smith (1993 - 2015).  An outstanding student, Meagan was scheduled to graduate with departmental honors in December 2015, with a Humanities major, a concentration in Religion and Culture, and a German minor.  She had developed a particular interest in non-Western societies, and especially in Nepal, which inspired the senior thesis she was researching on “Making Sense of Fierce Deities in  Indian Religions.”  Meagan was a member of the first Liberal Studies Leadership Team, a musician, and an athlete, dedicated to serving the many communities of which she was a cherished part.  This is the first named scholarship in the more than forty-year history of the Global Humanities and Religions Department, designed to recognize academic excellence in the humanities. A scholarship in the amount of $1200 will be awarded the 2020-21 academic year.

Specific criteria for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Student must be a Humanities major - History of Culture (Thesis & Non-Thesis) or Religion and Culture (Thesis & Non-Thesis)
  • Expected graduation date must be in Fall 2020 or later
  • Academic Merit
  • Application deadline: April 17, 2020


Ready to apply? Application Form

Ways to Give:

  • Online
  • With a check made payable to the WWU Foundation and mailed to:
    WWU Foundation
    516 High Street, MS 9034
    Bellingham, WA 98225-9034
    Please write Meagan E. Smith Scholarship on the memo line of your check.
  • By phone at: 360-650-3027

For more information on ways to give, including instructions for WWU employee payroll deduction or gifts of securities, visit the University Foundation.