International Student Support
Help Support the WWU International Student Support Fund


Western hosts 100-200 international and exchange students each year, on F-1 and J-1 visas. These students come from over 35 countries, contributing valuable and diverse perspectives to our campus and community.  They also help financially support WWU as well as the local community. 

International students at WWU pay non-resident tuition, and do not qualify for U.S. federal financial aid. They have very limited access to scholarships and are not generally authorized to work off campus. They do not have the safety network that domestic students have. Many families make huge sacrifices to fund their children’s education in the U.S. because they believe in our educational system. 

Some of the issues that cause financial challenges include:

  • currency devaluation in many countries, relative to the U.S. dollar
  • parents losing employment and going through financial hardship
  • natural catastrophe or economic crises back home
  • loss of home-country government scholarship
  • visas restrict international students from working off campus

COVID-19 pandemic expenses

  • increased technology needs and costs to access virtual learning
  • immigration uncertainties requiring unplanned travel arrangements
  • increased cost of airfare, delays, cancellations, and testing/quarantine

Read how donations to the International Student Support Fund have already helped one student overcome challenges and complete her degree

Thank you for supporting the educational and financial needs of WWU international students!

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Top Five Fundraisers!
The WWU Alumni Association will reward the top five areas that secure the most donors with a bonus of $1,000 each. Congratulations to our winners!
Rank Prize Area of Support Donors
1 $1,000 Men's Rowing 118
2 $1,000 Ice Hockey 116
3 $1,000 Chess Club 115
4 $1,000 Student Emergency Fund 105
5 $1,000 WWU Volleyball 103
6 Marketing Program 76
7 Accounting Department 73
8 Geology 73
9 Scholarships & Student Success Funds 71
10 Cross Country & Track and Field 70
11 WWU Racing 57
12 MSCM & Operations 55
13 Music Department 44
14 Behavioral Neuroscience 42
15 Education Abroad 42
16 Computer Science 41
17 Donate to Fairhaven Here! 40
18 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives 38
19 Chemistry Department 36
20 Sailing Team 36
21 Linguistics 30
22 Psychology 27
23 University Honors Program 27
24 Ray Wolpow Institute 25
25 MBA Program 25
26 Men's Soccer 25
27 Physics and Astronomy 23
28 History Department 22
29 Sociology 21
30 Health and Human Development 21
31 Economics 21
32 Woodring College of Education 21
33 Anthropology 20
34 Men's Basketball 19
35 Communication Sciences and Disorders 19
36 Art and Art History Department 19
37 Western Libraries 18
38 College of Business and Economics 17
39 Young Democrats of WWU 17
40 English Department 16
41 Theatre Arts 15
42 Management Information Systems 15
43 Women's Basketball 14
44 CBE Students of Color Opportunity Scholarship 14
45 Fine and Performing Arts Music Scholarships 14
46 Fairhaven College Opportunity Scholarship 14
47 Elementary Education Department 14
48 WWU Swim Team 14
49 Undocumented Student Support / The Blue Group 14
50 Women's Ultimate 14
51 International Business Program 13
52 Woodring College of Education 13
53 Finance Program 13
54 Softball 13
55 Biology 13
56 International Student Support 13
57 Modern and Classical Languages 13
58 Global Humanities and Religions 11
59 Advanced Technology Engineering Facility 11
60 Women's Soccer 11
61 Student Emergency Fund 11
62 Men's Lacrosse 11
63 Career Services Center 11
64 Opera Club 11
65 NeRDS 11
66 WWU's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programs 10
67 Huxley BIPOC Environmental Justice Scholarship 10
68 Compass2Campus 10
69 College of Science and Engineering 9
70 Institute for Energy Studies 9
71 Political Science 9
72 LGBTQ+ Western 9
73 Graduate School 9
74 Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education 9
75 Mathematics 9
76 Speakers in Schools - Give Day Challenge! 9
77 Trula Nicholas Memorial Scholarship 8
78 Bellingham Rotaract Club 8
79 Disability Studies Steering Committee (DSSC) 8
80 Support Black Students In STEM 8
81 Journalism 8
82 Huxley Access Scholarships 8
83 Ethnic Student Center 8
84 Millie Johnson Puzzle Hunt Fund 7
85 Stephanie Bowers Endowed Scholarship 7
86 Business and Sustainability Program 7
87 WWU Alumni Association Scholarship 7
88 Water Skiing 7
89 Science, Math and Technology Education 7
90 Engineering and Design 7
91 Nancy Bluestein-Johnson Peninsulas Scholarship 7
92 Western GAP Scholarship 7
93 Women's Rugby 7
94 Happy Club 7
95 Caregivers and Parents 7
96 WHOLE - AS Food Pantry 7
97 College of Humanities and Social Sciences 6
98 Huxley College 6
99 Huxley College Available Funds 6
100 Center for Canadian-American Studies 6
101 College of Fine and Performing Arts 6
102 Environmental Sciences Department 6
103 Marion Van Nostrand Scholarship 5
104 Salish Sea Institute 5
105 WWU SACNAS 5
106 Children's Literature Conference 5
107 Dance 5
108 Men's Ultimate Teams 4
109 Design Department 4
110 Brent Golden Memorial Scholarship 4
111 Equity & Diversity Programs 4
112 Special Education & Education Leadership 4
113 KUGS Scholarship 4
114 Native American Student Union 4
115 Child Development Center 4
116 Marine and Coastal Science 4
117 Advanced Technology Engineering Facility 3
118 Parents and Families 3
119 Shaw Gynan Memorial Scholarship 3
120 Men's Water Polo 3
121 Women's Lacrosse 3
122 Vernon Damani "Dr. J" Johnson Scholarship 3
123 Exercise Science Lab 3
124 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Program 3
125 Equestrian Team 3
126 Women's Golf 3
127 Stephen Senge Fund for Teaching Innovation 3
128 Elliot Scott Memorial Scholarship 3
129 Hillel of WWU 3
130 Communication Studies 3
131 Womxn of Color Empowerment Scholarship Fund 3
132 Western on the Peninsulas Scholarship 3
133 Women's Volleyball Sport Club 3
134 WWU Hip Hop Dance Team 3
135 Viking Athletics 2
136 Kradjan Family Admissions Scholarship 2
137 Uche Ugwoaba Men's Soccer Scholarship 2
138 Thaddeus & Lois Price Spratlen Fund for Diversity 2
139 Western Washington University 2
140 Environmental Studies Department 2
141 Rowing 2
142 The SEA Discovery Center 2
143 Tabetha Fox Clark Scholarship 2
144 Emily Lang Memorial Scholarship Fund 2
145 Environmental Education 2
146 Judo Club 2
147 Men's Rugby 2
148 WWU Retirement Association 2
149 Men's Volleyball 2
150 Palliative Care Institute 2
151 Department of Management 2
152 KM Fund for Holocaust and Genocide Studies 2
153 Secondary Education & MIT 2
154 AMSEC - Materials Science 2
155 Fairhaven Outback Farm 2
156 Huxley Graduate Programs 2
157 Bennerstrom Prize 2
158 Figure Skating 2
159 NAMI on Campus WWU 2
160 WWU Life Drawing Club 2
161 Named Scholarships 1
162 Willis Ball Memorial Scholarship 1
163 Lillie Mae Witherspoon Minority Scholarship 1
164 Jolene Sanchez Memorial Scholarship 1
165 Uche Ugwoaba Computer Science Scholarship 1
166 WISE Scholarship 1
167 Gregory and Elizabeth Grant Scholarship Endowment 1
168 Christman Challenge 1
169 Dina Benedetti Scholarship Endowment 1
170 Matthew Gaphni Memorial Scholarship 1
171 Shannon Point Marine Center 1
172 Friends of Lakewood 1
173 Institute for Environmental Toxicology 1
174 Men's Golf 1
175 Philosophy 1
176 Huxley Annual Scholarships 1
177 The Leslie Lingley Memorial Student Fund 1
178 East Asian Studies 1
179 Endowed Professorship in Jewish History 1
180 Nursing 1
181 AS Professional Women's Association 1
182 Student Employee Recognition Program 1
183 AS Clubs 1
184 Dr. Lina Zeine Scholarship 1
185 Student Technology Center's Booster Fund 1
186 Ted Pratt Scholarship 1
187 The Planet - An Award Winning Student Publication 1
188 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 1
189 Harry Potter Club 1
190 Adoptees Alliance 1
191 Bellingham Review 1
192 Bradley F. Smith Internship Program 1
193 Institute for Watershed Studies 1
194 MK Advantages of Learning Differently Scholarship 1
195 Office of Sustainability 1
196 Planned Parenthood Club 1
197 Wakeboard Team 1
198 WWU Club Baseball 1
199 WWU Tennis Club 1
200 Huxley College on the Peninsulas 1
201 Arts Enterprise and Cultural Innovation 1
202 Washington Campus Compact 1
203 Bellingham Order of the Saber 1
204 Geography Program 1
205 Hearing Aid Bank 1
206 Prim Scholarship for Diversity and Inclusion 1
207 Student Ambassador Scholarship 1
208 Women's Water Polo Team 1
209 WWU Queer-Con 1
210 Carl H. Simpson "Bridging" Fund 0
211 Alpha Kappa Psi Omega Beta 0
212 Brian K. and Lori L. Burton Fund for Innovation 0
213 Campus Recreation 0
214 Campus School Legacy Scholarship 0
215 CBE Investment Management and Scholarship Fund 0
216 Center for Pacific Northwest Studies 0
217 Cheerleading 0
218 Chuckanut District of WSFGC Scholarship 0
219 Climate Innovation Fund 0
220 Climbing Team 0
221 Club Wrestling 0
222 Cycling Team 0
223 Decision Sciences 0
224 Donald B. McLeod Scholarship Endowment 0
225 Dr. Elena Pereyra Peach Award Scholarship 0
226 Education and Social Justice Minor 0
227 Filipino-American Student Association 0
228 Frank Punches Memorial Endowment Fund 0
229 Freeride Ski and Snowboard Team 0
230 Fresh Water Ecology 0
231 Health and Community Studies 0
232 Ingrid Stahlbrand Kassler Memorial Scholarship 0
233 James B. and Angela Rhoads Scholarship 0
234 Jamie Foland-Tseng Memorial Scholarship 0
235 Joann Otto Microscope Endowment Fund 0
236 Jose S. Velasquez Memorial Scholarship 0
237 Khmer Student Association (KhSA 0
238 Manis Family Scholarship 0
239 Mars Lab Fund 0
240 Mary Morrison Family Music Scholarship Endowment 0
241 Morse Leadership Institute 0
242 Mountain Environments Research Institute 0
243 Music Library 0
244 Net Impact WWU 0
245 Norma Hall-Alice Stout Memorial Endowment 0
246 Occam's Razor - Student Academic Journal 0
247 Other 0
248 Outreach and Continuing Education 0
249 Patrick L. Monahan Scholarship 0
250 Pre-Dental 0
251 Psychedelic Club 0
252 Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education 0
253 Resource Center 0
254 Rich and Stephanie Bowers Endowment 0
255 Rocky Spencer Memorial Scholarship 0
256 Ruth S. Cox Memorial Scholarship 0
257 Sandberg Scholarship 0
258 Small Business Development Center 0
259 Sociology Club 0
260 Special Collections 0
261 Studebaker Family Student Success Fund 0
262 Student Services and Programs 0
263 The Jazz Project Scholarship 0
264 The Journal of Educational Controversy 0
265 Timothy Crossan Memorial Fund 0
266 Vassdal Design Scholarship 0
267 Veteran Services 0
268 WCE Promise Scholarships for Students of Color 0
269 Western Community Outreach 0
270 Western Gallery 0
271 Western Stands for Racial Equity Fund 0
272 Women's Ice Hockey 0
273 WWU Club Golf Team 0
274 WWU Fly Fishing Club 0
275 WWU National Science Teachers Association Chapter 0
276 WWU Outdoor Center 0
277 WWU Speech and Hearing Clinic 0
278 WWU Student Chapter of NSTA 0
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International Student Support Fund Challenge
The first $1,000 in gifts to the International Student Support Fund have been matched dollar for dollar by Lee Sternberger and Craig Shealy to help International Students facing financial emergencies.
$970 MATCHED
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