WWU Molinari Memorial Scholarship

The Western Washington University Foundation is pleased announce the availability of the Molinari Memorial Scholarship which sponsors one (1) $2,500 scholarship for the coming academic year. The purpose of the scholarship is to recognize an undergraduate student who has made exceptional contributions in support of the University’s efforts to provide orientation advising services that support the transition to the university experience for undergraduate students.


  1. Current undergraduate students for the coming academic year.
  2. Applicants must have at least a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5.
  3. Preference will be given to a student who (in highest to lowest priority) is:
    1. First generation college student
    2. LGBTQ or ally
    3. Demonstrates financial need
  4. The scholarship recipient will be selected based on criteria including the following:
    1. The scholarship application is completely filled out and well-written.
    2. Demonstrated growth and development related to supporting the transition of students to the university experience.
    3. Demonstrated growth and development related to service in and with the LGBTQ community.
    4. Financial need.
    5. Information from two references who can speak to the applicant’s service in orientation advising services and/or activities supporting the transition experience for students in the LGBTQ community.

    Note: The scholarship funds will be disbursed quarterly.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018.

Camillo Molinari

The Molinari Memorial Scholarship is made possible by the generous support of Anthony Papini and the Papini Family. Anthony served as an orientation student advisor from 1999-2002, welcoming new students to WWU with an open heart and commitment to helping all students find their place and connection in the Western community. In Anthony’s words – “In spite of his own lack of formal education beyond grade school in Italy, Nonno came to the United States with almost nothing but worked hard and saved. He supported my brother and me and did everything for us. He paid for our college education, helped us in our homes, and instilled a sense of respect in us. When he and Nonna came to visit me at Western once, the thing he wanted to see most was one of my classrooms. While he lacked a college education, he more than made up for it in his own wisdom and inspiration and was proud to help Giancarlo and me achieve our dreams. And we did – thanks to him. We were lucky to have him in our lives for all these years. We will miss you, Nonno, and we’ll make sure everyone knows – you did it your way.”

Page Updated 01.23.2018