Eastern Washington University’s Running Start students could get a little extra financial help thanks to a new grant from the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC), which supports increased student access to education. 

The Dual Enrollment Scholarship Pilot Program enables Running Start (RS) students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRLP) to have all of their EWU course fees covered. This adds to the benefits already in place for these students: EWU tuition, up to 15 credits each quarter, textbook expenses and bus pass.

When the COVID-19 Pandemic began impacting students, WSAC also assisted students with the purchase of laptops and covering any textbook delivery fees. 

Brenda Schreiber, interim director of Running Start at EWU, says all students need to do is be admitted to the RS program and provide proof of free and reduced lunch to quality for the pilot program. 

To quality for Running Start, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for automatic admittance, and a 2.8-2.9 cumulative GPA for admittance with a letter of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher.

So far this year Schreiber says RS students from Eastern have earned 9,158 credits.

For information, please contact Brenda Schreiber at bschreiber1@ewu.edu or at 509.359.6060.