Christopher M. West Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship History and Description:

The Christopher M. West Memorial Scholarship was established by relatives and friends of Christopher M. West to assist freshman students entering Gonzaga University. Scholarships of varying amounts are awarded annually to residents of Spokane County, WA and Sandpoint, ID, to graduates of Xavier Prep in Palm Desert, CA, and to children of Gonzaga graduates who served in the military.

Selection Process:

Applications will be judged by an independent Christopher M. West Memorial Scholarship Committee established by the benefactors of the scholarship. Selection criteria include:

  1. Demonstration of humanitarianism through membership in honorary service clubs, participation in community service organizations, or unique individual humanitarian interests or deeds;
  2. Must be a resident of Spokane County, WA or Sandpoint, ID; or a graduate of Xavier Prep in Palm Desert, CA; or the child of a Gonzaga graduate who served in the military;
  3. Acceptance as a full-time, degree-seeking student at Gonzaga University.

To apply students must:

  • Complete the Application for Admission to Gonzaga University by February 1.
  • Complete the Christopher M. West Memorial Scholarship Application by February 1.
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 1.
  • Using the topic provided, submit the essay by February 1.
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Part Two: Short Answer Questions

Please list your recent:

1) Honors and Awards

2) Offices and Leadership Positions

3) School and Community Activities

Part Three: Personal Statement

In 300 words or less, please write a personal statement which includes your humanitarian interests, career goals, personal philosophy, and those items which you think would be of interest to the selection committee.

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