2024 Canadian-American Studies Scholarship

The $1,000 Canadian-American Studies Scholarship is open to students with a demonstrated interest in majoring or minoring in the field, or those who have completed  C/AM 200 and at least one other course of the C/AM general curriculum. 

The application deadline for the 2024-25 scholarship has passed. Stay tuned for the 2025-6 application in early 2025.  

How to Apply

The Canadian-American Studies Scholarship is open to students with a demonstrated interest in majoring or minoring in the field, or those who have completed  C/AM 200 and at least one other course of the C/AM general curriculum

Scholarship application e-sign form.

This $1,000 scholarship supports students interested in Canadian-American studies. 

  • Applicants must be enrolled as a Canadian-American Studies major or minor, or have completed C/AM 200 and at least one more C/AM affiliated class (see the list of C/AM courses here). 
  • Must be a currently enrolled student who has completed the most recent quarter at WWU.
  • Must hold a minimum GPA of C-.
  • The Center for Canadian-American Studies will announce its annual scholarship and applications by the end of winter quarter. 
  • Student submits completed application form (e-sign form) with attachments and arranges for faculty recommendations to be submitted to C/AM (
  • Scholarship Committee meets during spring quarter to review all qualified applications.
  • After a scholarship recipient has been selected, the Director of the Center for Canadian-American Studies will notify the recipient and the Western Foundation of the scholarship award. 
  • Recipients accepting scholarship will complete the Web4U acceptance form, and provide the Center for Canadian-American Studies with a thank you letter for the scholarship donor. 

Any questions?

Contact the Center for Canadian-American Studies office by sending an email to or phone 360-650-3728.

Mason hobbes


C/AM student Mason Hobson is the recipient of the 2024 Canadian-American Studies Scholarship.

"I am incredibly grateful to be the recipient of this award. I believe I honour the spirit of this C/AM studies scholarship through my continued drive in the field of Canadian American studies and dedication to growing the field of Canadian American Relations."

-Mason Hobson 


C/AM’s 2023 Outstanding Graduate & Scholar

Mehana Tamashiro is this year's Outstanding Graduate & Scholar! Here is what she had to say:

"The Canadian-American Studies program has provided me with numerous opportunities to grow as an individual. I expanded on skills like public speaking, networking, and academic research. These opportunities are not really offered in my other major, so I’m thankful that the C/AM program allows students in the department to be more involved.

Perhaps the greatest part of the program is that your work will never go unnoticed, and they celebrate your achievements with you. I was given the opportunity to showcase my senior capstone project at the Scholar’s Week poster session.

The staff is supportive, which means so much during a stressful time like college. C/AM is a unique and welcoming program at Western - more connected than other programs in my opinion.

There are also a lot of cool events that go on throughout the year, such as webinars/guest speakers that are open to everyone. Attending these events helped me gain a greater understanding of the bilateral relationship and connects to the material I learned in the program courses. I highly encourage any person to learn more about the program or find ways to get involved if it interests them!"

-Mehana Tamashiro, 23'



Student Laura Gold-Rasmussen is the recipient of the 2023 Canadian-American Studies Scholarship.

“The Canadian American Studies Program has given me the opportunity to learn about my own native country and the country I live in now. I have learned how to communicate more effectively and build relationships; this has also helped my current position at Western Washington University.  This program has made me feel that I can make a difference in the world through culture and education.”

-Laura Gold-Rasmussen


Rica Tro posing in front of a collection of totem poles


Congratulations to Rica Tro, recipient of The Center for Canadian-American Studies’ first annual student scholarship in 2021. Good luck Rica, as you continue to pursue your studies!

Elyse C. Alper Scholarship for International Studies

Don and Jan Alper established this scholarship in 2010 to honor and celebrate the life of their daughter Elyse and carry forward her lifelong joy of travel and in establishing friendships across continents. This scholarship will provide opportunities for students to study outside the United States at recognized universities and aims to promote and further greater international understanding and goodwill. The Dean’s office of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will confirm funding and call for nominations during Winter Quarter for the scholarship award for the next academic year. For more information about this scholarship, contact the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Killam Fellowship Program

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada. Interested students should email: