Western Washington University Alumni Association

Tess Trosko

Major - Cultural Anthropology
Hometown - Ridgefield, WA

“Western was the perfect match for me because it offers small class sizes and encourages students to become involved with the outdoors.”

I did the Running Start program in high school and graduated with my associates degree in 2012. Now I am attending Western Washington University and putting myself through school to provide a better future for myself. I am a full-time student and worked throughout the school year to pay for my living expenses. I was a recipient of this scholarship last year and was fortunate enough to be chosen again this year.

This scholarship means less money that I have to work for while I am in school and less money that I have to take out in the form of a loan. It is an incredible gift to be awarded a scholarship and I am forever grateful for the Alumni Association and the donors who have made my scholarship a reality.

When I am not studying, I like to relax and watch crime shows such as “NCIS” or “Criminal Minds.” Additionally, I love going outside and playing tennis because it’s a fun workout that doesn't feel like a workout.

Working at the Phonathon has had a huge impact on the way I think about the college experience. Before coming to WWU, I didn't realize that there were so many people who worked together to make it possible to get new equipment, pay for travel expenses, or provide scholarships to students. Working there, I learned that it isn't one rock star donor who donates $1000 (although that does happen and those people are wonderful); it is a lot of WWU grads that come together with small donations that make a huge impact on campus.




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