The Peter K. Wallerich Scholarship recognizes outstanding undergraduate students who have demonstrated interest and success in the natural sciences, pre-medicine, or other health science coursework. Four students are expected to be named Wallerich Scholars for the 2024-25 academic year and each will receive a $8,400 scholarship. Recipients will be selected based upon outstanding academic performance, interest in research, and plans for a career in the natural or health sciences.

Nominations due Monday, February 19, 2024

Nomination form


Scholarship nomination procedures:

Only students nominated by the faculty are eligible. All faculty members are invited to nominate students who not only have exceptional academic records, but also meet the following criteria:

  • Junior or senior class standing by the 2024 fall semester.
  • Demonstrate interest and success in research.
  • Plan for a career in the natural or health sciences.

Nominees will be asked to submit the following to the Faculty Scholarship Committee:

  • Personal letter of introduction
  • 2 essays
  • Letter of recommendation from a University of Puget Sound professor

The committee will review the application materials and academic transcripts of each nominee before selecting the final recipients.

The Peter K. Wallerich Scholarship recipients are expected to be named no later than May 1, 2024.

About the Wallerich Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1999 through the generous gifts of Peter K. Wallerich. Peter Wallerich is a Tacoma businessman (Chevrolet dealer and banker) with long service on the Board of Trustees of the university. During his tenure as trustee, which commenced in 1970, he served at various times as chairman of the Finance Committee, chairman of the Investment Sub-Committee, and member of the Executive and Compensation Committees.

Peter and his wife Marylu have four daughters, one of whom, Karen, graduated from Puget Sound in 1977. Their son-in-law, Scott Winship, received a Puget Sound law degree in 1986. Peter’s brother John also attended Puget Sound and is affiliated with the class of 1959, and his cousin, Dr. Frederik Hansen Jr., is a 1949 alumnus.