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Awards and Grants

Administrative Professional Contribution Award

Each year, we recognize an Administrative Professional employee’s exceptional contributions to WSU and their area or unit with the AP Contribution Award. We define “exceptional” as beyond the expected or required performance,if an AP has made a unique difference, or if the AP had far-reaching, impelling or compelling impact to their work area.

Nominations highlight contributions made by the employee that address (but not limited to): productivity; innovative problem solving; positive working relationships; and/or university or community service.

Nominations are now closed for the 2017 award. Thank you to all who submitted nominations!

The winner will be announced during the regular APAC meeting on May 11.

For further information contact Gayle Anderson at or 335-8350.

The ninth annual AP Contribution Award Winners in 2016 were Nikki Hinshaw and Darrel Nelson. Read more about Nikki and Darrel here.

Nikki Hinshaw and Nolan Yaws
Nikki Hinshaw stands with Nolan Yaws who nominated her for her outstanding contributions to WSU Vancouver.
Darrel Nelson and co.
Darrel Nelson, second from left, stands with Steve Simasko, Cynthia Faux and Becky Morton who all nominated Darrel for his outstanding contributions to WSU Pullman.

Past AP Contribution Award winners

Professional Development Mini-Grants

About the AP  Mini Grant  Fund (APMGF)

Professional development is highly valued by Washington State University and is supported by the  President’s and Provosts’ offices. The APMGF is a supplemental fund and is intended to provide matching funds in conjunction with the AP’s unit/department. The committee will disburse a maximum of $3,000 per fiscal year.

Maximum award amount: $250

Eligible applicants to receive a maximum of one award every two fiscal years.


Applicants must be permanent resident aliens or U.S. citizens and benefits-eligible (0.5 FTE or more) Administrative Professionals employed by Washington State University for at least six months prior to the start date of the planned activity.  Applicants must have their planned activity pre-approved by their supervisor and provide documentation as requested to the APMGF Committee.


Get the application form here (PDF).

Submit to Gayle Anderson at the APAC office by email at


Application for a pre-approved activity must be received by the deadlines specified during the Fall and Spring grant cycles.

Fall: October 31

Spring: April 30


Recipients will be chosen by an independent panel comprised of WSU Foundation members. All applicants will be notified of the panel’s final decision via email.

Staff Scholarship Fund

APAC sponsors a staff scholarship fund, which provides financial assistance to WSU staff or their immediate family.

To contribute, visit the WSU Foundation.