Peter A. Zornes Memorial Neuroscience Scholarship

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The Peter A. Zornes Memorial Neuroscience Scholarship was established in his honor and to serve as an inspiration to others. The scholarship is intended to benefit WSU neuroscience undergraduate students like Peter. 

The neuroscience scholarships are funded in part by the annual Peter Zornes Memorial Golf Tournament, which is held every summer at the Colfax Golf Course and Country Club in Colfax, Washington.  Future golf event dates: July 13, 2024


Peter was very active in sports and in his community. This is our way of honoring his memory.

-Kathy Zornes, Peter’s mother, who organizes an annual golf event

Peter Zornes was raised in Oakesdale, a small town in eastern Washington. It came as no surprise that he followed his father (’71 B.S.) and his mother (’74 B.A.) to Washington State University. Since his ultimate goal was to become a physician, he was excited to find that WSU had a brand new neuroscience program, where he focused his learning and found a new passion.

He graduated cum laude from WSU in 2003 with a degree in neuroscience and began the arduous task of applying to medical school. In order to increase his chances for acceptance, he took a position as research associate in asthma and allergy at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he worked for 18 months.

During this time, one of his mentors wrote of Peter: “He has the rare combination of drive, intelligence and compassion. All these qualities will go a long way toward making a fine physician.” He then returned to Whitman County where he was to begin a research position with a newly formed bio-tech firm. This was not to be, however, as he was killed three weeks prior to the start of that job at the age of 25.

“Part of what we want to do, in addition to fundraising, is provide a really good time for everyone who attends, share memories, and make new friends and new memories,” said Kathy Zornes.

For current students interested in applying, please see the eligibility requirements.

Scholarship recipients

  • 2023 Katie Sciarrotta and Sophie Shirali
  • 2022 none
  • 2021 Jacob Foster and Olivia Willis
  • 2020 Kiersten Holguin and Oluwanifemi Shola-Dare
  • 2019 Kajal Sabhaya
  • 2018 Colton Crawford, Nhu Huynh, and Shi Tan
  • 2017 Erin Heath
  • 2016 Halle Weimar
  • 2015 Rachelle Riggers
  • 2014 Megan Moberg
  • 2013 Georgia Schafter
  • 2012 Matthew Landowski and Amanda Feeney
  • 2011 Rachel Wanty
  • 2010 Omar Bayomy
  • 2009 Alexandra Bond
  • 2008 Emiko Namatame

Questions about giving? Contact Lynne Haley or 509-335-5021.

To make a gift by mail:

Please make your check out to “WSUF” (Washington State University Foundation) and indicate the fund name. Send the check to:

College of Veterinary Medicine
Attn: Development Office
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

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