Washington Scholarships

The beautiful state of Washington is the most populous state on the West Coast after California. It features as part of its natural landscape rainforests, mountain ranges, fjords and  hot springs. Also, of course, there is Puget Sound, home to much industry and a favorite destination for tourists. The industry of Washington is made up of a number of key industries including computer software development, aircraft manufacturing, biotechnology and lumber and wood production.

In addition to its natural beauty, Washington is also home to nearly 90 colleges, universities and technical schools. Among these institutions are small liberal arts colleges such as The Evergreen State College (in Olympia) and Whitman College (in Walla Walla). There are also larger research universities such as the University of Washington, Washington State University and Gonzaga University. A well-distributed network of community colleges are also available.

The links below will provide you with more detailed information regarding the range of college scholarships to be found in Washington. Both public and private funding opportunities exist. The state offers several different forms of scholarships, grants and tuition debt forgiveness. Private sources provide scholarship money for college majors ranging from accounting to zoology. Continue reading to learn more. 

AWC Student Scholarships

Every year AWC Seattle Professional Chapter awards scholarships to outstanding communications students attending Washington state colleges. Eligible students must meet the following qualifications: • Be a Washington state resident • Be a registered student at a four-year college in Washington state for Fall school year • Be a junior, senior or graduate student as of Fall school year • Be accepted in, or applying to, a school at a four-year university or college to major in at least one of the following communications disciplines: o Advertising o Communications o Film o Graphic design o Journalism (print and broadcast) o Marketing o Multimedia design o Photography o Public relations o Speech communications o Technical communication o Television and radio production Scholarship selections are based on: • Demonstrated excellence in communications • Positive contributions toward communications on campus, in the community • Scholastic achievement • Financial need • Work samples

AOTF Washington Scholarship

Two scholarships for student who are currently enrolled in an accredited occupational therapy educational program in the state of Washington. One scholarship of $1,000 for a student at the professional degree level. One scholarship of $500 for a student at the associate degree level. Applicants must be members of the Washington Occupational Therapy Association.

Whitworth University/SAE Engineering Scholarship

Student Eligibility: Applicant must be an incoming freshman or transfer student who plans to major in a science or engineering and has a minimum 3.60 grade point average and 1800 SAT or 27 ACT score. Terms: One freshman scholarship will be awarded at $500 per semester for up to eight semesters of study at Whitworth University. Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and full time enrollment in a science or pre-engineering major at Whitworth College.

Mary Ellen Russell College Scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following qualifications: 1) Be a woman who will have completed 50% of the requirements toward college graduation in an engineering field at the time that the scholarship application is submitted; 2) Be accepted for enrollment in an ABET accredited engineering school in western Washington or Montana; 3) Be in a position to use the scholarship in the school year that the award is presented; and 4) Be a U.S. citizen. Mary Ellen Russell, a charter member of the PNW section of SWE, devoted her career to engineering and science. She dedicated her life and energy to activities to the benefit of SWE, to geology, to outdoor activities and to the leadership of many young women and men who cherished their time with her. Mary Ellen earned degrees in Mathematics and Geology at the University of Washington. The recipient must have achieved at least a college level junior standing.

KASF Scholarship - Western Regional Chapter

A Korean student currently enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is qualified to apply. Applicants are judged on the basis of financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activities, and community service. .Applicants from the Western Region must attend a school in either: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, or New Mexico. Qualifications: Undergraduate, graduate, and high school students enrolled full time during the scholarship application year. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). If extra funds are available, other students (non-Korean) may qualify for some scholarships.

WLA Graduate Study Scholarships - Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarships

The Washington Library Association awards one or more Maryan E. Reynolds Scholarships annually, to WLA members who are enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS degree program and have completed at least one semester or quarter. The scholarships are up to $6,000 per recipient. Applicants are evaluated based on demonstrated potential for leadership in the profession and commitment to libraries and library service. Scholarship Criteria These criteria will be used by the Scholarship Committee to evaluate your application: Current membership in the Washington Library Association. Washington State residency. Satisfactory completion of at least one semester or quarter in an ALA-accredited program leading to the Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Demonstration of potential for leadership in the profession and commitment to libraries and library service. Current or previous involvement with WLA, or plan to be active in WLA during the academic year in which the scholarship is awarded (e.g., serve as intern to Alki editorial committee, contributor to Alki, student liaison to WLA Board, active in WLA interest group, involvement with WLA or WALE conference programs).

Innovation in Education Scholarship

LA Tutors awards a monthly $500 Innovation Scholarship to high school and college students who showcase their creativity and make a positive impact.

ASWA Seattle Chapter Scholarship

ASWA Seattle Chapter requirements: 1. Shall be either a part-time or full-time student, pursuing either an associate’s of applied science, bachelor's or master's degree in accounting or an equivalent designated post-baccalaureate certificate of accounting. 2. Shall have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours within four weeks of the application deadline. 3. Shall have maintained a minimum grade point average of 2.50 overall and 3.0 in accounting 4. Shall be attending an accredited community college, college, university or professional school of accounting. 5. Need not be a member of American Society of Women Accountants. When reviewing applications, the Scholarship Committee considers the following when making their selections: Career goals Communication skills Financial need and circumstances Personal circumstances Grade point average An application packet consists of all of the following: 1. A completed Seattle Chapter application form (typed, if possible). 2. An original current official college transcript (in sealed envelope) for each application. 3. Financial aid transcripts from the college, if applicable, for each application. 4. Two original, signed, letters of recommendation for each application. 5. Evidence of acceptance to program if you are either transferring to another college or beginning a post-baccalaureate education at a new university.

MusicAuthority’s Annual Music Lovers Scholarship

MusicAuthority recognizes the positive impact that music can have on a student’s learning experience. Studies have shown how music can enhance learning- from improving memory performance to relieving anxiety, music can be a great component to aid a student’s college experience. We are proud to offer our $1,000 scholarship to one current or prospective student. We will be offering this scholarship on a continual basis and we are excited to promote a passion for music and higher education.

Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Program

The Jewish Federation Israel Scholarship Program enables teens to participate in an Israel Experience to develop and enrich their Jewish education and reinforce Jewish identity. The Federation supports both need-based and incentive scholarships. Israel scholarships are made possible by the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, the Samuel Israel Foundation and other donors. Applications are reviewed by the Israel Scholarship Committee. Please note the following: Scholarships are for teen experiences only. Gap year experiences are not eligible for scholarship funding through this program. Scholarships cannot be awarded retroactively. Scholarship recipients are required to complete volunteer service at the Jewish Federation upon the conclusion of their Israel program (see application packet for details). Scholarship recipients must write one blog post and send at least five pictures for every three weeks of their program. To be eligible for a Teen Israel Scholarship, you must: Be a permanent resident of Washington State. Participate in an Israel program that starts from the summer after ninth grade through high school graduation. Select an Israel program that is an educational youth/peer program (adventure travel, community service, volunteer work, study). Seek additional sources of scholarship funding from your synagogue (if you are affiliated) and your Israel program/sponsoring organization.

Fastline Publications Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing. Seventeen $1,000 scholarships to a member from Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina or South Carolina; Arkansas, Louisiana or Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Pennsylvania or New York; Washington, Oregon or Idaho; Ohio; Oklahoma; Alabama, Georgia or Florida; Tennessee; Texas; Wisconsin. In addition, seven scholarships are available to FFA members pursuing a two-year degree in agricultural business/farm/livestock or ranch management or agricultural sales and marketing to the states of Kansas; Kentucky; Nebraska; Ohio; Oklahoma; Texas; Alabama, Georgia or Florida. Applicants must live on a family farm, exhibit strong leadership skills, financial need and demonstrate interest in managing a farm.AWARD: 24 scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

MetLife Foundation Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in select areas of agriculture, agribusiness management, communications, education, journalism, extension, public relations, finance, economics, sales, marketing, engineering, mechanization, technology, plant pathology, plant/animal breeding and genetics, range/soil science or public service and administration in agriculture. Resident of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin or Wyoming required. No more than one scholarship per state.AWARD: 10 scholarships at $2,000 each, non-renewable.

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