StepTwo: Washington State Scholarships
Important to Understand: You MUST fill out your FAFSA to receive nearly ALL Washington state grants - they are awarded through your school's financial aid package! If you have not filed your FAFSA yet, go back to Step One!Who can apply? Look for your class icon! S - Seniors J - Juniors So - Sophomores F - FreshmenHeaded out of state? Scroll to bottom of page for tips!State Grant Programs: Overview of Washington State Grant Programs
College Bound Scholarship 7th 8th
Fill out your FAFSA after October 1, 2019 - Check with Mrs. Dallabetta to see if you are a College Bound student
An "early promise" scholarship; you must have signed up for this in 7th or 8th grade.
- Will combine with other state financial aid you receive to cover the average tuition (at comparable public college rates) some fees, and a small book allowance.
- Must be income-eligible: family of 4 must make $57,000 or less
- Minimum 2.0 GPA by high school graduation
- Fill out FAFSA after October 1, 2019 (no separate application necessary)
- Have a family income of equal to or less than 70 percent of the state median
- Enroll at an eligible institution in Washington
- Income requirement: a family of 4 must make $114,500 or less
- 2.75 minimum GPA
- This scholarship is for Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Health Care related fields and some Education majors
- A 4-5 year award, your freshman and sophomore years you receive $2500 per year, juniors receive $5000 per year, and seniors receive $7500 per year. If a fifth year of schooling is taken, the award is $5000
New this year!
- Income requirement: a family of 4 must make $114,500 or less
- Supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, STEM and health care occupations
- Scholars must enroll in an approved program, such as welding, manufacturing or IT, at one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges
- Foster youth only - can be foster care or legal guardianship, but not adopted by relatives
- Recipients can receive between $2,000 and $4,000 per academic year
- Must have close social and cultural ties to an in-state American Indian tribe or community
- Have a financial need
- Enroll in a public or private college
- Have been in Washington state, federal, or tribal foster care after age 15
- May receive up to $4500 per year
- May receive specialized support from college staff, College Success Foundation, and priority consideration for the State Need Grant
- SFCC, SCC and Washington state community colleges students only
- Only certain programs/majors are eligible
- Based on financial need, FAFSA information used to determine eligibility
Private WA State ScholarshipsOpen Now!
Alert Magazine S Rolling Deadline
Horatio Alger Association S Deadline: October 25, 2019
- Essay contest on the topic of a personal encounter you or someone you know has had with drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Family must have financial need ($55,000 or less, adjusted gross income)
- You have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity
Prudential Spirit of Community Award S J So F Deadline: Nov. 5, 2019
- You have made a meaningful contribution to your community through volunteer service
- You can win $1000-$5000 and a trip to Washington D.C.
- One Lakeside student will be nominated.
Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation Deadline: February 1, 2020
- Over 200 Washington state scholarships awarded each year with varying requirements
- $5.00 processing fee per scholarship
- Create a free account and then find scholarships that match your profile
Ewing C Kelly Scholarship S Deadline: March 10, 2020For students who demonstrate citizenship, academic achievement and financial need
- Must have a composite score of 20 on the ACT or a composite score of 1030 on the recently revised SAT
- Applicant must be accepted, or have an application pending, at an accredited institution of higher learning, public or private, including community colleges
- Each award is $2500
Coming Soon for the 2019-2020 School Year!
Check out these scholarships and start working on the essays right away!
Many scholarship essay questions remain the same year to year!
Don't know how to write a great scholarship essay?
See Mrs. Dallabetta in the LHS College and Career Center for help!
Washington State Fair Foundation Scholarships S Opens Nov. 1st! Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020
- Fair Chance Scholarship
- Anderson Criminal Justice Scholarship
- Complete one application to be considered for all scholarships offered.
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium S
- You are pursuing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
- Available at UW, WSU, WWU, Seattle Central Community College and Northwest Indian College
Herff Jones/Varsity Brands Contests ALL GRADES Opens Jan. 7, 2020 and closes Jan. 21st
- See "Student Awards" section on webpage
- Multiple categories of school spirit, athletics, achievement, etc.
Microsoft DisAbility Scholarship S
- Living with a disability whether that be visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, speech, or other dis Ability
- Planning to major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law ,business ,or a related field (e.g. paralegal, pre-law, finance, business administration, or marketing)
- Demonstrate leadership at school and/or in the community
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Require financial assistance to attend college
Washington State Employees Credit Union S Opens Dec. 2019
- Students with a bank account at WSECU or who open one
- 29 awards given each year
- $1,500 awards for two-year college/vocational school
- $2,500 awards for four-year undergraduate and graduate programs
Lambeth Family Scholarship
- $1000 to $3000 awards
- 1 to 8 awards given
- You plan to pursue a degree in engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or business
- You will study at a public university, community college or technical school
- 3.0 GPA
- Renewable up to 4 years
- Log in to your WashBoard.org account to get to scholarship
Washington State School Retirees' Association S
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Eight WSSR-Foundation Scholarships - a one-time scholarship of $2500 each
Sixteen Robert J. Handy Scholarships - $900 each for up to four years
One Neil D. Prescott Scholarship - a one-time scholarship of $2500
- You are seeking a degree in education, counseling, psychology, speech therapy or occupational therapy
- Click on the "Forms and Files" tab to open the scholarship application WSSRA Scholarship Application
Assoc of Computer Professionals in Education S Opens Dec. 1, 2019
- You have been actively involved in the use of technology during your high school career
- Planning to pursue studies in a technology related field
- You have created your own website
Cancer Unwrapped F So J S
- Write a 500-2000-word essay sharing your story about cancer--either your personal diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one.
- Several $1000 cash prizes Cancer Unwrapped Scholarship
Better Business Bureau Students of Integrity JS
- Create a 90-second video that demonstrates how BBB helps people become smart consumers
- Students who personify and communicate ethics in the real world, as demonstrated through community service, personal integrity, and academic accomplishments
Jack Reynolds Scholarship S
- Student athletes
WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship S
For excellence in athletics/activities, academics, leadership and community service throughout your high school career
Merle Kirkley Scholarship S
WA State Law Enforcement Association Scholarship S
- For students interested in the design of school facilities
- Essay asks what you would change about the physical facilities of your high school
- You plan to major in school planning, architecture, engineering, product services and construction management or a related field
- Available for members and children of WSLEA and WSRLEA members for college classes and vocational training
Washington State Auto Dealers Association S
- Write an essay (500-700 words) about what the American Dream means to you and how you plan to achieve yours.
- Currently enrolled in an Automotive Technology program in a WA state public school.
WA State Assoc. of Justice Past Presidents' Scholarship S
Show a history of achievement despite having been a victim of injury or overcoming a disability or obstacle
- You have a commitment to helping people in need or protecting the right of injured persons and show a plan or commitment showing how your education will help people
WA State Association for Justice Essay and Video Scholarship S
Two scholarships- one to an essayist and one to a videographer
Topic given in application
Young and Bold Scholarship Program S
- 3 $1000 Scholarships
- Submit a 750-1,000 word essay on the following topic: What is your creative solution to a problem faced by your school or community? The problem can be social, scientific, or technological
Greater Northwest Chapter Multiple Sclerosis Society S
Local chapter scholarship is not open yet
- If you live with MS or have a parent with MS
Open Now! The Elaine Chapin Scholarship (National Scholarship)
Numerica Student Ambassador Scholarship S Deadline: June 2 (midnight)
- Numerica member in good standing
- High school senior entering college/university as a full-time freshman student in the fall of 2019
- Completed a minimum of 20 hours community service hours during high school
- Provide a reference letter from a non-profit 501(c)3 (letters from school coaches, counselors or teachers will not be accepted)
- Cover letter addressing educational goals, future career plans, financial need, and other information the committee might find valuable in evaluating the application
- Provide a copy of acceptance letter from a regionally or nationally accredited institute of higher education
Lift Parts Express Scholarship S Deadline: June 30, 2019
Write an essay (no word limit) that outlines how much you expect to spend to finish your schooling, how you intend to pay for your schooling, and what you expect your job to be once you are finished your schooling
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
Brain Injury Association of Washington S Deadline: June 30, 2019
You have suffered a brain injury (concussion) during high school
- One WWU and one EWU scholarship
International Air and Hospitality Scholarship S
See Mrs. Dallabetta if you would like to be nominated for an International Air and Hospitality Academy, Northwest Renewable Energy Institute, Northwest Culinary Institute, or Northwest Railroad Institute scholarship.
- Check out these programs at this site.
Costco Scholarship S
- No separate application necessary (awarded at two colleges in Washington)
- For highly qualified underrepresented minority students
- Available at Seattle University or the University of Washington only
Other State Scholarship Resources
theWashBoard.orgConnecting Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers….for FREE.Whether you’ll be attending in state or out, you save time by entering your profile once and letting us find the scholarship opportunities that fit. theWashBoard.org is spam-free and will never sell your information.
College Success FoundationThe College Success Foundation has an overview of many opportunities in Washington.
Headed out of state?
Check if your school is on the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) list of eligible schools.The WUE waiver can reduce your tuition from the non-resident rate (usually double or triple the state resident rate) to just 150% of the state resident rate.
- Next, call your school's financial aid office to ask about non-resident scholarships and how to apply
- You may also want to visit this site