Students at the University of Washington often wonder what the best option is to fund their studies. What these students may not realize is that University of Washington offers a number of different scholarships to assist students with the cost of attending their institution. Some of these scholarships require that students complete the FAFSA application form. As such, any student who is planning to apply for financial aid is strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA application as early as possible. In addition to any money offered to you by the federal or state government (based off you FAFSA report), check out the UW scholarships below:
Merit Scholarship Fellowships & Awards: These scholarships are offered to outstanding students in a variety of fields. Students can log onto this website and search through the list of options. Some of these awards are offered through UW while other awards on the list are awards that you can be nominated for during your time at UW, but are nationally competitive scholarships.
UW Diversity Scholarship for Freshmen: This scholarship was created for an incoming freshman who comes from a minority background. More specifically, the applicant must come from one of the following ethnic backgrounds: Hispanic, African American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaska Native. In addition, the applicant must be a resident of WA, demonstrate financial need, have a strong academic record, and must have participated in community service. This scholarship provides the recipient with a total of $40,000, which is dispersed over a four-year period in $10,000 increments. In order to apply, students are required to complete the FAFSA, which becomes available on October 1st. Since all students are reviewed automatically, no separate application form is needed. Additional information about this award can be found here.
Honor’s Scholarships:Students who are planning to study in the Honors Program at UW have a number of additional scholarships options. Any Honors student who will be a first, second, or third year student can apply for these scholarships. The lowest award (ROMAN Book Award) provides a scholarship worth $250. Some of the top awards (Greene Scholarship) offer a one-year in-state tuition remission to the recipient. The Mary Gates Achievement Scholarship is open to incoming sophomores who are residents of WA state. This scholarship provides $10,000 to the lucky winner. A variety of other scholarships are also available to students and range in value from $1,000 to several thousand dollars. A full list of these scholarships can be found here.
In addition to the awards described above, students should check with the department and college in which they plan to enroll. Often departments maintain their own budgets and have some discretion in how they award scholarship money. Typically, these funds are used to recruit top incoming students and/or promote academic excellent among current students. Additional information about other types of scholarships, such as need-based scholarships and scholarships for non-WA residents, can be found on this website. Some of these scholarships require a separate application while others review any admitted student automatically.