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Matelich Scholarship FAQ

  1. What kind of students are you looking for?
  2. How do I apply?
  3. What is included in the application?
  4. Can I submit my Matelich application separately from my admission application?
  5. How many scholarships are awarded?
  6. How many applications do you receive?
  7. What is included in the scholarship?
  8. When do I find out if I'm a finalist?
  9. What is included in a finalist's interview day?
  10. What if I can’t come to campus on the interview day?

1. What kind of students are you looking for?

Matelich Scholarship applicants are strong leaders and are making an impact in their communities. They demonstrate a passion for leadership in a wide variety of areas, including community service, religious life, athletics, cultural organizations, student organizations, and more. Matelich Scholars are excited about making a difference and leading efforts for change.

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2. How do I apply?

You can apply for the Matelich Scholarship through the Common Application. In the Puget Sound General Section, indicate that you plan to apply for the Matelich Scholarship. When you click Continue in that section, it will save your answers and give you access to the Matelich Scholarship Application in the Writing Supplement section of the Common Application. If you submitted your admission application without indicating your intent to apply for the Matelich Scholarship, but still wish to apply, please contact us at matelich.scholarship@pugetsound.edu.

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3. What is included in the application?

A complete Matelich Scholarship application must be submitted via Common Application by December 15 and includes:

A. Complete admission application, which includes:

  • Common Application
  • Application Fee
  • School Report
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official Test Score Report (SAT or ACT)

B. Matelich essay (in the Writing Supplement section of the Common Application)

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4. Can I submit my Matelich application separately from my admission application ?

Yes. You can submit your Common Application for admission and then go back at a later date and complete the Writing Supplement section (which includes the Matelich application). However, you must indicate your intent to apply in the Puget Sound section of your admission application. You also must complete both the admission application and the Matelich application by December 15.

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5. How many scholarships are awarded?

Two Matelich scholarships are awarded each year.

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6. How many applications do you receive?

We receive approximately 250 - 300 applications.  

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7. What is included in the scholarship?

The Matelich Scholarship covers the cost of tuition, room, and board for up to four years of undergraduate education at the University of Puget Sound. Freshman recipients may retain the award for up to three additional years of undergraduate study. Scholarship recipients provided that they:

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.50 or higher or rank in the top quarter of their class.  Students who lose eligibility for the scholarship for any reason may not apply for reinstatement.
  • Demonstrate, in measureable ways, academic, professional, service, and leadership development.
  • Exhibit consistent good judgment, discipline, and integrity in their pursuits and activities.
  • Participate with the growing and supportive cohort of Matelich Scholars and become involved with the selection process of future scholars.
  • Write a report at the conclusion of each academic year detailing their work and pursuits of the prior year as they relate to their qualifications for the Matelich Scholarship and as they relate to their goals for growth for the year.

The university is committed to supporting Matelich Scholars during their enrollment at Puget Sound. The scholarship’s faculty advisor works with each scholar to ensure that she or he is pursuing and attaining the scholar’s ambitious academic, professional, and service/leadership goals. At the start of each semester, the advisor and scholar review goals for the period and set appropriate achievement benchmarks. The advisor reviews with each student his or her annual report before the beginning of the academic year.

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8. When do I find out if I’m a finalist?

Applicants will be notified of their status in February.

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9. What is included in a finalist’s interview day?

Finalists will interview with the Matelich Scholarship Committee, a committee made up of members of the faculty and staff. Finalists will stay overnight on campus with current students. They will attend classes and meet with members of the Puget Sound community (faculty, staff, students).

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10. What if I can’t come to campus on the interview day?

In rare cases, the Matelich Scholarship Selection Committee can arrange an alternate interview date. However, it is preferred that finalists interview on the designated interview day.

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