Private outside scholarships are a great way to help you with your college expenses. We strongly encourage all students to research and apply for these scholarships. The following resources are meant to provide you with a starting place in your search for private scholarships.
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Outside scholarships will be applied to any remaining unmet financial need. If your need has already been met with other federal, state, or Puget Sound need-based aid, additional scholarships will result in your need-based aid being reduced. Reductions occur in the following order: loan assistance, work study, and finally Puget Sound grant assistance. Puget Sound grant programs are need-based awards and will be reduced in a financial aid package if the total amount of all scholarships combined with the grant assistance exceeds financial need.
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Fred G. Zahn Scholarship
Eligible students must have graduated from a Washington State high school, have resided in Washington State for at least 6 months, and demonstrate financial need. Bank of America serves as Trustee. Twelve $1,500 scholarship awards will be given out for 2021-2022. Scholarship application will close March 31, 2021.
Greater Seattle Business Association Scholarship Fund
GSBA awards educational scholarships to LGBTQ and straight-ally students who are committed to making a difference in the world. Their scholarships range up to $13,000 annually and are meant to provide significant support for student's educational goals.
Horatio Alger Association - Honeywell Scholarship
The Horatio Alger Honeywell Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students who are pursuing degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).
Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW)
Thanks to the generous contributions of donors, ICW is able to provide scholarships to students attending independent member colleges. Some of the scholarships are focused on major, others on community service or place of residence.
Leadership 1000 Scholarship
Funded by individuals, foundations and businesses that provide opportunities to Washington State residents who demonstrate financial need.
Phi Beta Kappa Public Service Scholarship
The Key into Public Service program awards 20 $5,000 undergraduate scholarships for liberal arts graduates pursuing rewarding careers in public service. The Society invites applications from students majoring in arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences or social sciences with a GPA of 3.5 or higher who expect to graduate in between 10/1/2021 and 8/1/2023. Phi Beta Kappa membership is not required to apply. U.S. citizenship is also not required. The scholarship application will close Jan. 23, 2021.
RISE Financial Progress Scholarship
The RISE Financial Progress Scholarship awards five $3,000 scholarships each year to students who demonstrate a desire to improve their financial knowledge and educate others about personal finance. Students complete a 1 hour online financial education course, compose a 750 word essay, and submit a letter of recommendation. Application deadline is May 3, 2021 or until 1,000 applications are submitted, whichever is first.
Since it was founded in 1958, Scholarship America has distributed $4 billion to more than 2.4 million students under the guidance of its nonprofit mission “to mobilize America through scholarships and other educational support to make post-secondary success possible for all.”
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Sinclair Broadcast Diversity Scholarship Fund
The Sinclair Broadcast Diversity Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 to provide financial support to college students interested in broadcasting, journalism, and marketing. The Fund plans to award up to 10 scholarships of up to $5,000 each per year from under-represented minority groups who need financial assistance to complete their education, carry a minimum 2.5 GPA, and are a current sophomore or junior. The scholarship application deadline is March 28, 2021.
Trinity Education Foundation
Trinity Education Foundation provides scholarships to students at Christian colleges to foster academic success and to inspire vocational development reflecting the values of love, justice, and healing for the sake of the world. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $10,000 and include mentoring. The scholarship application period is open Jan. 1, 2021 to March 31, 2021.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Washington state residents who demonstrate financial need and plan to earn their bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health care are eligible to apply by Feb. 11, 2021.
Washington Student Achievement Council - American Indian Endowed Scholarship
The American Indian Endowed Scholarship helps financially needy students with close social and cultural ties to a Washington State American Indian community pursue a college education. Funding is prioritized for upper-division and graduate students. Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 and 15 students are selected each year. Application period is open Dec. 1 to March 1 for the following academic year.
Washington Women in Need
Washington state female residents who meet financial criteria are eligible to apply for a $5,000 education grant.
Women in Transportation Scholarships
$5,000 scholarships are open to women enrolled in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance, logistics, etc. Application deadline is Jan. 4, 2021.
Make scholarship searching simple by creating a profile that will match you with a number of scholarships for which you are most likely to qualify. Applying online is easy. There are over 200 scholarship providers offering more than $46 million to be matched with scholarship seekers.
United Methodist Higher Education Foundation
The United Methodist Higher Education Foundation is a national foundation based in Nashville, Tennessee. UMHEF provides scholarship aid for United Methodist students attending the over 100 United Methodist-related institutions. Application period is open Jan. 1 to March 1 for the following academic year.