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.
Colleges that Change Lives Scholarship
The Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship was established in 2016 to honor the first edition of Loren Pope's classic book and the 10th anniversary of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives. CTCL will award two $4,000 scholarships ($1,000 per year for 4 years) to a current high school senior. The Application period closes each year in late March. The University of Puget Sound is proud to be a College That Changes Lives member school.
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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 2023-24. Scholarship application will close March 15, 2023.
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. The GSBA Scholarship Fund and Pride Foundation scholarship applications open every year on October 11 (Coming Out Day) and close on the second Friday of January.
Horatio Alger Association
As one of the nation's largest need-based scholarship programs, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. The undergraduate application is available annually from December 1 to March 15.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Every year, HSF selects 10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants. Scholars are selected based on merit and award amounts range from $500-$5,000, based on relative need. Students must be of Hispanic heritage with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and file a FAFSA. Open to entering freshman, continuing students, and graduate students. Application period closes February 15th each year.
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. Application period closes mid-April each year.
Kaiser Permanente Health Equity Scholarship
$5,000 scholarship opportunity for students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing clinical (e.g. pharmacist, physician practitioner, nurse) or non-clinical (e.g. accounting, business administration, human resources, marketing, public policy) career in the healthcare industry. Eligible students are current high school seniors who will first attend college in Fall 2023. High school seniors must have a 2.5 GPA or higher. The application is available annually from January 1 to February 8.
Leadership 1000 Scholarship
The Leadership 1000 Scholarship awards funding to high school seniors attending eligible high schools or students enrolled in CSF's College Services who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a Washington state college or university. The Scholarship is renewable and available in amounts up to $5,000 per academic year for students who demonstrate financial need. Scholars receive career and financial aid guidance as well as networking opportunities with CSF Alumni and scholarship donors to ensure they graduate with a college degree and achieve success in life. The Application is available annually from December 1 to January 31.
Phi Beta Kappa Public Service Scholarship
The Key into Public Service program awards $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. Phi Beta Kappa membership is not required to apply. U.S. citizenship is also not required. Application period is open annually between November 1 and late January.
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 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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Sea Mar Scholarships
Since 1998, Sea Mar has been committed to helping students who face economic barriers by providing scholarships in order for them to go to college, accomplish their goals, and succeed in life. Sea Mar will be awarding $1,000 scholarships to students who are of migrant or seasonal farm worker backgrounds. In addition to this, Sea Mar offers $2,500 scholarships to students who demonstrate a history of advocacy, responsibility, accountability, and perseverance. The money can be used to cover expenses wile you're enrolled in college such as tuition, food, housing, books, etc! Funding opportunities for incoming freshman, undergraduate students, and graduate students. Application period is open annually between February 1 and April 30.
Sinclair Broadcast Diversity Scholarship Fund
The Sinclair Broadcast Diversity Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 to provide financial support to college students interested in broadcast, digital journalism, or marketing. The Fund plans to award scholarships of up to $5,000 to qualifying and deserving students 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 April 30, 2023.
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 December 1, 2022 to March 1, 2023.
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. 28, 2023.
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. Applications will be accepted online starting January 5, 2023 until the deadline of 11:59 pm PT on April 13, 2023.
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 March 10, 2023.
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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.