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Matelich Scholarship FAQ

  1. What kind of students are you looking for?
  2. I am interested in both the Lillis and Matelich Scholarships. Can I apply to be considered for both?
  3. How do I apply? When is the deadline?
  4. Can I still be considered under Puget Sound's test-optional policy for admission?
  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. I am interested in both the Lillis and Matelich Scholarships. Can I apply to be considered for both?

Applicants for first-year admission can apply to be considered for the Lillis Foundation Scholarship, the Matelich Scholarship, or both.

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3. What is included in the application?

To be considered for the Matelich Scholarship, candidates must submit the following by Dec. 15:

  1. complete application for admission to Puget Sound, which includes:
    • Common Application
    • A $60 Application Fee
    • School report (including official transcripts and a counselor evaluation)
    • A Teacher Evaluation
    • Official Test Score Report (SAT or ACT) and if applicable, Test-Optional Application Questions
  2. A complete Matelich Scholarship Application

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4. Can I still be considered under Puget Sound's test-optional policy for admission?

Yes, if you are eligible, you can submit two short essay questions instead of SAT or ACT scores for your admission application. However, standardized test scores are required for Matelich Scholarship consideration, even if you have applied as a Test-Optional Candidate. Please be assured that if you elect to be reviewed under our test-optional policy, your scores will used solely by the scholarship committee and will not be factored into the evaluation of your admission application.

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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. First-year 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, and 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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