The University of Washington supports and recognizes student public service and leadership work through several fellowship and scholarship programs. The Carlson Center directly administers the following Fellowships & Awards:
Designed for incoming students, Ellis Fellows are selected on the basis of financial need, dedication towards service, personal growth, and leadership development, and ability to make a 4-year commitment toward fulfilling Fellowship expectations. Ellis Fellows are selected during Autumn Quarter and awarded annual scholarships throughout four years, growing from $2,000 to $4,000.
The Carlson Civic Fellowship is a year-long intensive student leadership development fellowship that combines in-depth, engaged service with a local community organization with structured community-based leadership courses, leadership development training, and mentorship in a cohort of peers.
The Sterling and Gene Munro Public Service Fellowship encourages a life-long commitment to public service by providing students with support for a proposed public service initiative. This support includes a monetary award (between $2200 and $4500) and requires enrollment in at least one Carlson Center Community Based Leadership course in winter or spring quarter. Munro Fellows are selected at the end of Autumn quarter and are expected to be actively engaged in their public service project during Winter and Spring quarters.
Available to Junior or Senior undergraduate students, the Carlson Leadership Award recognizes individual students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, provided outstanding leadership in the community, and who are committed to continued creative civic participation with a $2500 scholarship and recognition at the annual Spring Celebration of Service and Leadership.
In addition to our directly administered programs, Carlson Center staff are involved with the selection of Mary Gates Leadership Scholars. Available once a year to eligible undergraduate students through a competitive and rich application process, these scholarships encourage students to develop their leadership abilities through an activity or project they are passionate about. Through practical experience, personal reflection, and community interaction with peers and mentors, Mary Gates Leadership Scholars expand their leadership capacity, developing confidence and useful skills. The scholarship award is $4,000, disbursed over two quarters in $2,000 increments.