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Scholarships

The following are four scholarships that provide community college transfer students with opportunities to fund their transfer to the University of Washington. The information on this page is provided by Mona Pitre-Collins, Director, Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.

The Martin Family Foundation

The Martin Family Foundation offers financial awards to community college students interested in eventually obtaining bachelors’ degrees from the University of Washington- Seattle. If you are considering an application to UW, you may qualify for one of the following:

  • Martin Achievement Scholarship – Funding for students continuing on at the community college for the 2015-16 academic year to complete associates degree or additional credits, transferring to the UW summer/fall 2016. Scholarship is $5,000 for the 2015-16 academic year at the community college and up to $12,000 per year for three years of undergraduate support at the UW. Scholarship is open to students attending the following Washington State Community Colleges: Bellevue, Cascadia, Edmonds , Everett , Grays Harbor, Green River, Highline, North Seattle, Olympic, Peninsula, Pierce, Seattle Central, Shoreline, South Seattle or Tacoma Community College pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. Application Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015
  • Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship – For student transferring summer/fall 2015. The scholarship is open to students who are currently attending or are recent graduates of all 36 Washington State Community & Technical Colleges pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. Scholarship is $12,000 for up to three years for completion of an undergraduate baccalaureate degree. Application Deadline: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Application procedures include a written application and personal interview. Multiple Martin Scholarships are awarded each year. Visit the Martin Family Foundation Scholarships website for more information.

Washington NASA Space Grant Community College Transfer Scholarships

Application must be postmarked by March 2015 (date to be determined)

Washington NASA Space Grant Community College Transfer Scholarships are awarded to promising community college students planning to transfer to the University of Washington to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. These scholarships are based on academic achievement, personal essays, recommendations and future academic promise.

Applications are open to community college transfer students who will be entering the University of Washington in Autumn Quarter 2015. Community college transfer students who entered UW in Winter or Spring Quarter of 2015 are also eligible to apply.

Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000, and are awarded for one year at a time. Recipients may apply for renewal for an additional year, depending on availability of funding and providing that they maintain program requirements for their majors and a satisfactory GPA.

To be eligible, scholarship applicants must:

  • Be a resident of Washington state
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Have applied to transfer to UW or transferred into UW either Winter or Spring Quarter 2014
  • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics

Finalist interviews will be conducted in late March and notification of awards will be made in early May

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

National Deadline: Two-Phase Application Process. Phase one - End of November -- Students will apply directly to the Foundation for consideration. This includes a recommendation from a community college faculty. Phase two – If you are selected as a semifinalist based on the Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process, including a second recommendation and financial information.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year to each of approximately 75 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

Each award is intended to cover a significant share of the student’s educational expenses – including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees – for the final two to three years necessary to achieve a bachelor’s degree. Awards vary by individual, based on the cost of tuition as well as other grants or scholarships he or she may receive.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a current student at an accredited U.S. community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2013, or a recent graduate (since spring 2009).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2014.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate significant unmet financial need. We will consider applicants with family income up to $95,000. However, we anticipate that a majority of scholarship recipients will be eligible to receive a Pell grant.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

While the Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, successful applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

For more information, please contact the designated Faculty Representative at your school.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

National Deadline for Morris K. Udall -- March 3, 2015 (Note: institutional deadlines may be earlier. Please check with your faculty representative.)

In 2014, the Foundation awarded 50 Udall scholarships of up to $5000 and 50 honorable mentions to sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. They will offer a similar number in the next application cycle in 2015.

Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:

  • Students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
  • Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.

The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics. Be a matriculated sophomore or junior-level student at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education, pursuing a bachelor's or associate's degree during the 2015-2016 academic year.

  • "Sophomore" is defined as a student who has completed at least one year of full-time undergraduate study and intends at least two more years of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2015.
  • "Junior" is defined as a student who intends at least one more year of full-time undergraduate study beginning in fall 2015.
  • Students may apply for funding in both their sophomore and junior years; 3rd time applicants, however, will not be eligible.