Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Class of 2016 Impact and Diversity Scholarship

The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center is pleased to announce the inaugural year of the Class of 2016 Impact and Diversity Scholarship. This year’s scholarship recipient will be selected based on the strength of a proposed or in progress community engagement effort that celebrates and promotes diversity and encourages student involvement.


Each year University of Washington seniors collaboratively decide upon a gift that will leave a legacy that honors their graduating class and its values. In 2016, the class decided to create a fund that would provide funding for students who were making positive changes in the UW community and the greater Seattle area in ways that foster diversity and encourage student involvement. Given the Carlson Center’s rich history of community engagement, and on-going commitment to equity, the Class of 2016 selected the Carlson Center to administer this funding.

Selection Timeline

  • Applications will be released no later than April 9, 2021
  • Applications will be due no later than May 14, 2021
  • Finalists will be invited to interview on May 21, 2021


In addition to a monetary award of $2,000 for the summer, the Class of 2016 Scholar will also supported through workshops and advising with a graduate student mentor.


  • Active engagement in your project in Summer, 2021 OR actively planning a project to begin no later than Autumn, 2021
  • Enrolled in Summer Quarter, 2021 classes and/or enrolled in both Spring Quarter and Autumn Quarter 2021 classes at the University of Washington.
  • Willing to schedule and complete a site visit to your organization with a Carlson Center staff member
  • Attendance at Carlson Center Undergraduate Community Based Internship, Scholarship & Fellowship Group Meetings once per week during summer term (day of week and time to be determined)
  • Willing to present on your project experiences and associated learning at a small event the week of August 16-20 (date TBD)

Deadline to Apply

Applications for the Class of 2016 Impact and Diversity Scholarship are due on Friday, May 14th by 11:59 pm.

Application Instructions

The online application may be accessed via this link 

Prior to entering the catalyst survey, applicants are encouraged to review the questions below.

  • Why are you interested in serving your community?
  • How do you define the community you are working within?
  • What project do you seek to engage in or plan for during the summer of 2021?
    • How does this project celebrate and promote diversity?
    • How will you engage other students in this work?
    • How do you hope to make your community different through this project?
  • How will your project be sustained at the end of the scholarship funding period?
  • How is your project and community-based experience tied to your educational goals at the University of Washington?
  • How will this project contribute to your personal and professional goals?

Questions? Email Rachel Vaughn, director, Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center,