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Scholarships at UW-Seattle

The University of Washington-Seattle has many scholarship opportunities available to incoming freshmen and transfer students as well as continuing students. We provided about $25 million in scholarships to about 3000 of our undergraduate students in the past year. These scholarships cover a wide scope of academic pursuits, musical and athletic talents as well as community service and research activities. Our scholarship programs are highly competitive as we have more talented students than we have scholarship funds. You'll want to explore the opportunities below and see if one is right for you!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received at the federal processor by February 28 to apply for the scholarships below.

No advance application is required for these awards except for the FAFSA. However, if you are considered for a scholarship, we may request additional information.

Academic Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of undergraduate students who are legal residents of Washington state. Approximately 900 awards from privately donated funds are given each year to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and financial need. The funds come from private gifts to the university by individuals, groups or companies. The scholarship may be named for the donor or the person in whose memory the donation was made. Our office awards these scholarships each year to incoming freshmen and transfer students as well as continuing students. The typical scholarship is $4000 per year.

UW Undergraduate Academic Excellence Awards are awarded to a limited number of undergraduates each year, with tuition waiver awards up to $4000 per year. Students must be Washington residents and demonstrate financial need.

Scholarships for U.S. Non-Residents

The Purple and Gold Scholarship is only for U.S. Students (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees and undocumented residents) who are not residents of Washington state and who will attend the UW Seattle campus. It assumes that recipients are not, nor will become, residents of the state of Washington during the next four academic years. Selection, by the Office of Admissions, is predominately academic, but also incorporates activities, achievements, leadership and socio-economic factors. the 2014-15 Purple and Gold Scholarships ranged from $4000 to $9000 per year. The scholarship, which is not need-based, is renewable for four years as long as the recipient maintains good academic standing. For more details see

All admitted U.S. non-resident applicants are automatically considered for the Purple and Gold Scholarship based on their admission application. No other application, including the FAFSA is required. You will be notified by letter in mid-March from the Office of Admission if you are selected as a recipient.

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards works with students who are currently enrolled at the University of Washington. However, there is limited information available for prospective incoming students. If you are planning to attend the UW, you will want to familiarize yourself with this office and the resources offered.

University Departmental Scholarships

The University also offers scholarship programs awarded through the Honors Department, Washington NASA Space Grant and many of our academic departments. Some of these scholarships are available to non-resident students or are not need-based and do not require filing the FAFSA. The UW Honors Program and the Washington NASA Space Grant Program do require an application to be admitted into their programs. Please visit the following sites for more information. If you don't see your academic department listed below, please check with that department directly for scholarship information. These scholarships may have different deadlines throughout the year.

Non-UW Need-Based Scholarships

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