Undergraduate Academic Affairs

Scholarships and funding

Applying for scholarships is about more than simply applying to scholarships. It encourages and challenges students to think about their academic experience at the UW and  how they want to make an enduring impact in the world. Through the application process, students develop skills that will extend far beyond the application — clarifying and articulating goals, learning to find funding that matches their interests and cultivating relationships. These are skills that students will take forward as alumni, whether applying for graduate school, project funding, grants or launching their own business.

What you’ll find here: Scholarship advising and funding opportunities // UAA programs that offer funding // Scholarship stories

To learn about more types of financial aid, including scholarships and funding not associated with UAA programs, visit the Student Financial Aid website.

 

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Udall Scholars focused on environmental justice

Helen Ganahl and Cece Hoffman recognized by the Udall Foundation.
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Data: 675+ students participated in 70+ scholarship workshops and info sessions in 2018-19.

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Students find a number of ways to learn how to be competitive for scholarships that will help them meet their goals.
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Scholarship advising and funding opportunities

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Mary Gates Endowment for Students

Mary Gates Endowment scholarships enable students to pursue original research or leadership projects, or participate in the CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Scholars summer program. Undergraduates carry out their own projects and work closely with a mentor to guide their work, helping them become independent learners, scholars, innovators and community leaders.

Mary Gates Endowment

 

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Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

A resource for UW undergraduate students and alumni in developing the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships that fit their goals. Advisers mentor students through the scholarship application process by offering individual feedback, resources, and advising to support students in developing competitive applications.

Merit Scholarships

UAA programs that offer funding

UW undergraduates are thinking and learning about some of today’s most perplexing and pressing issues. The chance to animate their classroom knowledge in a real world setting broadens students’ understanding of these challenges. Students and alumni often describe the rigorous inquiry, community engagement and reflection that comes with these experiences as transformative. To make these opportunities accessible to a broader range of students, several UAA programs offer scholarships, internships or other paid positions — see the list below and learn more.

 

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Academic Support Programs

The Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment (CLUE) offers free, peer tutoring to all UW students. Paid positions include front desk managers, drop-in tutors, student success coaches and discussion session leaders.

Academic Support Programs

 

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Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

The Carlson Center is the UW’s center for service-based learning. They offer several fellowships, scholarships and financial awards to recognize and support students in community-based service and leadership projects.

Carlson Center

 

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Dream Project

UW undergraduates mentor students at under-resourced middle and high schools to support them in planning for life after high school, including college access. Paid positions include high school leads, college and career readiness assistants and lecture leads.

Dream Project

 

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First Year Programs

First Year Programs offers several paid leadership roles for current students to help incoming students succeed at the UW. These include orientation leaders, student assistants and coordinators.

First Year Programs

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Honors Program

The Honors Program offers a range of scholarships to incoming and current students. Honors administers the Bonderman Fellowship, which funds up to eight months of solo travel and is open to all UW students.

Honors Program Scholarships

 

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Jumpstart

Through Jumpstart, UW students prepare and deliver language and social-emotional programming in preschool classrooms that serve children and families from under-resourced communities. Federal Workstudy paid positions, course credit and education awards are available upon completion of program.

Join Jumpstart

 

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Undergraduate Advising

UAA peer advisers support the advising team on drop-in advising. They receive extensive training in advising work, and work with students on major exploration, course registration, accessing academic resources, problem solving and decision making.

Peer Advisers

 

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Undergraduate Research Program

The Undergraduate Research Program manages select scholarships, conference travel support and funded summer research experiences.Undergraduate Research Program advisers are available to help students learn more about obtaining funding to support their engagement in research.

Find research funding

Scholarship stories


  • University of Washington junior Virginia Burton receives prestigious Truman Scholarship

    April 15, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Congratulations to University of Washington junior, Virginia Burton, for being selected for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. A highly competitive award, only 62 students were selected  from more than 773 nominations. The scholarship recognizes future leaders driven to make change at the policy level. Students are selected based on outstanding leadership, demonstrated civic engagement, academic potential…

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  • Three UW students named Goldwater scholars for 2020

    March 31, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Congratulations Keyan Gootkin, Parker Ruth and Karen Zhang, UW's newest Goldwater Scholars.UW News The Goldwater Foundation honored three University of Washington students this year with its undergraduate scholarship for students studying the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Undergraduates Keyan Gootkin, Parker Ruth and Karen Zhang were selected for the award from a pool of more…

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  • 2018–19 President’s Medalists announced

    January 30, 2020

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    The President’s Medalist Award celebrates the top student in each undergraduate class. Selected by a committee for their high GPA, rigor of their classes and number of Honors courses, the recipients for the 2018–19 academic year come from a broad range of disciplines. Junior medalist Renee Zhang is preparing for a career in medicine with…

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