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 and need-based scholarships, visit the Student Financial Aid website.

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Sophia Carey receives Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke provides funding for graduate studies in the humanities. Carey plans to study how community-based theater can bring about material and political change.

More about Carey

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Three UW juniors named Truman Scholars

Congrats to Truman Scholars Naomi See, Andre Jimenez and Chanise Jackson. The Truman funds grad school for leaders driven to make change at the policy level.

Truman Scholars

 

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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CELE Fellowships

Community Engagement and Leadership Education fellowships offer funding for students who are committed to making public service part of their academic experience.

CELE Fellowships

 

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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 Community Based Internships

Undergraduates in this paid internship program are placed in nonprofit and public sector organizations. Students interested in public service get the chance to explore, contribute and grow as they work in, with and for local communities.

UCBI

 

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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


  • Graphic design internship opportunity

    August 19, 2021

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Internship description Undergraduate Academic Affairs seeks a graphic design intern to join the communications team in the Dean’s Office for fall, winter and spring quarters of the 2021-22 academic year and help tell the story of the UW undergraduate academic experience as it connects to UAA programs and initiatives. This is an opportunity for an…

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  • UAA seeks student digital media producer

    August 16, 2021

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs seeks a digital media producer (undergraduate or graduate student) to join the communications team in the Dean’s Office and help tell the story of the UW undergraduate academic experience, particularly as it connects to UAA programs and initiatives. This work brings the digital media producer deeper insight into the opportunities available to…

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  • A subject to love, a determination to speak her truth

    June 11, 2021

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    The diagnosis came on her first day of fall quarter. Cancer. Maha Alhomoud, newly arrived from Saudi Arabia had two options: Return home for treatment or stay in Seattle, attend the University of Washington and receive cancer treatment in the states. Maha Alhomoud at the UN General Assembly as a youth delegate for Saudi Arabia…

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