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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UW sophomore Jonathan Kwong awarded selective Udall Scholarship

Sophomore Jonathan Kwong was recently named a Udall Scholar in 2022. Kwong is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and resource management with a minor in oceanic and Pacific Islander studies.


More about Kwong

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UW grad Daniel Chen named prestigious Marshall Scholar

Daniel Chen graduated last spring with majors in microbiology and informatics, and will be pursuing a master’s degree in biological sciences and genomic medicine and conducting genomic medicine research at the Sanger Institute at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Marshall Scholar


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 for identifying 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 and paid opportunities

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, jobs 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 academic success coaches, CLUE tutors and CLUE front desk managers.

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 and civic leadership development 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 college and career readiness assistants and mentorship coordinator interns.

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 Honors students. Scholarships include funding for tuition, international programs and access to experiential learning opportunities.

Honors Program Scholarships

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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.



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Office of Undergraduate Research

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

Find research funding

Scholarship stories

  • A boundless connection

    June 14, 2024

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    For Kavin ‘Ken’ Srinakarin, ’24, it all began in the Forest Club Room of Anderson Hall. Amid the serenity of evergreens, he and his fellow research assistants at the Human Interaction with Nature and Technological Systems (HINTS) Lab gathered every Friday to discuss scales, factor analysis and connect through shared experiences in nature.

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  • Wen Eckelberg selected as scholar for China’s Yenching Academy

    May 28, 2024

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Wen Eckelberg, '24, an undergraduate at the University of Washington, was recently chosen for the competitive Yenching Academy Scholars program at Peking University.

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  • Arts, humanities and sciences unite at 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

    May 28, 2024

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    The 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium showcased a diverse array of more than 1,200 student presenters, including nearly 200 UW Honors Program students, representing an impressive spectrum of majors, research projects, fellowship and scholarship awardees.

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