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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The UW is a Fulbright top producer

The University of Washington is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2020-2021 Fulbright  students.
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Data: 675+ students participated in 70+ scholarship workshops and info sessions in 2018-19.

Scholarship lists and guides

Check out lists of scholarships curated by focus, including STEM, arts and humanities, international opportunities and more.
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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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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


  • UW junior awarded selective Goldwater Scholarship

    March 26, 2021

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Congratulations to University of Washington junior Daniel Chen, whom the Goldwater Foundation honored with its undergraduate scholarship for students studying the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. Chen, who is majoring in informatics and microbiology, is one of 410 undergraduate students selected for the award from a pool of 1,256 students nominated by 438 institutions across…

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  • The UW is a Fulbright top producer for the 2020-21 school year 

    March 24, 2021

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    The University of Washington made the Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of the top Fulbright producing institutions. The UW has received this application eight out of the past ten years. Almost 600 U.S. higher-education institutions participate in the Fulbright program and the program’s participants work in more than 140 countries around the world.  Twenty-four UW…

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  • Husky Stories show there are many, many ways to be a Husky

    February 12, 2021

    Undergraduate Academic Affairs

    Each and every Husky goes through their own journey, undergoes their own unique experiences and, most importantly, has their very own story to share. Husky Stories is a mini-series in which Huskies share their successes, failures, experiences — their stories. There is no one way to be a Husky. Indeed, the culmination of individuals' stories…

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