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Scholarships & Financial Aid

The Scholarship and Financial Aid Handbook provides financial aid information and scholarship resources, including criteria and deadlines of scholarships. This allows you to create a timeline of scholarships you wish to apply for and to identify common requirements of scholarships, such as letter of recommendations. Online Scholarships & Financial Aid handbook will be available for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Scholarship Resources: Create a profile that you continually update to be matched with scholarships. 
RaiseMe- Start as early as 9th grade and earn scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school, including for volunteering and taking the PSAT! The colleges include nearly 300 campuses across the country, including these Washington schools: Martin's University, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, The Evergreen State College, Whitman College, and Whitworth University. Visit the website for more information and start earning today! Learn about RaiseMe

Scholarships available A-Z

(Please check for application deadlines and submission process)

BBB Torch Talk Scholarship

Write a 500-word essay for BBB's online magazine, and if its chosen you win! For more information visit BBB Torch Talk Scholarship for important deadlines, application process, eligibility, and more.

BBB5K Video Scholarship

Do you like to produce video's? The scholarship application requires you producing your own 90 second video... visit #BBB5K Video Scholarship for more information about the application process, important deadlines, and more!

Bellevue College Foundation Scholarship

All BC Foundation scholarships are to be used at BC only and can be applied to tuition, fees and, in some cases, books. To be considered for the BC Foundation Scholarship students must:
o    Plan to attend, or currently be attending Bellevue College.
o    Maintain a minimum 2.00 or above cumulative high school GPA through fall quarter/semester, if applying as a high school senior.
o    Maintain a minimum 2.00 or above cumulative college GPA through fall quarter/semester, if applying as a college student.
o    Some Foundation scholarships require a student to be enrolled full time, but others do not.  Full time enrollment is considered 12 or more credits per quarter.
o    Submit an unofficial transcript that includes fall 2018 grades
o    Request a recommender to complete the recommendation process by completing the Recommendation Form and include a letter of reference

Visit the Bellevue College Foundation Scholarship page for more information.

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. This year, BAM will award two $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable, so winners who continue to meet the criteria can receive an annual $5,000 award for up to four years.

Past application due date:  March 8, 2019. New due date TBD

Career and Technical Scholarship

The CTS scholarship was created to help fill trade, health care, and STEM workforce shortages around our state. The scholarship provides $1,500 in flexible scholarship funding for students attending community and technical colleges. 
Students can use these funds to pursue an associate degree, certificate, or apprenticeship from one of Washington's 34 community and technical colleges. We are building pathways to the careers our state needs most such as nursing, welding, and information technology; nearly 1,000 trade, health care of STEM programs are eligible for CTS funding across Washington state. 
Past application due date: July 12, 2019 at 11:59. New due date TBD

Please note: applications for the CTS are accepted three times each academic year. Approximately half of the scholarships are awarded for the fall, with the other half awarded between the winter and spring.

Careers that Work Scholarships (CTW)

Are you attending one of these participating schools? Talk to you Career Center Specialists. This scholarship program allows the high school to award up to five $1,000 one-time scholarships for participating schools.

CIE/USA- Seattle Asian Pacific American (APA) Youth Scholarship Application

The purpose of this scholarship is to get APA students interested in STEM career fields. There are 6 different award categories.
Past application due date: Scholarship online submission and recommendation letter are due June 23, 2019 at 5pm (PDT). More information about scholarship and how to apply
New due date TBD

College Bound Scholarship

College Bound students must keep their contact information up to date in order to receive their scholarships without any delays and to receive important updates about their financial rewards.
Students may call 888-535-0747, Option 1 to update thier information or contact them via email at Contact College Bound .
Students may also contact them if they believe they applied for the scholarship but are not on the school's list of students to receive the College Bound Scholarship.
Information on College Bound Scholarship

Cougar Commitment

This need-based program pays full tuition and required fees, and is renewable for up to four years.
Information on Cougar Commitment Scholarship

HITEC Foundation Scholarship

Candidates for the HITEC Foundation Scholarship Application should meet the following requirements:

  • Be of Hispanic heritage - at least one parent has to be of Hispanic descent
  • A graduating high school senior or current college student
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Major in a technology field
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident

Past application due date:  March 1, 2019. New due date TBD
Information on HITEC Foundation Scholarship


Husky Promise

The University of Washington is promising financially challenged students a future.
Information on Husky Promise Scholarship

Journey Scholar Award

The 3rd annual Scholar Award is being awarded to the graduating seniors from the class of 2019! The scholarship application needs to be completed and submitted. Then a letter of recommendation from a coach, teacher, or mentor needs to be emailed . For more details visit their website.
The 4th annual Scholar Award application is not yet available. New due date TB

Lotus Scholarship

The Lotus Scholarship Program is for students who are refugees or immigrants under the age of 21 who are pursuing a post-secondary education. For more information, eligibility requirements, and important deadline visit Lotus Scholarship.

Microsoft disAbility Scholarship

The disAbility Scholarship at Microsoft delivers on the mission of Microsoft’s cross disability employee resource group to empower and enable people with disabilities. This scholarship enables high school students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. In addition, we hope to contribute to increasing the pool of persons living with a disability enrolling in higher education and, in the long term, decrease the unemployment bias for this demographic.
This scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and have a financial need. The amount of this renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 per year, up to $20,000 total, which is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office.
Past application due date: March 1, 2019. New due date TBD

Renton Regional Community Foundation Scholarships

Over $70,000 in scholarship funds are available thanks to the Renton Regional Community Foundation each year. Explore the list of scholarships and determine which scholarships you are eligible for online at:
Be sure to follow the specific instructions given for each scholarship.
The Allied Arts of Renton Fund Scholarship (for ages 12-19) Past application due date: March 1, 2019. New due date TBD
All other scholarships past application due date: April 15th, 2019. New due date TBD
Information on Renton Regional Community Foundation Scholarships

Rotary Club of Renton Scholarship

The Rotary Club of Renton is offering four $3,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. A senior student from each of the high schools will be chosen to receive this award. Typed applications are due to your Career Center no later than (Past application due date): March 1, 2019.

Scholarship amount for the 2019-2020 to be determined. New due date for applications also TBD.

For more information about the scholarship, eligibility requirements, and to access the application please visit your Career Center Specialist. For information about the Rotary Club of Renton visit their website

STEM Scholarship 2019

Western Environmental Liner is a leading provider of geomembranes for industrial, commercial and government applications.  Innovation is key to our industry, and we recognize the importance of STEM education in producing the next generation of technological innovators.  

To encourage more students to pursue degrees is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we are proud to offer our 2019 Scholarship Program. To be eligible for this scholarship opportunity you must be a senior and interested in studying STEM. To apply, explain in 500-1,000 words why you choose to purse a STEM degree.

For full details, visit their 2019 private scholarship program website.

Past application due date: April 30, 2019. Past application due date: 

The WashBoard

A free scholarship search making it easier for Washington Students to efficiently find and apply for relevant scholarships.

Information on The Washboard Scholarship

Triple- Impact Competitor Scholarships

PCA awards scholarships of $500-$2,000 to high school athletes, based on their responses to questions pertaining to how they meet the standard defined in Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor by PCA Founder Jim Thompson

Personal Mastery: Making oneself better
Leadership: Making one's teammates better
Honoring the Game: Making the game better.
Eligibility extends to any high school junior residing anywhere in the U.S. and playing for a high school team or in club sports!

Information on Triple Impact Competitor Scholarships

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS)

Removing barriers. Championing students. Launching professionals!

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income Washington students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

WSOS awards scholarships to seniors interested in studying STEM/Healthcare at a college in Washington. So, if you’re even considering studying STEM/Healthcare, apply to this scholarship! If you change your mind, after you begin your studies, you will not be penalized. This means you have nothing to lose, but up $22,500 to gain!!!

Application Milestones Dates
Past application due date: February 11:59 pm. New due date TBD
Financial Aid Past application due date: March 4. New due date TBD
Official Transcript Past Postmark date: March 4. New due date TBD

To have your high school mail your Official Transcript by February 26, within the WSOS application, you must indicate to share your information with your high school. Your high school will only be notified that you’ve started or completed your application.

For more information about this scholarship, ask your Career Center Specialist.

Online Scholarships

Somali Student Association of UW Seattle will award two students a scholarship worth $500-$1,000. Past application due date: June 1. New due date TBD. 

For information regarding this scholarship, visit their website.

College Application Resource Links

Common Application (“Common App”) 
Common Black College Application 
Coalition For College Access 
Washington State Community and Technical Colleges (check individual schools/specific degree programs/pathways for specific application instructions)

Some scholarships are available in hard copies, see your Career Center Specialists in the Career Center for more information.