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Scholarship Information and Resources for Undergrads

With so many new faces in advising offices across campus, including some of our own, along with some new resources and programming we’re offering, I wanted to share a bit of information about the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA). OMSFA supports UW undergraduate students in developing the skills and personal insights necessary to pursue scholarships appropriate to their goals. To do that, we offer workshops on different topics related to searching and applying competitively for scholarships, information sessions providing information about specific scholarship programs, and individual scholarship advising appointments for undergraduates and alumni at any stage, from just getting started to providing feedback on application drafts and scholarship interview prep. We’re also happy to visit classes or events you might be hosting to share scholarship information with students.

Over the summer, we launched a new website with information for students who may be on the scholarship hunt, for faculty and staff who engage with exciting students and are looking to support them, and more!

We also redesigned our scholarship database and search functions to hopefully make it easier for students to use. The database is publically available (no UW NetID required) so prospective students and others in our community are welcome to use it.

Both the website and the scholarship database are works in progress, with much information still to be added, so please do let us know if you are looking for information you can’t find, or if you come across scholarships that you think should be included in our database. We’re happy to build this community resource in ways that best serve all our students! But also recognizing that our scholarship database has its limitations, we’ve collected additional search tools that may provide students with a broader view (also happy to add to this list).

Upcoming sessions to share with students:

—  Curriculum Vitae Writing Workshop, Thursday, 10/20/16, 12:00pm, MGH 171

Develop your undergraduate CV for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume or a list of activities. RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/237, though drop-ins are welcome!

Approaching the Personal Statement, Thursday, 10/20/16, 4:30pm, MGH 171

This workshop will offer ideas on how to approach your personal statement writing and practical exercises to get you started. RSVP to attend at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/621, though drop-ins are welcome!

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Funding Opportunity: Udall Scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students and Environmental and Outdoor Leaders

Udall Foundation LogoThe Udall Foundation offers a prestigious scholarship for undergraduate sophomores and juniors in any major seeking careers in:

  • environmental fields, and
  • American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking careers in Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care.

Applicants who are leading change on campus or in their communities are strongly encouraged to apply! Please feel free to post/share the attached fliers and share the information below widely.

The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is a $7,000 scholarship awarded to 60 undergraduate sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to the environment, or pursuing careers related to Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care. Udall Scholars get to attend the Udall Scholar Orientation in August, meet alumni and community leaders for exceptional networking opportunities, and gain lifetime membership to a growing and active alumni network. For more information and to sign up for free informational webinars, visit us at udall.gov.

The Udall Foundation asks universities to nominate students to compete at the national level. Each UW campus is able to nominate up to 4 candidates in the environmental category and up to 4 candidates in the Tribal Public Policy and/or Native Health Care categories. To receive priority consideration for UW Seattle campus nomination, students are encouraged to submit our campus application by Dec. 2, 2016. Details about eligibility, the Seattle campus application process and online application form are available at http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/udall.

UW Seattle Information Sessions:

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Funding Events: October Scholarship Workshops

As fall kicks off, we are excited to share our October workshops & events with you and your students.  As usual, we are offering basic information sessions and workshops focused on supporting your students in both connecting to scholarship opportunities and being competitive for them.

New this quarter, we are dedicating one full week to scholarship basics.  October 24-28th is Getting Started with Scholarships Week. You’ll find a flyer detailing our focus week attached to this email and our full calendar, which includes all info sessions and events, on our website.

Without further ado, below is our list of October Workshops!

October Workshops: All workshops in MGH Suite 171.

Date Title Description Time
October 12 Scholarships 101 Introduction to searching and applying to scholarships 4:00 p.m.
October 18 Getting Great Recommendation Letters We’ll talk about letters, how to ask for them and how to follow up. 12:00 p.m.
October 19 Scholarships 201 We’ll discuss scholarship opportunities and timelines for continuing students. 4:00 p.m.
October 20 CV for Scholarships & Applications This workshop-information session hybrid will go through how to write a CV and offer time to work and receive feedback. 12:00 p.m.
October 20 Approaching the Personal Statement This workshop will offer ideas on how to approach your personal statement writing and practical exercises to get you started. 4:30 p.m.
October 24-28th Getting Started with Scholarships Week! Visit our webpage for times and events: http://expd.uw.edu/scholarships/workshops/events/ Check times online
October 26th Why Apply? Meet up Meet former scholarship applicants and advisors to discuss opportunities and tips. 4:00 p.m.

We also meet with students individually to talk through just about any academic application they are working on—please let them know we will happily meet with them to talk about their scholarship applications as well as admissions essays and grant proposals. Thanks for sharing!

Getting Started Flyer 2016

Funding Opportunity: Goldwater Scholarship & Sedlock Scholarship for Sophomores & Juniors Planning for Careers in STEM Research

Barry M GoldwaterThe UW campus application for students interested in seeking nomination for the Goldwater Scholarship is now available! Brief details are included here, and further information and application instructions are at http://expd.uw.edu/expo/scholarships/goldwater. Please find a flyer attached as well.

In 2016-17, UW’s Thomas Sedlock Icon Scholarship will also be awarded in connection with UW’s Goldwater Scholarship nominations. Any UW Goldwater nominees not awarded the Goldwater Scholarship will receive a Sedlock Icon Scholarship in the range of $3,000-$6,000. Sedlock Icon Scholarship award decisions will be made in early April, after final Goldwater Scholarship national selection decisions are announced.


The BARRY GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP is designed to attract outstanding students into research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit to students who are sophomores or juniors during the current academic year and who have excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in and potential for research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarship covers undergraduate eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board to a maximum of $7,500 per academic year.

UW DEADLINE for applications: November 13, 2016.

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Funding Opportunity: Mary Gates Endowment for Students

The Mary Gates Endowment for Students is currently accepting scholarship applications.  Mary Gates scholarships provide up to $5,000 ($2,500 per quarter for up to two quarters) for students to pursue leadership or research/creative/scholarly activities.  These scholarships benefit students in the current academic year, and are open to all UW undergraduates.  This includes students on all three UW campuses (Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma), in all disciplines and majors, in all class years (first-year through post-bac) and all residency statuses (including international and undocumented students)

Students can learn more about the scholarships and the application process at any of our upcoming information sessions and application-writing workshops.

Information Sessions (one or two sessions daily; select one session):*
Monday, Oct.3, 12:30-1:20 PM
Monday, Oct. 3, 3:30-4:20 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2:30-3:20 PM
Thursday, Oct. 6, 12:30-1:320 PM
Thursday, Oct. 6, 1:30-2:20 PM
Friday, Oct. 7, 1:30-2:20 PM

*Information Sessions listed above will be held on the Seattle campus in Mary Gates Hall (MGH) room 171-E, in the Center for Experiential Learning & Diversity (EXPD).  No registration necessary.

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Study Abroad Funding Opportunity: Gilman Scholarship (Applications Due: 10/04/16)

Gilman Scholarship LogoThe Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship application is now open.  This scholarship was created by the US Department of State to increase access to study or internships  abroad for students of high financial need.    To be eligible for this award, students must be receiving a Pell grant as part of their financial aid package at the time they apply.  This scholarship is open to all undergraduate majors.

Award amounts vary but students can receive up to $5,000.  Students planning to begin their study abroad programs between December 15, 2016 and April 15th 2017 should apply by October 4 2016.  This scholarship is one of the most accessible study abroad scholarships out there.   Students must be receiving college credit for their programs but only need to be abroad for a minimum of 28 consecutive days to be eligible.  In addition, the scholarship application does not require letters of recommendation.  More information about this scholarship and selection criteria can be found by clicking on the following link:   http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman-scholarship-program#.V73OHCgrKM8

The Global Opportunities office is here to support students throughout the entire application process.  Students interested in applying or who have additional questions can set up an appointment to meet with me by emailing goglobal@uw.edu.

Funding Opportunity: 2016 University of Washington Alumni Association Multicultural Alumni Partnership Scholarship (Application Deadline: 08/12/16)

University of Washington Alumni Association LogoUniversity of Washington Alumni Association
Multicultural Alumni Partnership
2016 Scholarship Application

The University of Washington Alumni Association (UWAA) Multicultural Alumni Partnership (MAP) awards scholarships to deserving University of Washington students who need financial assistance to assist with their progress toward a degree at the UW. Funding for these scholarships comes from contribution from UW alumni and friends as well as proceeds from the Bridging the Gap Breakfast held annually on Homecoming Saturday.

One of MAP’s missions is to promote the UW and the UWAA. It supports the recruitment of diverse students, faculty and staff and encourages appropriate mentoring activities.

Qualifications for MAP Scholarships:

  • Continuing UW student in good standing (@ UW-Seattle, UW-Bothell or UW-Tacoma)
  • Full-time student at the University of Washington, undergraduate or graduate/professional
  • Minimum one quarter at the UW
  • Financial aid need as determined by the UW Office of Student Financial Aid

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