Scholarships can be an important part of how you pay for college. The time you invest in searching and applying for scholarships could make the difference in the type of college you attend and the amount of loans you have to borrow. Eligibility and criteria for scholarships vary widely - they may be awarded for academic achievement, leadership potential, artistic talents, athletic ability, career plans, a field of study, or special hobbies or interests. Also, for many scholarships, citizenship status is not an automatic disqualifier for eligibility, so all students are encouraged to search!
Online Services for Students
TheWashBoard.org is a free, student-centered, online clearinghouse for Washington students seeking college scholarships. This user-friendly site allows students to search and apply for scholarship opportunities that are specific to their academic interests, college, university, or other criteria. Students can easily see what criteria are required and apply for only those scholarships that are a good fit. Scholarships are available year-round, so students should keep their profile up to date and log-in periodically to see if there are new matches.
Scholarship Finder - US Department of Education financial aid and scholarship finder.
SallieMae - Scholarship Search - College Answer features over 600,000 scholarships, grants, tuition waivers, internships, and fellowships.
College Board Scholarship Search - Locate scholarship and other information that matches your educational level, talents, and background.
Search for more Scholarships
In addition to scholarship search tools be sure to check with:
High school counselor
Colleges and universities (including departments)
Local banks and department stores
Employers - and parents’ employers
Member organizations (such as YMCA, Elks, etc.)
Local civic organizations, foundations
Beware of scholarship scams! DO NOT pay any organization or individual to apply for scholarships or scholarship lists. Legitimate scholarships NEVER ask for an application fee.
Scholarship information for students who are not citizens
Regardless of which college or university you are interested in attending, you should speak with the scholarship office. Many colleges offer scholarships and some tuition waivers without regard to immigration status. You should directly contact the organization that offers those specific scholarships and ask if you meet the criteria to apply.
Act Six provides scholarship funds for emerging urban and community leaders. Students must attend one of these schools: Gonzaga, PLU, Northwest, Whitworth, Trinity Lutheran, George Fox, Warner Pacific, or Heritage.
MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) compiles a listing of scholarships for ALL Students regardless of immigration status. This is an extensive list of scholarships that may not inquire about immigration status or require a valid social security number to redeem the award. You should look through the scholarship list and select scholarships that apply to you. As a general rule, if an application asks for your social security number and you do not have one yet, leave that space blank but fill out and turn in the application. Lying about your legal status or providing a false social security is a federal offense.
Palmer Scholars provides scholarships to low-income minority students living in Pierce County. Students must also meet college entrance requirements for their school of choice.
Scholarship Resource Guide for All Latino/a Students in Washington State is compiled by Campaña Quetzal in a month-by-month format. Includes scholarships that are open to ALL students, regardless of citizenship or residency status. The offering organization is always the final authority.