Seattle Public Schools Scholarship Bulletin- October 2017

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Local Scholarships 2017-2018


Seattle International District Rotary Club

Deadline: January 29, 2018

Scholarship Value: $2000

Awards Available: 5


The Seattle International Rotary Club (SIRC) provides college scholarships each year to recognize and assist youth from Seattle Area high schools and community colleges who have made significant contributions to their community and who have demonstrated academic excellence.

Selection Criteria and Procedures

  • Criteria for selecting scholarship recipients include scholastic achievement, community service participation, and financial need
  • Scholarship applications due January 29, 2018
  • Committee will review applications in February and March and scholarship recipients will be announced in April
  • Scholarship awardees are invited to attend our club meeting to receive recognition of their achievements


Rotary Club International District Scholarship


Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship

Deadline: March 10, 2018

Scholarship Value: $2500

Awards Available: 52


The Kelly Foundation of Washington is offering awards for it’s scholarship program, the Ewing C. Kelly scholarship. The Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship is designed to reward students who demonstrate good citizenship while striving to attain their academic goals. Applicants will be judged on their academic merit, extra-curricular achievements — both scholastically and in their community–and financial need.

Selection Criteria and Procedures

  • Must be a senior-level student at a public or private high school (or home school)
  • Applicant must be accepted, or have an application pending, at an accredited institution of higher learning, public or private and including community colleges
  • Must have a composite score of 20 on the ACT or a composite score of 1030 on the recently revised SAT if planning to attend a 4-year school
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have a green card
  • Please read the application carefully. It contains 3 information pages, 2 financial assessment pages, a checklist and a page including tips for letters of recommendation. It must be accompanied by an official transcript, ACT and/or SAT scores (photocopy/online copies OK), personal statement and 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Applications must be postmarked by March 10


Online Form:

Write-In Application:

Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Scholarship Value: $1500-3500

Awards Available: 5


The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and financially assist high school seniors to further their education beyond high school. All eligible high school seniors residing in and attending school in King County, Washington are invited to submit applications to the Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Seattle Swedish Community will award four scholarships ranging from $1500-3500.

*Note: Swedish ancestry is not required

Selection Criteria and Procedures

  • Must be a high school senior, attend high school in King County, and reside in King County, Washington
  • Must submit a completed application by March 31, 2018 (both sides) with attached essay, transcript, ACT or SAT score, proof of family income (copy of pages 1-2 of 2017 Form 1040 income tax statement or equivalent official documentation) and a self-addressed, stamped envelope in order to receive notification of results
  • Finalists will be selected May 1, 2018 and notified as soon as possible. Finalists must be available for a personal interview, to be held on May 19, 2018
  • Awards will be granted for fall quarter/semester 2018 and will be paid directly to the college/university


Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships

WSPE Educational Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2018

Scholarship Value: $2000

Awards Available: n/a


The Washington Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE) Educational Foundation offers $2,000 scholarships to students enrolled in Washington Community Colleges who transfer to ABET-accredited baccalaureate engineering programs offered by universities and colleges in Washington State. Students may apply for scholarships before being admitted to a baccalaureate program, but scholarship funds will not be disbursed until the student accepts an offer of admission.

Selection Criteria and Procedures

  • Applicant must be a second-year community college student and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • Applicant must have applied for admission to an ABET-accredited engineering baccalaureate program at a university or college located in Washington State
  • Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from community college course instructors
  • Applicant must provide an unofficial transcript showing all community college courses completed
  • Applicant must submit a short essay entitled “My Interest in Engineering” that is machine-printed and is one-half to one page in length (about 400 words), single spaced, and typed in 11 or 12 point font. The essay must discuss (1) your interest in engineering (2) specific field of engineering that you are pursuing and (3) the occupation that you propose to follow upon graduation
  • The scholarship committee will evaluate each application using the following criteria to select scholarship recipients: (GPA 20pts, Curriculum Content 20pts, Recommendations 15pts, Essay 15pts, Technical Activities 10pts, Work Experience 10pts, Activities and Honors 10pts)


National Scholarships


Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship

Deadline: November 27, 2017

Scholarship Value: $50,000

Awards Available: 500


The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. The top 20 finalists will participate in an all expenses paid leadership weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges for scholarships of $20,000 – $50,000. The 480 runners-up will receive scholarships of $4,000.

Note: Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks

Selection Criteria and Procedures

  • Current high school seniors, or the equivalent, who are citizens of the United States are eligible to apply
  • Must take the ACT or SAT on or before November 4, 2017
  • Applications will be available online starting September 1, 2017
  • The 500 National semi-finalists will be notified by email in early March 2018. National semi-finalists are required to submit updated application information, along with an essay and teacher’s evaluation
  • 20 top finalists will participate in an all expenses paid leadership weekend in Chicago during which they’ll interview with the national judges.


Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships

Deadline: November 30, 2017

Scholarship Value: $5,000

Awards Available: 5


The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships are designed to recognize and reward the great steps students are taking to fight hunger in our communities across the United States. To support their innovative efforts, winners get a $5,000 scholarship for school and a $5,000 matching grant to give to the hunger-related charity of their choice.

Selection Criteria and Procedures

  • All applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution in the United States. All applicants must be ages 5-25 and meet the age requirement by Oct. 5, 2017
  • All applicants must have demonstrated on-going commitment to their community by performing unpaid volunteer services impacting hunger in the United States within the last 12 months
  • All applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States who reside in the contiguous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii only.
  • Volunteer services performed by applicant must help non-family members
  • Application form must be complete, and all information requested must be supplied. Only information presented at the time of application submission will be considered. No additional information will be accepted.
  • Applications must be submitted online from October 5 through December 5, 2017. Do not fax, mail, or send a printed copy of the application submission.
  • Winners will be notified in March 2018



AXA Achievement Scholarship

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Scholarship Value: $2500-$25,000

Awards Available: 52


The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US.

Selection Criteria and Procedures

  • Applicants must be united states citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 United States, Washington, D.C. or Puerto Rico
  • Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2018-2019 academic year
  • Demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities
    • Because reducing risk is woven into the fabric of our company, special consideration is given to achievements that empower society to mitigate risk through education and/or action in areas such as financial, environmental, health, safety and/or emergency preparedness
  • All applicants will be notified of their status via email in early January. Finalists will receive instructions regarding further documentation required for recipient selection


Big Sun Athletic Scholarships

Deadline: June 19, 2018

Scholarship Value: $500


The Big Sun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. We are offering an annual scholarship to a deserving student. All student athletes are eligible for this award, regardless of which sport they are participating in. Their participation may be in any capacity, whether as a player, coach, or official

Selection Criteria and Procedures

  • The successful applicant will be a high school senior or be attending a post secondary institute and currently involved in some sport at that institution or in the community
  • How to Apply: Please send us a short essay (500-1000 words) answering the following questions:
    • How did your participation in sports during your high school years influence you?
    • Has your participation influenced your career goals?
    • Has your participation influenced how you relate to your family?
  • Email applications to Please remember to include your name and the school you are attending in the application
  • The winner will be notified within 2 weeks of the deadline and the name of the winner will be posted on the website at that time



Past deadline:


2016-2017 Scholarships

West Seattle Scholarships


Alumni Scholarship  – deadline April 7


  1. Scholarship applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.5 for a 4-year school or a grade-point average of 2.5 for a 2-year and/or trade school.
  2. Financial need will be considered along with academic achievement.
  3. All available scholarships, with the exception of one, are scholarships toward tuition only and related fees (e.g. lab fees.)
  4. Finalists will be personally interviewed by the Alumni Scholarship Committee. At the interview each finalist must provide the official financial aid award letter from the school they plan to attend in order to be considered.
  5. Scholarship recipients will be notified within two weeks after the interview.
  6. All recipients must attend the West Seattle Alumni All-School Reunion on the first Friday night in June to be introduced to the membership. Senior recipients must also attend Honors/Awards Night.
  7. If awarded a scholarship, recipients will agree to provide a recent headshot sized 3”x5” or 4”x6” for publication in the Alumni edition of the Chinook. Also, recipients must write a thank you to the Alumni which will be published on the Alumni website and possibly published in the Alumni Holiday Mailer.
  8. Decisions made by the Scholarship Committee are final.

Questions related to this application may be directed to Sandy DuBuque/Scholarship Chairperson at:

Applications must be submitted by MAIL and POSTMARKED by April 7, 2017. Applications will not be accepted other than by mail.


Monogram Scholarship – deadline April 21, 2017




The West Seattle Monogram Club provides scholarships to West Seattle High School student athletes pursuing higher education.

The Monogram Club will provide $12,000 for scholarships this year, with individual scholarships up to $1500.  The scholarships can be used at any accredited two-year, or four-year institution of higher education.  The awards will be mailed to the selected institutions to defer costs for tuition and fees.

Selection Criteria

  • Be a 2017 graduate with at least one varsity letter.  If you are a Running Start student, at least 50% of your senior-year courses must be at West Seattle High School
  • Plan to attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year institution of higher education in the fall of 2017
  • Demonstrate success in both athletics and academics
  • Financial need will be considered along with athletic and academic achievement
  • Has a 2.5 grade-point average or higher
  • Has a good idea of what he or she wants to accomplish in college

Application Process

  1. Complete the scholarship application located on the school website. Submit the application to Tia Filippelli (via email or paper) by April 21, 2017.
  2. Submit application and required coach’s recommendation to Tia Filippelli by Friday April 21, 2017. Submit applications on-line and have a coach’s recommendation put in Tia’s mailbox.
  3. Be available for an interview with the Monogram Club Scholarship Committee on Wednesday May 17, 2016. Interviews will be scheduled in the Principal’s conference room beginning at 10 am.
  4. Recipients will receive scholarship certificates at a Monogram Club luncheon on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at the West Seattle Golf Club.


West Seattle High School Scholarship

Deadline – May 5, 2017



Dorothy Mootafes Journalism Grant

Sponsored by the Chinook staff of 1962

Deadline: May 5, 2107

Award: $1962

Application requirements:

  • Must be a current senior
  • Student has participated in journalism during high school career and/or member of the Chinook staff
  • Planning to study a major relating to writing in their post-secondary career
  • Must be accepted and enroll into a post-secondary institution for the 2017-18 school year
  • Statement of intent: In no more than 150 words, please explain your future goals in the areas of writing and your plan for the use of the scholarship, if awarded

Must submit to Ms. Filippelli by email or hard copy on May 5.

 The Hornbuckle Law Scholarship

Deadline: May 31, 2017
Award Amount: $500
Application: The application can be found here:

The Tuite Law DUI Accident Scholarship

May 31, 2017

Award Amount:


LION’S CLUB OF WEST SEATTLE Memorial Scholarship

Deadline – April 14, 2017






This application must be accompanied by:

  1. An original transcript of your high school scholastic record.
  2. A personal essay describing your life and how you have reached your decision and goal to attend college.
  3. Two letters of recommendation.



Seattle First Hill Lions Club Scholarships

Deadline: April 17, 2017

Lions club first hill 2017 application

General Criteria for all scholarships

  1. Above Average academic standing
  2. Financial need
  3. Participation in school and community activities
  4. Graduation from high school in June 2017
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Criteria for Juro Yoshioka Memorial Scholarship

  1. All of above criteria
  2. Although the scholarship is open to all, students of Japanese ancestry should be encouraged to apply

Application Procedure

  1. Submit four page application with Financial Statement
  2. Submit copy of most recent high school transcript (sealed)
  3. Send to:

Elaine Ishihara

Scholarship Committee Chair

10629 – 59th Ave S

Seattle, WA 98178

*Applications lacking any of the requested documents will be disqualified


 Local Seattle Scholarships


Rotary Club of Seattle-International District – deadline January 29, 2017

The Seattle International Rotary Club (SIRC) provides college scholarships each year to recognize and assist youth from Seattle Area high schools and community colleges who have made significant contributions to their community and who have demonstrated academic excellence.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, SIRC will award five scholarships of $2,000. To apply, download the application form and send it to the address listed on the form by January 29, 2016.


Rotary Club of Seattle-University District  – deadline February 17, 2017


The Rotary Club of Seattle-University District is offering (7)$4,000 scholarships to students expecting to graduate from a Seattle High School and attend a 2-year college in Washington State.

Criteria for eligibility:

Scholastic Achievement


Community Service

Financial Need



The 2017-2018 Seattle Central Foundation Scholarship is now OPEN!


Students only need to complete 1 application for over 80 scholarship opportunities. We’ll give away more than $500,000 to students in the coming year. Eligible applicants will be Seattle Central students next academic year. The majority of our scholarships are for students who plan to enroll full-time (12 credits or more) Fall 2017-Spring 2018, we have a limited number of scholarships for students who plan to enroll part-time (6 credits or more)


The application roughly takes 3-4 hours to complete, for awards that range $1,000-$5,000. Essentially, 4 hours of work can potentially translate to $250-$1,250 an hour!


The application deadline is: March 1st, 2017  



  • Due March 17th



Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship

Below is a direct link to information about the Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship.  This $5,000 renewable scholarship is available to students from the Pacific Rim states of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii; preference will be given to students of Japanese or other Asian ancestry, including multi-ethnic Asians.  The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.


Walter H. Meyer – Garry L. White Memorial Scholarship

Below is a direct link to information about the Walter H. Meyer – Garry L. White Memorial Scholarship.  This $5,000 scholarship is available to non-traditional students working towards an undergraduate (must be over 24 years old) or graduate (must be over 30 years old) degree. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017.


Joan Hill Scholarship

The Joan Hill Scholarship is available to students enrolled in a Seattle School District school who demonstrate financial need.  Preference will be given to students who have been displaced from their home or have overcome hardship.  The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.


Blacks at Microsoft (BAM!) Scholarship

The Blacks at Microsoft (BAM!) Scholarship is a $5,000 renewable reward for students who plan to study business, computer science or engineering. The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.

Doug Struthers Memorial Scholarship

Doug Struthers taught at Alexander Graham Bell Elementary in the Lake Washington School District for more than two decades. His hard work, commitment and perseverance made a difference in the school and the community. This scholarship fund was created in his memory to help young people learn skills to serve their communities. Four Lake Washington School District students every year are chosen to receive this $5,000 renewable scholarship. The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.


Alden Landis Memorial Scholarship

The Alden Landis Memorial Scholarship was created to honor the memory of Alden Landis, who died while serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique, Africa. The scholarship is intended for current high school students (grades 10-12) who demonstrate financial need and who successfully apply for enrollment in a summer study abroad, service trip, or a gap year program run by a 501(c)(3) public charity. Students must demonstrate a commitment to community service and learning about other cultures. The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.


Doyne M. Green Scholarship

Supporting female graduate students of medicine, law, social service, or public service, this scholarship assists current graduate students who study at public universities in the State of Washington with a renewable $4,000 scholarship. The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.


Edward W. Stimpson Scholarship

Created in honor of Bellingham native Ambassador Edward W. Stimpson, this scholarship supports students from Washington State who intend on studying at the University of Washington or Western Washington University. This $5,000 scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years. The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.


Lambeth Family Scholarship

This scholarship, designed to honor and financially support students pursuing a degree in engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, computer science or business, supports high school seniors in Washington State who will study at a public university, community college or technical school. This scholarship varies from $1000 to $3000 dollars and is renewable for up to 4 years. The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.


Linkous Foundation Scholarships

These scholarships, created in memory of Gary L. Linkous (Columbia High School, Class of 1955) supports students enrolled in either Arlington High School or High Schools in Richland and Hanford. The deadlines for applications are April 15, 2017 for Arlington and March 31, 2017 for Richland and Hanford.




Yuri and Tatsuo Nakata Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to honor and to give financial support to students of Asian heritage currently enrolled at Roosevelt, Cleveland, or Franklin High School in Seattle, WA. This $2,500 scholarship can be used for public and private universities and colleges across the country. The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.


  1. E. Boucher

This scholarship was established to honor and support Engineering students studying at University of Washington, Washington State University, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University. This is a one-time scholarship for $3,000 dollars. The deadline for applications is: March 1, 2017.

Seattle Association of Educational Office Professionals Scholarship (SAEOP)

Deadline – April 7, 2017

This year we are proud to continue the tradition of awarding one (1) five hundred dollar ($500) scholarship.

We are seeking all interested and qualified Seattle Public High School graduating senior student (class of 2017) who wish to continue their education at a 2-year, 4-year college or vocational school.  Please keep in mind throughout the application process that this is not a need-based scholarship.

saeop scholarship-_-2017-package

The deadline for returning applications is Wednesday, April 7, 2017, (Post Marked).


Seattle Public Library

Seattle high school seniors and college undergraduates are invited to enter an essay scholarship competition created by The Seattle Public Library Foundation to honor civic leader Stimson Bullitt. The second annual Stimson Bullitt Civic Courage Scholarship seeks essays that explore civic courage. Essays may be submitted online between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2015. Three scholarships will be awarded: the author of the winning essay will receive $5,000, and the authors of the two second-place essays will each receive $2,500. Learn more here.


PSBJ’s Women of Influence – Lytle Enterprises Scholarship – $5,000

The Puget Sound Business Journal and Chuck and Karen Lytle joined forces to create the Puget Sound Business Journal’s Women of Influence-Lytle Enterprises Scholarship Fund.  To be a Woman of Influence, students must evidence not only leadership and achievement in business and in the community, but also be a mentor to other women.  This scholarship will enable a woman of potential to develop her leadership and business acumen in a local graduate school of business. In addition to providing $5,000 financial support toward the scholarship winner’s education, the members of our stellar and prestigious Women of Influence advisory board will make themselves available to mentor her, providing her with a truly powerful launching pad. The deadline for applications is: March 25, 2017.


Nora Stone Smith Scholarship

The purpose of the Nora Stone Smith Scholarship is to honor and to give financial support to deserving ESL/ELL high school seniors in Washington.  This scholarship ranges from $1,000 – $2,000 renewable for 2 or 4 years.  The deadline for applications is: March 30, 2017.


Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship

Established to honor Patricia Fisher, a Puget Sound native, journalist, educator and role model, this scholarship was established by the Seattle Association of Black Journalists to support students of color who pursue college careers in journalism. This one-time scholarship ranges from $500-$2500, with recipients able to reapply. The deadline for applications is: March 22, 2017.


Bernie Minsk Scholarship

This scholarship honors Garfield High School graduate, local businessman and community leader Bernie Minsk. Though preference is given to seniors attending Garfield High School, any senior currently working with Rainier Scholars may apply for this renewable scholarship of $2,000 to $10,000. The deadline for applications is: March 31, 2017.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a Washington state resident (as defined in RCW 28B.15.012)
  • Must have earned a high school diploma or GED from a Washington State high school or institution by June 2017.Please note: If you graduated from high school outside of Washington State, you are not eligible.

  • Must be pursuing an eligible high-demand major (by alphabet; by category) in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care.
  • Must be working toward a first bachelor’s degree, (i.e. four-year degree).
  • Must be enrolling in an eligible Washington state college or university fall term 2017.Please note: If you will be attending a public community or technical college Fall 2017 that does not offer a four-year degree in your eligible high-demand major you must be planning to transfer to one of the four-year colleges/universities referenced above by the time you have earned 90 quarter credits.

  • Must be planning to enroll as a full time college student (12+ credits) fall term 2017.

  • Must be a high school senior at the time of application or a college student who will have completed six or fewer quarters, or four or fewer semesters by fall of 2017 as a full-time student (12 or more credits per term).Please note: College students who will have completed more than six full-time quarters or four full-time semesters of college at the start of fall term 2017 are not eligible.  If you are currently in college and completed running start credits while in high school, please count only the quarters/semesters completed after high school graduation.
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) through fall quarter or semester 2016 of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).Please note: We understand that The Evergreen State College (TESC) does not issue GPAs. We have a partnership with The Evergreen State College in which we will determine if you satisfy this requirement. In addition, if you attend a high school that does not provide GPAs, you are eligible to complete the application, and we will follow up with your high school to determine eligibility. 
  • Must file the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at or submit the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) at by Tuesday, March 7, 2017.Please note: Students who are eligible to submit the FAFSA due to immigration status must submit the FAFSA in order to be eligible for this scholarship.  Students who are ineligible to complete the FAFSA must submit the WASFA instead. Students need not quality for aid, but must apply to one of these applications by the deadline stated.
  • Must apply for Federal Education tax credits if eligible.
  • Must have a family income (adjusted gross income plus all untaxed income) less than the amount listed by family size on this chart. (Note: Unless you qualified to submit the FAFSA as an independent student, the family income amounts are those reported by your parent(s) on your 2017-2018 FAFSA).


The application for 2017-2018 will be available here on January 3, 2017.  The online application must be submitted by Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 5 p.m. PST.

Remember, in addition to submitting the online application, for your application to be considered, you must also:

  • Mail an official transcript, postmarked by Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  See transcript instructions on the Application Checklist.Please note that many high schools and colleges take up to a couple of weeks to prepare an official transcript, so be sure to request a transcript early. Transcripts must include all grades through fall term 2016.  Unofficial transcripts, transcripts without fall 2016 grades, and transcripts postmarked after March 7 will not be accepted.
  • File the 2017-2018 FAFSA at or WASFA at by Tuesday, March 7, 2017.You do not need to submit your FAFSA or WASFA information to this scholarship.  We will verify with the state that you have submitted the FAFSA or WASFA.

Please see this sample PDF of the 2017-18 application.

Scholarship recipients will be notified in May. For additional information about the application process, see the Application Checklist and Timeline.

If you have any questions, please email


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