Where To Look For Scholarships by Month and Time of Year
Scholarships are posted to:
- College and Career Center Canvas page - https://sno.instructure.com/enroll/JC7F69
- Use this scholarship handout to begin your search.
- Gear Up WA Scholarship page
Scholarship search engines - Ongoing year-round searches
Scholarship search engines require you to create a profile prior to applying to the scholarships they offer. The profile often acts as your application, and individual scholarships may have additional requirements such as essays, letters of recommendation etc. Please consider creating a profile in a few of the following search engines. Also, check back often as scholarships are added on an ongoing basis.
- Washboard.org - This is for Washington students only. We highly recommend creating a profile here.
- GearUP at https://gearup.wa.gov/educators/scholarships - This lists local and national scholarships without requiring a profile.
- College Board Scholarship Search
- Department of Labor Career Onestop
More resources for undocumented students
- My Undocumented Life: https://mydocumentedlife.org/category/high-school- scholarships/
- MALDEF: https://www.maldef.org/resources/scholarship-resources/
- Beyond Dreaming (Scholarships for Undocumented WA Students): https://www.everettcc.edu/files/students/student-financial-services/ financial-aid/beyond-dreaming-scholarship.pdf
You can't receive financial aid if you don't apply! Some colleges require you to apply for the FAFSA before they will give institutional aid. FAFSA/WASFA opens October 1. FAFSA FSA ID: fsaid.ed.gov
- FAFSA Application: fafsa.ed.gov
- WASFA Application (for WA undocumented students): readysetgrad.org/wasfa
Institutional scholarships (scholarships available through your college or university) - Applications are typically available October through June of senior year
Many schools automatically consider you for scholarships when you apply. Check websites for specific requirements (typically under admissions/cost/aid). Schools may also offer scholarships for visiting. Contact an admissions officer for help!
Examples of university scholarships
- Washington State University: https://financialaid.wsu.edu/scholarships/
- University of Washington - Seattle: https://www.washington.edu/financialaid/types-of-aid/scholarships/undergraduate-scholarships/
- Gonzaga: https://www.gonzaga.edu/undergraduate-admission/tuition-aid/scholarship-opportunities
Examples of community college scholarships
- EvCC: https://www.everettcc.edu/students/financial/financial-aid/scholarships
- EdCC: https://www.edcc.edu/paying-for-college/scholarships/
December-February - Local scholarship program for Snohomish School District or Glacier Peak High School students only
The Snohomish Education Foundation oversees 90 different scholarships from various private donors. Many scholarships are awarded to multiple students. Glacier Peak High School students are able to apply for about 50 of these different scholarships with a total award possibility of over 100 scholarships. Application opens in December and is typically due before mid-winter break. Scholarships are only available on www.thewashboard.org. Students create a profile on the Washboard prior to being directed to apply to scholarships.
January through June - Washington state programs
- WSOS STEM + Healthcare Baccalaureate Scholarship (Jan – Feb)- https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/students/applicants/baccalaureate
- WSOS STEM CTE Scholarship (Mar. – Early June) - https://www.waopportunityscholarship.org/students/applicants/cts/
- College Success Foundation (Jan. – Feb.) A group of school, including one for foster youth - https://www.collegesuccessfoundation.org/wa/supports-and-scholarships
- College Bound Scholarship – If you joined this state program in middle school, your name stays on the list. You just need to remain eligible. The CCRC staff can verify your status on the list and talk to you about the pledge you made. You can also visithttps://readysetgrad.wa.gov/college/college-bound-scholarship-program for details.
Ask Your community - Ongoing, most are available senior year
Think about any organizations that you or your family are connected to and ask them if there are scholarships or tuition assistance for members or dependents. Some examples:
- Banks and credit unions
- Volunteer organizations
- Community associations and advocacy groups
- For Native American students, tribes might offer financial help for school.
- Clubs, activities and select sports
- Churches, synagogues, and other faith-based organizations
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Washington College Access Network
Click here to be redirected to the Washington College Access Network. Chapter 4 includes information regarding paying for college and explains FAFSA/WASFA.
Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)/Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
Some public universities in Washington state and other western states participate in a program where students may qualify for a reduction in out-of-state tuition. If a student wishes to apply to an out-of-state school, it is important that he or she checks to see if the school participates in this program and what the application process and deadlines are for the WUE scholarship at that school. Please click here to be redirected to the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)/Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) website.