Financial Aid

UWB Scholarship FAQs

How many UWB General Scholarships are there?

There are two General Scholarships a year:  the Academic Year General Scholarship, which awards for autumn, winter, and spring quarters, and the Winter & Spring General Scholarship, which awards for winter and spring quarters.  Applications for both General Scholarships are available on our website.

I have been admitted to UW Bothell but do not begin my studies until autumn quarter, can I still apply for the scholarship?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible unless you are currently attending UW Bothell. As a new student, you will be considered for scholarships based on your admission application but will not be considered for the UW Bothell General Scholarship.

How do I approach writing the personal statement?

The Essay or Personal Statement (a critical piece of the application): " Clearly communicate your goals and reveal interesting aspects about yourself and your personal experiences as they pertain to the purpose of the scholarship. " Include specific, concrete examples of what you have done to illustrate how those experiences have served to inform your life, as well as your present and future choices and goals. " Write from a depth of awareness of your experience and passion for your interests that will distinguish your story (if five other people could state what you write, then search more deeply and be more specific)." Ask for feedback on your writing from a variety of sources: the Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Fellowships Office, the Writing and Communication Center, your program advisor, faculty, people who know you well and those who don't know you well. " Be prepared to revise your statement a number of times for greater clarity and depth.

What should I include on my resume?

Include your educational background, your work history, volunteer and/or travel experience, and additional community, leadership, or field involvement.

What is the role of the resume in the scholarship application?

The resume for a campus scholarship is the place where the applicant can list the breadth of one's experience as it pertains to the scholarship; whereas, the personal statement is the place where one can describe or explain in more detail pertinent, specific experiences that are included on the resume. The resume gives the Committee Members a summary of the applicant's relevant experiences at a glance, offering a more general but comprehensive picture. This includes educational history or background; work history; and any community/global involvement, travel, activities, or volunteer work that show how the applicant demonstrates one's commitment to community, leadership, or a field of study, etc. The resume can show a well-rounded picture of the applicant as a background for the more in-depth focus that the applicant will convey in the personal statement. While a well organized and appropriately revealing resume can strengthen a scholarship application, the personal statement still is the more critical and powerful piece, as it is the avenue to convey the connections and human soul element of the applicant's experiences. 

Do I need to submit official transcripts with my scholarship application?

If you have applied to a UWB program, then we have your official transcripts in your admissions file, and you do not need to submit additional transcripts. If you are planning to apply to a program but will not have your application materials to the Admissions Office by the date of the scholarship deadline, then you would need to submit official transcripts.

How do scholarships affect my Financial Aid?

If you are receiving financial aid from the government or university, you must let your university financial aid officer know if you receive an outside scholarship. The scholarship may affect your financial aid package. However, this could be to your benefit, as UW Bothell and many other universities reduce or replace the loan award instead of or before they reduce grant aid.