Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Upcoming Merit Scholarships

Check this page often for news about upcoming merit scholarships. Deadlines are usually posted at least a month in advance to give you plenty of time to prepare your application. The below list of scholarships are just a sample of upcoming scholarships. Please look in the UW scholarship database for a much more extensive list.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

  • Award amount varies depending on status in school $2,500-$7,500 and increases each year.
  •  Must be pursuing an eligible high-demand major in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care-check site to see if your major is eligible.
  • Must be a Washington state resident; minimum gpa 2.75
  • Must submit free FAFSA application, consideration of family gross income.
  • Deadline: March 2, 2015

King County Nurses Association

  • 15 scholarships of $2,500
  • Must be a permanent resident of King County, minimum 3.0 gpa, enrolled in nursing program, community involvement, professional activities, ethnic minority students encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline: March 2, 2015

Tillman Military Scholars Program

  • The mission of the  Pat Tillman Foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.
  • Scholarship amount: covering the needs left unpaid for by the GI Bill and other government support.
  • Eligibility: Veteran and active duty military; Spouses of active or veteran service members; Service member or spouse seeking assistance to pursue an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate degree as a full-time student at a public or private, 4-year U.S.-based accredited institution.
  • This is a competitive application process and it is highly recommended you work with Office of Merit Scholarships and attend a UW Information Session either in-person or online.
  • Deadline: March 3, 2015

Leadership 1000

  • Minimum GPA 2.75
  • Must be WA resident, filled out FAFSA and have financial need.
  • Annual awards range from $2,500-$5,000.
  • Most scholarships are renewable for up to four years.
  • Deadline: March 9, 2015

Moss Adams Diversity Scholarship

  • 12 scholarships for $2,500 for Accounting or related majors
  • Sophomores with minimum 3.0 gpa
  • Deadline: March 15, 2015

PSBJs Women of Influence - Lytle Enterprises Scholarship

  • Women who show exemplary leadership and achievement in the field of Business (MBA graduate students).
  • Between 1-3 scholarships in the amount of $1,000-$7,500
  • Must create free profile on and search for scholarship by name
  • Deadline: March 26, 2015

HR Software Insight

  • Essay on the future of HR, focusing on how technology will continue to impact and change how companies recruit, hire, develop, and evaluate their employees.
  • Must be a US resident
  • Deadline: March 31, 2015

Abe Osheroff and Gunnel Clark Endowed Human Rights Fund for Students

  • Up to $4,000 fund to support undergraduate and graduate students to support human rights projects that promote social change through direct action.
  • All hands-on human rights projects aiming to achieve real-world impact — in other words, to improve human rights — are eligible, whether the work is to be carried out in the United States or elsewhere in the world.
  • Deadline: Application available- March 2 through April 3, 2015

Other Resources

For a more comprehensive, chronological listing of scholarships, check out one of the following: