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.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program

  • Award amount: $1,000-$10,000
  • B average or better in a technical science or an engineering discipline
  • Consider yourself Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan, or Hispanic
  • Scholarship is available to US Citizens and individuals with Permanent Resident visas.
  • Deadline: September 30, 2015

The HP Helion OpenStack Scholarship

  • Scholarship awards four female candidates a scholarship of $10,000 each, plus mentorship and potential internship possibilities in the future.
  • Female students who are enrolled full time in an information systems or computer science (or equivalent) major and capable of developing a project using OpenStack technology and/or Cloud Foundry are eligible.
  • Deadline: September 30, 2015

Ignite AG Customer Advisory Board Scholarship

  • $1,000 scholarship
  • Current undergraduate or graduate Business student seeking to enter a marketing field focused around customer engagement or research.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Deadline: October 1, 2015

Psychology Access Scholarship

  • $600 Annual Scholarship
  • Students pursuing a Bachelors or Master's degree specifically in the areas of Psychology, Counseling, Therapy or Social Work.
  • Minimum GPA 3.2
  • Essay: How do you think social media will change psychology over the next ten years?
  • Deadline: October 1, 2015

Asian Women In Business Scholarship

  • Demonstrated a leadership role in a community endeavor and/or a record of entrepreneurial achievement.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Award: $2,500 plus an additional $2,500 (for a total of $5,000) may be awarded to applicants that have fulfilled the leadership requirements and can also demonstrate financial need.
  • Deadline: October 1, 2015

The Meena Vashee Scholarship (see link below for application)

  • Amount: $2,000
  • UW Undergraduate students who are survivors of domestic violence or are the children of domestic violence survivors. Candidates for the scholarship must provide confidential, independent and verifiable documentation that they are victims of domestic violence or the children of such victims. Source documentation can include but is not limited to: police and court records, confirmation from mental health providers, physicians and caseworkers. In all cases all documentation will be held in strict confidence.
  • The scholarship is to be awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. For the application, click here
  • Deadline: October 5, 2015

Mary Gates Endowment For Students

  • Amount: $4,000
  • All UW undergraduates are invited to learn more about the Mary Gates scholarships and how the Mary Gates Endowment for Students can support your ambitions. Most information about the scholarships and the application process can be found on this website, but you can also email us to ask questions or schedule an advising appointment.
  • Leadership Deadline: October 19, 2015
    Research Deadline: October 26, 2015

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

  • New Americans, immigrants or children of immigrants.
  • Each award is a stipend of $25,000 for tuition and academic support and will support up to 2 years of graduate study. Must be a college senior or have completed a bachelors degree.
  • Must be 31 years of age.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2015

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program

GMS 2016 Application will open on August 1, 2015. To be eligible for the Gates Millennium Scholars Program students must:

  • Be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander or Hispanic American;  
  • Be Citizens, legal permanent residents or nationals of the United States;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on an unweighted 4.0 scale or earned a GED;
  • Have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities;
  • Meet Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria;
  • Enroll for the first time at a U.S. located , accredited college or university (with the exception of students concurrently pursuing a high school diploma) in the fall as a full-time, degree seeking, first year student
  • Deadline:  January 13, 2016

Other Resources

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

Mary Gates Scholarships

Fulbright Program

Campus Nominations

UWB Scholarships