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.

Mary Gates Endowment Scholarship

  • Mary Gates Endowment Scholarships are worth $4,000 and paid in two quarterly installments.
  • With the support of a mentor and a Mary Gates Leadership, Research or Venture Scholarship, the Endowment hopes to help students develop and achieve their goals. Mary Gates Scholars are a community of active and accomplished students and alumni, many of whom have published professional papers, won prestigious national awards, and founded non-profit organizations.
  • Visit the website for information sessions and application workshops.
  • Deadlines: Leadership: Monday, Jan. 26 @ 5:00 p.m. & Research: Monday, Feb. 2 @ 5:00 p.m.

Microsoft Technical Scholarship

  • Working toward a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physics.
  • All applicants are required to apply for a summer internship, if offered scholarship internship to be completed at Microsoft campus (Redmond, WA).
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • All residency types may apply
  • Award amount varies: partial or full scholarships
  • Deadline: January 30, 2015

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Provides training and scholarship support for undergraduate students in disciplines including but not limited to: oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission.
  • Deadline Jan. 30, 2015

UWRA Scholarship

  • UW students studying toward careers in aging research or the provision of services to older adults.
  • Up to four awards of up to $4,000 each will be made in Spring Quarter 2015 to students selected for their demonstrated promise and financial need.
  • Deadline: February 3, 2015 by 3pm

The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden Promising Leaders of Tacoma Scholarship

  • The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden is offering a $1000 scholarship to one high school or college-aged student who is interested in the legal field (or related fields such as political science, economics, criminal justice, etc).
  • UWB students are eligible
  • No minimum GPA
  • Deadline: February 28, 2015

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

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.
  • Application available Feb. 3, 2015 with a deadline of March 3, 2015


Other Resources

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