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.

National Speakers Association Scholarships

  • Scholarship program to encourage and reward juniors, seniors and graduate students who have a desire to pursue some aspect of professional speaking as a career
  • Six $5,000 scholarship grants will be awarded
  • Applicants must be entering or beyond the second half of their undergraduate/graduate education by September 15 of the scholarship year
  • Deadline: May 20, 2016

Western Union Foundation Family Scholarship Program

  • The Western Union Family Scholarship Program helps immigrant/migrant individuals move up in their education with up to $5,000 available
  • Applicants must be age 18 or older, must have been in the United States for seven years or less, born outside of the United States
  • Scholarships may not be used for advanced degrees (such as Masters, PhD)
  • Western Union employees, Western Union Agents and dependents are not eligible to apply for these scholarships
  • Deadline: May 25, 2016

Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach

  • Fellowships are in the amount of $7,000 open to students aged 18-30 who support the humane use of animals in biomedical research and education and who offer an innovative proposal for peer education on research issues
  • As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to develop an innovative advocacy/outreach program for your peers, to guide them in making an informed decision about this issue and to help secure the future of medicine
  • Applicants must be U.S citizens or permanent residents
  • Deadline: May 27, 2016

National Council of Jewish Women

  • The Seattle Section of NCJW has awards scholarships to financially needy Jewish students for undergraduate academic study
  • Applicants must have established financial need and be Jewish
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 and be current Washington state residents
  • Applicants must be U.S citizens or permanent residents
  • Deadline: May 30, 2016

James Rhio O'Conner Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Multiple scholarships available ranging from $75-$5,000
  • Awards are to honor James Rhio's spirit of self-determination and intellectual curiosity by writing an essay about what they would do if they faced the same challenges that Rhio faced after he was diagnosed with a deadly cancer and given a year to live
  • Deadline: May 31, 2016

Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Ron Garikes Student Scholarship

  • One scholar will be selected to receive a $2,500 scholarship award to be used toward academic expenses
  • Applicants must be majoring in marketing, communications, or public relations and planning a career in professional services marketing in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 and be current Washington state residents
  • Deadline: May 31, 2016

Boogey Lights Scholarship

  • $750 scholarship contest open to all fields of study. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Financial need is not a consideration for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must be U. S. citizens or permanent residents or have applied and not denied for permanent residency.
  • Deadline: June 1, 2016

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

  • Post-graduate opportunity, funded by the US Department of State, to spend a year abroad doing research, graduate studies, or teach English in over 155 countries worldwide.
  • Applicants must be US citizens in good health who will have completed a Bachelor's degree by the start of the grant. They must have a high level of academic or professional achievement, demonstrated leadership ability, and a well-designed project proposal. Foreign language proficiency may be required.
  • To get started, attend one of the Fulbright events this spring and schedule an advising appointment to discuss your specific interests.
  • UW Application Deadline: September 7, 2016. National Deadline: October 10, 2016.
  • For more information check out this presentation

Luce Scholars Program

  • Provides fully-funded year-long placements in Asia, including stipends, language training, and tailored work assignment, for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia.
  • Applicants must be US citizens under 30, in good health, who will have completed a Bachelor's degree by the start of the grant.
  • UW Application Deadline: September 7, 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