Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards
You will find merit scholarships, fellowships, and awards that build on, and often require, participation in experiential learning experience. While exploring the opportunities listed below, be sure to click on the name of each scholarship for more detailed information.
The opportunities marked with an asterisk (*) require campus nomination or endorsement.
Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships
The Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships are designed to foster students’ growth as leaders. Leadership scholars deepen their commitment to community by pursuing a challenge or project, often focused on public service in the community or on campus.
Applications are accepted twice per year – once in the Autumn Quarter and once in the Winter Quarter. The scholarships are $5,000 and disbursed in installments of $2,500 each over two quarters. Graduating seniors may request to receive a one-quarter award totaling $2,500.
Application Deadline: January 29, 2024, at 5:00PM PSTLearn more about the Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships
Mary Gates Research Scholarships
The Mary Gates Research Scholarships enable students to deepen their involvement in work with faculty on research, creative arts, and other forms of scholarly endeavor. Students contribute to a range of faculty projects in a wide range of disciplines.
Applications are accepted twice per year – once in the Autumn Quarter and once in the Winter Quarter. The scholarships are $5,000 and disbursed in installments of $2,500 each over two quarters. Graduating seniors may request to receive a one-quarter award totaling $2,500. Applications are accepted from students who are still in the planning stages of their project.
Application Deadline: January 29, 2024, at 5:00PM PSTLearn more about the Mary Gates Research Scholarships
The Udall Scholarship* is for full-time sophomores and juniors in any major (1) with a strong demonstrated commitment to environmental issues OR (2) who are Native American/Alaska Native and committed to Native American healthcare OR tribal public policy. The Udall awards up to $7,000 to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents yearly.
Campus Deadline: January 10, 2024Learn more about the Udall Scholarship
UW Evans School’s Junior Summer Institute (JSI)
The UW Evans School’s Junior Summer Institute (JSI) provides undergraduate students across disciplines with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in public policy, a greater understanding of career opportunities in public service fields, and enhanced knowledge and skills to support their future pursuit of careers in public policy. The seven-week summer program is open to students who are entering their senior year of undergraduate study. Scholars receive a $1,000 stipend, and are provided with meals, housing, and reimbursement for travel to and from the program.
Application deadline: November 1, 2023Learn more about PPIA Junior Summer Institute
Imagining America/ The Joy of Giving Something (JGS) Fellows Program
The goal of the Imagining America/ The Joy of Giving Something (JGS) Fellows Program is to elevate photography and digital media as pathways for undergraduate students to pursue their careers and to make a difference in their communities. The program specifically aims to support students for whom economic and family circumstances render such career pathways particularly challenging. The IGS fellows receive a $2,000 tuition scholarship, mentorship, and financial support for a community project.
Application Opens: March 2024
Application Deadline: June 2024
UW Libraries Research Award
The UW Libraries Research Award for Undergraduates recognizes undergraduate students who have authored superb research projects demonstrating a creative use of scholarly material. This competition is open to all University of Washington undergraduate students on all three campuses. Students can apply individually or as a group. Cash awards range between $250-$1000.
Deadline: Every year in MayLearn more about the University of Washington Library Award
AmeriCorps Student Fellows
AmeriCorps Student Fellows funds students’ participation in a practicum, internship, work study, or volunteer experience that primarily serves people from low-income, underrepresented, and/or marginalized backgrounds. Service must be focused on one of the following issues: Academic Engagement & Success, Food Security & Basic Needs, Medical & Mental Health Services, and Environmental Stewardship.
Fellow can earn an Education Award of $1,459.26 for 300 hours of service, or $1,824.07 for 450 hours of service (paid and unpaid). It can be used to pay for future educational expenses and eligible student loans.Learn more about AmeriCorps Student Fellows
Study Abroad Scholarships
UW Bothell Study Abroad Ambassador Scholarship
UW Bothell Study Abroad Ambassador Scholarship helps UW Bothell students to offset expenses required to participate in a study abroad program. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program, residents of Washington State, have a minimum 2.75 GPA, and commit to promoting study abroad opportunities in the Bothell community upon their return as a Study Abroad Ambassador. Funding ranges from $1,000 to $2,000.
Deadlines: November 20, 2023, 11:59PM PST
Upcoming deadlines: February, April, June
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship aims to bring diversity to study abroad, both in terms of who is participating and where they are going. Applicants must be undergraduates who are U.S. citizens or nationals and be receiving a Federal Pell Grant. Non-traditional destinations (outside of Western Europe and Australia) are preferred. Acceptance to a study abroad program is not required at the time of application. Award benefit: up to $5,000
Deadlines: October 5, 2023, 11:59PM PST
Upcoming deadline: March – date/time TBA
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four-week programs for US freshmen and sophomores with a GPA of at least 3.7. Participants can explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. Preference will be given to strong applicants who do not have extensive experience outside the US. The award covers round-trip airfare from the US to the host university in the UK, tuition and fees at the host university, and accommodation.
Applications open: November
Application deadline: February
Research Internships in Science and Engineering Germany
RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British, and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest. DAAD provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses. Host universities provide housing assistance. German language is not required.
Applications open: October 15, 2023, 11:59PM CET – Central European Time
Application deadline: November 30, 2023, 11:59 pm CET – Central European Time
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) is an overseas language training and cultural enrichment program in languages deemed of critical importance to the US. Open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students in all academic disciplines who are US citizens. Applicants must be U.S. citizen or nationals at the time of application. The award covers tuition, airfare, housing and living stipend.
Application open: October 3, 2023
Application Deadline: November 14, 2023, 8:00PM EST
Recognition and Awards
Chancellor’s Student Civic Leader Award
The Chancellor’s Student Civic Leader Award* recognizes students that are addressing critical issues on their campuses and in their communities through service and social entrepreneurship. Students are nominated by faculty, staff, students, community partners, or can self-nominate for consideration by their institution’s president. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for nomination.
Nomination deadline: January 12, 2023Learn more about the Chancellor's Student Civic Leadership Award
Husky 100 Award
Each year, the Husky 100 Award recognizes 100 undergraduate and graduate students from the UW Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma campuses in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the University of Washington. The Husky 100 receive formal recognition from UW’s top leadership and one-of-a-kind mementos honoring their inclusion in the respective year’s cohort. Nominations are not required and do not affect a student’s chances of being selected as a Husky 100.
Application deadline: early February
Nomination deadline: end of January
The list of scholarship opportunities provided here is not exhaustive. Another great resource available to you is the Scholarship Lists and Guides compiled by the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards (OMSFA) at UW Seattle campus. Additional funding to support your interests can be found in the UW OMSFA database. We are prepared to extend our support by offering guidance and suggestions concerning application materials for other nationally competitive scholarships.