Frequently Asked Questions

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Interested in Applying for a Scholarship?

Yes! Absolutely yes. Half of all students who applied for scholarships last year received one, and the average award was $3,000. Think of it this way: If you spend 10 hours creating a great scholarship application and you win the average scholarship amount; you will have made $300 per hour! In addition, you are building materials that can be used for other scholarships, colleges, or job applications. Reuse your personal statement and keep in contact with your references for future applications.

Yes, you can (and must) apply each year for Seattle Colleges Foundation scholarships. If you have applied in the past, you can use the same log-in credentials as before. If you do not remember your password, click “Trouble signing in?” and then on the next page, enter your email address and click “Recover Password.” NOTE: The new application will not have your answers from past years. You will need to compete the application again.

You are welcome to use last year's written statements as a starting point. However, you will need to update them to reflect changes that have occurred in your life or goals this past year. It is also an opportunity for reflection on how to expand on previous goals and build off those. Please capture these changes during the last year, including how receiving the Foundation scholarship in the previous year had impacted your learning and education. 

Yes, international students and Dreamers (undocumented students) can apply, and we encourage you to do so! Only Running Start students who will be graduating from high school this year can apply.

Preparing for the Scholarship Application

Ask people who know you in a professional or academic setting, such as advisors, counselors, instructors, job supervisors, mentors, and community members. You must include two references. At least one should be from a Seattle College faculty or staff member. Consider individuals who will give you positive feedback to your efforts. Please allow the person you are requesting the reference from at least four weeks before the deadline to write the reference. Family members, partners, or friends are not acceptable references.

Requesting recommendations should be one of the first things you do when you begin to work on the scholarship application.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your application contains two references. Please make sure to follow up with references to remind them to submit their references by the deadline. It is up to you to REQUEST references and check that they have been SUBMITTED.

In your application, you will be asked to provide the name and email address of two people, or “references,” who would be willing to recommend you for scholarships. Once you enter their name and email address and click on the "save and keep editing" button, each reference will receive an email with a link to the scholarship site. They will create their own login and submit their reference through this system. You can check on the status of your references by logging into your account and clicking the “References” tab at the top of the page.

If one of your references cannot complete your request, you can add another reference to your application. References will have until April 28 to complete their reference.

Yes, students must submit a transcript and have earned at least a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average. If you do not have a college transcript for Seattle Colleges, please upload your current class schedule. If you are a recent high school graduate, submit your unofficial high school transcript. If you have a transcript from another college, submit the most recent unofficial transcript. If you do not have any recent transcripts, type a short explanation of why you do not have a transcript and upload this document in place of your transcript.

Links to access unofficial scholarships:

Tip on saving document: Only use one period in document name. Example: scholarshiptranscript.pdf or scholarship_transcript.pdf

Completing the Scholarship Application

The application for 2021-22 scholarships must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on April 21, 2021. You are welcome to start and stop work on your application as many times as you like until that date. Make sure to save your work each time before you log out.

The scholarship site will automatically log you out after 30 minutes of no activity and will not save any work added. Click on "save and finish later" after each section of the application or before you walk away from your computer.

By completing one application, you automatically apply for most of the Seattle Colleges Foundation scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, personal history, and specific areas of study or campus. After you submit your application, there may be additional opportunities that you qualify for. To find out, click “Opportunities” at the top of the screen. If there are extra scholarships available to you, they will either be listed under “Recommended,” or they will appear in the full list of scholarships with a green “Apply” button next to them. Do not skip these!

We highly encourage you to also complete the FAFSA or WASFA to maximize your funding potential, but it is not required. The priority deadline for funding for 2021-2022 financial aid is March 15. All applicants will demonstrate their financial need by filling out the required statement of financial need within the scholarship application.

The email address included in creating a scholarship account and included on the scholarship application should be an address that you frequently check. It is critical that you check this email account regularly during the scholarship application and review process, as this is the only method that we use to contact you.

When you first create your account, the system will send you an email to verify your email address. If you do not receive this confirmation email, go back to the sign-in page of the website, and click on “Trouble signing in?”. Type in your email address and click on “Resend Confirmation.” If you still do not receive the confirmation email, please contact the scholarship team at

After creating and confirming your account, if you are experiencing issues logging in, please note you will have ten attempts to login correctly until the system locks you out. You will need to wait one hour before attempting to login again. Otherwise, you can go back to the sign-in page of the website and click on “Trouble signing in?”. Type in your email address and click on “Recover Password.”

Once you have submitted a complete application, the screen will say “Complete” under “General Application.” You must answer all required questions and upload required documents for your application to be considered complete. If a section does not apply to you, please enter “0” or “N/A.”

If you are currently enrolled in the Nursing program or will be enrolled in the upcoming academic year, please choose Seattle Central College as your primary school. If you are currently taking nursing pre-requisites and plan to continue taking the pre-requisites in the next academic year, please list the college you are currently attending.

KEY Scholarship Application Tips:

  • Always hit SAVE & KEEP Editing to keep your work
  • Answer all questions; do not leave blanks
  • Apply for additional opportunities
  • Be sure to click on “Finish & Submit”
  • Edits can continue up until the deadline even after you have submitted your application
  • Not sure about your plans for next academic year – APPLY!

Awarding Scholarships

If awarded, the scholarship will be evenly distributed between Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter in the 2021-2022 academic school year at the college you have indicated on the post-acceptance application.

Scholarships cannot be transferred to other colleges as they are designated for students at specific colleges.

Scholarships will cover tuition and fees first, followed by books.

Scholars must plan to be enrolled in at least 9 credits per quarter to receive their full scholarship for the Seattle Colleges Foundation or your scholarship will be prorated based on the chart below. This is also mentioned in the scholarship agreement that must be signed by all scholars in order to receive their scholarship.

Quarterly Enrollment Level Foundation Award Disbursement
Full time (12+ credits) Full amount of award
¾ time (9-11 credits) Full amount of award
½ time (6-8 credits) Prorated to ¾ of total award
Less than ½ time (5 or fewer credits) Prorated to ½ of total award

South Seattle College Foundation scholarships' prorated awards vary slightly: Students who are enrolled in 4-5 credits a quarter are awarded 1/2 of the award per quarter; students who are enrolled in 3 credits or less a quarter do not receive an award.

If you plan to transfer next fall quarter, please indicate that on your application. Be aware, that by checking the transfer box you will only be reviewed for transfer scholarships and become ineligible for our general scholarship pool. If awarded, you will be asked to submit your admission letter and Fall course schedule to verify your admittance. Your scholarship will then be sent directly to the four-year college of choice. There is limited funding for transfer scholarships.

No, the award can only be used at the school you are applying to for the 2021-22 school year. The award does not cover loans owed.