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Students can find a number of financial aid opportunities through the Student Financial Aid Office. With the Husky Promise, the UW guarantees to cover the full cost of tuition and standard fees for qualified students who otherwise could not afford to attend.

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards, maintained by the Center or Experiential Learning and Diversity at UW, maintains a scholarship database, offers online application advice, runs frequent workshops, and invites students to make appointments with advisers to aid in the scholarship search.

Graduate Funding Information

More scholarships and opportunities for Native American Students can be found here: Financial resources for Native American Students

The American Indian Graduate Center offers 20+ scholarships and fellowships for students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. .

Award: Varies by scholarship

Open to: All applicants must be seeking a full-time degree at a nationally or regionally accredited higher education institution in the United States and be able to demonstrate tribal affiliation through the submission of a TRIBAL ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATE

Deadline: Varies

The Truman Scholarship awards funding to graduate to study college Juniors who have outstanding leadership potential, academic achievement, and the desire to pursue a career in public service.

Award: Up to $30,000

Eligible: U.S. citizen Juniors, or Seniors planning to do a fifth year

Campus Deadline: November

UCBI connects host organizations to UW undergraduates who share an interest in learning more about nonprofit and public sector careers, social justice, and asset based community development. Apply during fall for a winter-spring internship.

Award: $1,800/quarter

Open to: UW Undergraduate Students 

Deadline: October

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in ActionFellowship brings together international groups of univeristy students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance, as well as examples of issues affectiing different minority groups today.

Award: Most program costs

Open to: Students and recent graduates of all nationalities may apply if they are enrolled in or recently graduated from a university in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine or the U.S.

Deadline: January

The Fulbright US Student Program provides grants for individually designed research or study projects, or for English Teaching Assistantship placements, in a participating country outside of the US

Award: Airfare, living spend, and health insurance

Open to: Seniors or Alumni, Graduate and professional students or alumni, as well as young professionals who are U.S. citizens.

Campus Deadline: September

The Mary Gates Research Scholarship enhances educational experiences of undergraduate students while they are engaged in research guided by faculty.

Award: $5,000 over 2 quarters

Open to: All full-time enrolled UW Undergraduates

Deadline: October and January

The Mary Gates Leadership Scholarship encourages undergraduates to develop their leadership abilities through practical experiences/projects and personal reflection with peers and mentors.

Award: $5,000 over two quarters

Open to: All full-time enrolled UW Undergraduates

Deadline: October and January

Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 12-14 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They work as research assistants to Carnegie's senior scholars.

Award: Monthly Salary+benefits

Open to: Seniors or students who have graduated during the last year

Campus Deadline: December

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to either Native American nations or to the environment.

Award: $7,000

Open to: U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are sophomores or juniors

Campus Deadline: November

The Eastern Association on Indian Affairs was started in New York in 1922 to assist a group of Pueblo people seeking to protect their land rights. The following decades saw it growing and merging with other like-minded organizations and it became the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) in 1946.

Award: $1,500

Open to: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate, & U.S. Citizens

Deadline: Scholarship applications are announced and open every year in or around May

The American Indian Endowed Scholarship helps financially needy students with close social and cultural ties to an in-state American Indian community pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. Scholarship money comes from interest generated through an endowment funded by private contributions and the state. Students can use the scholarships at public colleges and universities and accredited independent colleges, universities, and career schools in Washington.

Award: $500-2,000

Open to: Freshmen, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate, U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, Undocumented, Ties with WA tribes

Deadline: February 1st, 2020

The WIGA College Scholarship Program is designed to promote tribal self-sufficiency by providing scholarships for Native American students in Washington seeking to advance their own self-sufficiency and broaden their personal and professional potential through higher education.

Award: Varies

Open to: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate, Any Citizen Type, U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident

Deadline: Mid-January through March 31st as the deadline

DDCSP @UW is designed for students who want to pursue their passion for nature conservation and environmental justice, and are at the beginning of their studies at a four-year college or university. Students from two-year colleges will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

While all applicants should be interested in a potential career in conservation, applicants do not need to be natural-science majors. We are looking for students interested in nature and wildlife conservation from any majors.  We create cohorts of students with a wide range of interests, experiences, and perspectives, asking only that they demonstrate a commitment to conservation and equity, and are curious, creative and enthusiastic.

Award: Unknown

Deadline: February 5th, 2020

Open to: Undergraduates (Mainly Freshmen, Sophomores). No graduate or international students. All majors.

The Killam Fellowships Program provides an opportunity for exceptional undergraduate students from universities in Canada and the United States to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country. Students may participate in the program either as a direct exchange student (registering at their home university, paying their home fees, and attending the host university as an exchange visitor) or as a self-placed visiting student (applying for and registering at the host university, and paying host tuition fees).

Award: $5,000 US dollars per semester, 800 mobility grant (Washington D.C.), $250 health insurance.

Open to: Undergraduate Students

Deadline: The application must be submitted according to the internal deadline of your institution (in the case of the direct exchange), or by January 31st (in the case of the open competition). Applications are for placement in Fall or Spring of the next school year. Please read how to apply for more details.

A one-time $4,000 scholarship is awarded to Native American college and technical students of any age, any tribe and in any state who have financial need and a minimum GPA of 3.25 based on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent GPA on the scaled used by the applicable educational institution. Applicants must be Native Americans and must be able to prove membership in a tribe that is recognized at a state and/or federal level. These awards are available for vocational training or college/university undergraduate or graduate students. Preference is given to undergraduate applicants.

*Note: the DAR offers numerous scholarships for undergraduate and graduate work. You can see a full list here.

Award: $4,000

Open to: Undergraduate and Graduate Students 

Deadline: January 31st 

Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. Jumpstart recruits and trains University of Washington students who provide language, social-emotional, and literacy programming for preschool children from under-resourced communities and promote quality early learning for all children.


  • Earn $16.39/hour for work-study eligible students
  • Earn a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award of about $1,270*
  • Earn academic credit (FQ GEN350 and WQ GEN346, and fulfills service learning requirement)
  • Work closely with other UW students
  • Work in the Seattle and South Seattle communities
  • Work towards closing the opportunity gap among Seattle’s youngest learners!

*The Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award is contingent upon AmeriCorps funding and is available to those who meet citizenship requirements. Must complete service term of 300 hours.