State Scholarships

Washington State Scholarships

Washington State Scholarships

These opportunities are for students who live in WA state. Some may require attendance at a state school while others can transfer to out-of-state colleges.


theWashBoard Scholarships

To find more scholarships not listed here, create a free account at theWashBoard. This nonprofit search tool is designed to connect Washington students with local and state scholarships. The matchmaking profile delivers tailored awards based on your interests, goals, achievements, and qualifications.



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Indicates the award can be used at trade, vocational, or technical schools


Out-of-State Colleges

WUE Out-of-State College Tuition Program

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) program (pronounced Wooeee) is an agreement between 160 colleges and universities in the Western U.S. region to offer deep savings on non-resident tuition rates. Students who qualify for the program are guaranteed to pay no more than 150% of the institution's resident tuition.

Each school sets its own requirements for eligibility and admissions. Some, such as the University of Idaho, have few limitations while others may restrict majors, cap the number of students per state, set minimum GPA requirements, or impose special application deadlines. You are highly encouraged to reach out to the schools that you are interested in early in the year to discuss their WUE admission requirements and benefits.

  • View full list of participating WUE schools.
  • Search for WUE-eligible schools that provide degrees and certifications in your intended major.
  • Call each school's financial aid office to ask about the process to apply and to ensure your major is eligible.
  • You will apply directly to the educational institution.
  • Additional scholarship money may be automatically awarded based on GPA. For example, at the U of I, students with a minimum GPA of 3.75 receive an additional $2,000 scholarship on top of the nearly $16,000 tuition reduction.


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ACPE NW Scholarship

Association of Computer Professionals in Education

Opens: Dec. 1, 2023
Deadline: Feb. 20, 2024

Award: 5 scholarships up to $3,000

The ACPE Northwest Chapter recognizes graduating students in Washington and Oregon who are actively involved during their high school years in the innovative use of technology.

  • Planning to study a technology-related field.
  • Demonstrate your work through a project, such as a website, app, video, podcast, or webcast, that is produced sometime during the high school years.
  • Two 500-word essays about how you have acquired your technical knowledge and a description of your technology project.
  • Can be used at an two-year community college, trade school, or four-year university.


WSOS Scholarships

WSOS Baccalaureate Scholarship

Opens: Jan. 10, 2024
Deadline: Feb. 29, 2024

Award: $2,500 to $7,500, renewable for 5 years

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) aims to provide Washington residents access to the state's best, high-demand jobs and ensure companies have the diverse, local talent they need to innovate for the world and power the economy. To help businesses in Washington that are eager to fill science, technology, engineering, math, and health care jobs, the WSOS offers Opportunity Scholars financial assistance, mentorship, and career training.

The WSOS Baccalaureate Scholarship is for students who intend to earn their bachelor's degree.

  • Attend a four-year university, or start at a community college and plan to transfer to pursue a bachelor's degree.
  • Funding can be used for any eligible STEM or health care major in Washington state, such as computer science, nursing, or engineering.
  • 2.75 minimum GPA or a passing GED score.
  • FAFSA application required. To qualify for this income-based scholarship, a family of 4 must make $140,500 or less. See WSOS Eligible Household Income for more information.
  • Full award can total up to $22,500 and can cover costs beyond tuition, including housing, transportation, and food.


Seattle Foundation

Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship

Opens: Dec. 1, 2023
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2024

Award: $5,000 to $15,000, renewable for four years

In honor of Ina Goodwin Tateuchi and her husband Atsuhiko Tateuchi, the Seattle Foundation sponsors this scholarship to recognize students who demonstrate hard work, dedication, sincerity, and respect for education.

This scholarship is available to:

  • Students of Japanese or other Asian ancestry.
  • Residents of Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, or Alaska.
  • Students pursuing either an undergraduate degree or a vocational/trade program.
  • The Vocational and Trade scholarship is for students who plan to pursue a vocational or trade degree or certification, such as auto mechanic, carpenter, nurse, plumber, electrician, or HVAC.
  • Students pursuing an associate degree who intend to transition to a four-year university should apply to the College or Graduate Program scholarship.
  • Applicants who demonstrate financial need, but middle-income families are encouraged to apply.



Elks WA

WA Elks Association Vocational Grant

Opens: Fall 2023
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2024

Award: TBA

The Washington State Elks Association offers scholarships to high school seniors who demonstrate scholarship, leadership, and financial need.

  • Attend any community college or technical school to pursue a vocational education, such as pipefitting, machinist, electrician, HVAC, mechanic, carpenter, mason, cosmetology, or licensed practical nurse.
  • You do not need to be a member or have a family affiliation with in the Elks Association.
  • Judging is based on motivation, need, skills, and organization of application.
  • Submit two to four letters of recommendation that address the applicant's ability, school work habits, leadership, personality, and integrity
  • A 250-word statement summarizing activities, accomplishments, needs, objectives, and career goals.
  • Applications are submitted to the Elks Lodge closest to the applicant's residence.




WSSRA Foundation Scholarships

Opens: Nov. 27, 2023
Deadline: Mar. 1, 2024

Award: $900 to $3,000

The Washington State School Retirees' Association (WSSRA) supports students who plan to enter education careers with two scholarship programs that vary in financial support.

  • Pursue a degree to become a teacher, counselor, speech therapist, occupational therapist, social worker, or psychologist.
  • Leadership qualities in offices help, participation in community service, work experience, and non-scholastic activities are considered.
  • WSSR Foundation Scholarships, one $3,000 award and one $2,000 award are granted in each of the eight state regions.
  • PEMCO/Robert J. Handy Scholarships, two $900 awards that are redeemable for four years, are granted in each of the eight state regions.
  • Gene Forrester Memorial Scholarships, $2,000 award to two students attending Washington State University to major in Agriculture Education.
  • GPA requirement of 3.0.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation addressing your potential to become an educator and a resume.
  • In each of the eight regions, local WSSRA units may award additional scholarships.


Cancer Unwrapped Writing Contest

Cancer Unwrapped

Opens: Nov. 13, 2023
Deadline: Mar. 3, 2023

Award: Multiple scholarships awarded at $1,000

Cancer Unwrapped is an annual essay writing content for teens to share about their impactful experience with cancer, either their own or that of a loved one. Your story may highlight triumph or great loss. It may be written in times of turbulence or quiet reflection. It is honest, heartfelt, and unique.

  • Write a 1,500-word essay sharing your personal story.
  • Not eligible: Poems, essays about a pet, or fiction.
  • Open to teens in grades 9-12.
  • Recipients are invited to a virtual reception to read their essay.
  • To celebrate opening day of this year's contest, register for the virtual Cancer Unwrapped Writer's Workshop on Nov. 13 at 5 p.m. to meet other teens and brainstorm ideas for your essay.



Kelly Foundation Scholarships

Kelly Foundation Scholarship

Opens: Oct. 2, 2023
Deadline: Mar. 8, 2024

Award: Multiple scholarships awarded at $2,500

The Ewing C. Kelly Scholarship, named in honor of the longtime radio and television broadcaster, is offered to seniors in the state of Washington based on their citizenship, academic achievement, and financial need.

  • Applicants are judged on their academic merit, extracurricular achievements, both scholastically and in their community, and financial need.
  • Can be used at a two-year or four-year college or accredited trade school. You must be accepted, or have an application pending, at an accredited institution.
  • Submit SAT/ACT scores if the college you are applying to requires the test. No test scores are required for two-year schools.
  • Along with the application, turn in a one-page personal statement and three letters of recommendation.



Women at Microsoft Scholarship

Women at Microsoft Scholarship

Opens: Jan. 22, 2024
Deadline: Mar. 13, 2024

Award: Varies up to $5,000

Due to the dynamic nature of a career in technology, this scholarship is available to students pursuing any STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) fields of study. The selection committee is most interested in an applicant's plan to be engaged in a STEAM industry in their career, their passion for technology, and the difference technology can make in the world.

  • Identify as a woman or as non-binary.
  • Pursue a STEAM field career.
  • Minimum GPA 3.0.
  • Must be applying or accepted to to an accredited technical college, two-year college, or four-year university in the United States.
  • Awards are based on financial need, scholastic achievement, and passion for technology.



BAM Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Opens: Jan. 22, 2024
Deadline: Mar. 13, 2024

Award: $2,500 to $20,000

To support the continued growth of black employees and encourage careers in technology, in 2023, BAM gave out 50 scholarships totaling $212,500. Five students receive $5,000 for four years, totaling $20,000. Another 45 students receive one-time awards of $2,500. Recipients are also automatically considered for an internship at Microsoft.

To be considered for a BAM Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a U.S.-based high-school senior of African descent (e.g. African American, African, Ethiopian).
  • Plan to attend a four-year college or university in the U.S. in the fall immediately following your high-school graduation. Applicants are welcome who plan to begin their degree program at a two-year college and transfer to a bachelor's degree.
  • Plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs, such as finance, business administration, or marketing.
  • Demonstrate a passion for technology.
  • Demonstrate leadership at school or in the community.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Require financial assistance to attend college.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation, official transcript, and optional SAT/ACT score.
  • A 500-word essay describing how you plan to engage in the technology industry during your future career. Include any exemplary work in high school involving technology.


Microsoft Disability Scholarship

Microsoft Disability Scholarship

Opens: Jan. 22, 2024
Deadline: Mar. 13, 2024

Award: 8 students to receive $5,000

The Microsoft Disability Scholarship seeks to empower high school seniors with disabilities to achieve more through access to education leading to a career in technology.

  • Living with a disability that can be visual, hearing, mobility, cognitive, or speech related.
  • Plan to major in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, business, the legal field, finance, business administration, or marketing.
  • Essay topic, 2,000 words max: Based on your experience with disability, share your vision for new technology innovation to enhance inclusion and empower individuals in the disability community to achieve more in their lives.
  • Demonstrate leadership at school or in the community.
  • Minimum GPA 2.5.
  • Letter of recommendation.
  • Require financial assistance to attend college.
  • Can be used at vocational or academic colleges and applied to half-time enrollment.
  • The scholarship is renewable up to four years for a total of $20,000.



WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship

WIAA Smart Choices Scholarship

Opens: Fall 2023
Deadline: Mar. 15, 2024

Award: $1,000 to 12 students and $5,000 to 3 students

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) oversees the policies, rules, and regulations of WA schools to ensure equitable playing conditions. Each year, WIAA partners with Gesa Credit Union, the Dairy Farmers of WA, and Les Schwab Tires to recognize graduating seniors for their accomplishments in 19 different activities, including sports programs as well as music, debate, and drama.

Applicants are selected based on:

  • Athletics/school activities -- 30%
  • Leadership -- 20%
  • Citizenship/Community Service -- 10%
  • 500-word essay creativity on the life skills you have gained by participating in your high school activities -- 5%
  • Academics -- must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and cannot have a suspension, disciplinary probation, or criminal charge during senior year.
  • Financial need is considered but not a huge determining factor.



WA Masonic Scholarships

Washington Masonic Services Scholarships

Opens: Nov. 1, 2023
Deadline: Mar. 31, 2024

Awards: $3,000 to $3,750

The Washington Masonics is committed to investing in local youth to help improve their lives by helping them reach their full potential. Scholarships are available from Masonic Lodge and Masonic Groups that have varying criteria, award amounts, and deadlines. Applicants must be a Washington state high school senior planning to pursue higher education.

Additionally, local lodges may offer independent scholarship programs.

The following scholarships are open to children/dependants, grandchildren, and siblings of Washington masons, current or deceased, in good standing or members of the Washington Masonic Youth Orders.

The following programs are available:

  • The Masonic Legacy Scholarship, valued at $3,750, is given to 4 students. Minimum 3.0 GPA required to apply.
  • The Scottish Rite Masonic Legacy Scholarship provides $3,250 to 8 students. Minimum 3.0 GPA required to apply.
  • A $3,000 Masonic Youth Order Scholarship is given to one senior per Youth Order. The applicant must be a current member of Rainbow, Job's Daughters, or DeMolay.
  • The Henry and Jenifer Herrmann Scholarship awards 5 immigrant students with $3,000 to start their first year of studies. A B average is required for English-speaking applicants, or a C average for non-English speaking applicants. Students from the Ukraine and Latin America are given preference
  • Grand Court of Washington - Order of Amaranth provides multiple $1,000 awards to students who have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Deadline is Jan. 1, 2024.
  • Order of Eastern Star - Grand Chapter of Washington gives multiple scholarships of varying amounts to students who have earned 45 credits of college course work, including Running Start.
  • The $1,500 Susie Holmes Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a female who promotes friendship and impartiality and exhibits good character and integrity.
  • Job's Daughters Supreme Guardian Council awards several $750 scholarships to students who have an outstanding ability and sincerity of purpose.
  • The Frank S. Land Scholarship awards multiple active DeMolay members with a $3,000 scholarship.
  • The Rainbow Dad's Scholarship gives multiple awards, renewable for a second year, to Rainbow Girls in Washington and Idaho who have completed their first year of post-secondary education, including Running Start.



American Legion

American Legion Department of WA Youth Scholarship

Opens: Fall 2023
Deadline: Apr. 1, 2024

Award: One $1,500 and one $2,500

  • The son or daughter of a living or deceased member of The American Legion, Department of WA, or its auxiliary.
  • Applicants are evaluated on the basis of presentation, family financial needs, goals, commitment to goals, and initiative.
  • Consider grades from the last three semesters prior to April 1.
  • Attend an accredited college, university, trade, or vocational school in the state of Washington.
  • Attach a letter of recommendation and a personal letter explaining why you are applying for this scholarship and describing your future goals.
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA during post-secondary school.
  • Scholarship applications are approved at the local post level and then forwarded to the Department of Washington Children & Youth Commission.



Comeau Environmental Scholarship

Carol S. Comeau Environmental Scholarship

Opens: Fall 2023
Deadline: Apr. 1, 2024

Award: $1,500 to 4 students 

In order to save the planet from climate-driven disasters, environmental science and conservation are more important than ever. This scholarship supports high school seniors from Washington state who are planning to pursue environmental studies at a four-year university or trade school. 

  • 600-word maximum essay about how you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your pursuit of environmental studies. 


WA Home Builders Foundation

Washington Home Builders Foundation Scholarships

Opens: Nov. 1, 2023
Deadline: Apr. 8, 2024

Award: $1,000 to $5,000

The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) founded the Washington Home Builders Foundation in 2012 to address educational and workforce needs by unlocking academic opportunities and career possibilities and building a culture of innovative, enthusiasm, and excellence in the industry.

The foundation has awarded more than $830,000 in scholarships and grants to Washington state students who demonstrate a passion for, and commitment to, developing a career in the home building industry. Last year's recipients are now studying welding, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, project management, construction management, architectural design, and interior design.

  • Awards are evaluated on academic record, work experience, community service, school activities, recommendations, and essay. Applicants must be applying to a Washington state accredited community, vocational, technical college, or university.
  • Three letters of recommendation describing your qualifications and an academic transcript.
  • 250-word essay on your career goals.
  • Students can demonstrate a need for additional funding to complete their programs in a construction industry-related field of study.
  • The award may be renewable in subsequent years.



WWIN Star Scholar

WWIN Star Scholars

Opens: Jan. 9, 2024
Deadline: Apr. 12, 2024

Award: Up to $5,000, renewable for four years

Washington Women in Need (WWIN) recognizes female students who are determined, driven, and have a deep desire to build a better future for themselves. Their goal is to spark positive change for themselves, their families, and their communities. More than $825,000 is earmarked to help WWIN Star Scholars pay for tuition and books at a Washington college, university, or trade school.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • You identify as a woman and are a resident of Washington state.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA.
  • Narrative questions about you and the future you want to create for yourself.
  • Must submit the FAFSA, a Student Aid Report and Financial Aid Award Letter from the school you plan to attend, and demonstrate an unmet financial need.
  • May be used at an accredited two-year college, four-year university, technical certification program, or trade school.



WA CPA Foundation

Washington Society of CPA Associate Accounting Scholarship

Open: Fall 2023
Deadline: Apr. 14, 2024

Award: $2,000 to 20 students

The Washington CPA Foundation awards more than half a million dollars to accounting students each year. Scholarships are awarded to students who have an interest in becoming an accountant or CPA and demonstrate a passion for the profession.  

  • Entering your first or second year in a two-year or four-year college in Washington state.
  • Carry a cumulative 2.5 GPA in high school.
  • Students are recognized for their community engagement, including jobs, internships, volunteer positions, or leadership roles on campus or in the community.
  • Two essays describing your passion for studying accounting, how it aligns with your goals, and how the scholarship will help you overcome any challenges in meeting those goals.
  • Submit an unofficial transcript.
  • Contact information for a personal reference, who may be an educator, supervisor, mentor, or volunteer coordinator.
  • Recipients are invited to join an online series during their scholarship term to explore various accounting career pathways and resources.



Sea Mar Scholarships

Sea Mar Scholarships

Opens: Jan. 1, 2024
Deadline: Apr. 15, 2024

Award: $1,000-$2,500

Since 1998, Sea Mar Community Health Centers has been committed to helping students who face economic barriers by providing scholarships for college, to help them accomplish their goals and succeed in life. Each year, more than 100 scholarships are awarded to Washington state students.

  • Latino/a Educational Achievement Project Scholarship, $2,500
    • Recognizes students who are go-getters and demonstrate a history of advocacy, responsibility, accountability, and perseverance.
    • Strong sense of obligation to improving or advancing your community.
    • Committed to achieving educational and leadership goals.
    • Exhibit financial need due to individual/family hardship.
    • Answer 5 essay questions between 300-500 words, including a personal experience that has defined your character, a historical event you would change, and characteristics you admire in a particular leader.
  • Farmworker Scholarship, $1,000
    • Recognizes the barriers, including economic, language, and cultural, that children of farm-working families face in their pursuit of a college degree.
    • Must be a student who works or has worked on a farm, or the child of a farm worker, which includes agriculture, fishery, forest labor, or dairy labor. It does not include farm, ranch, meat-processing, or owners of agricultural or dairy businesses.
    • Show commitment to your education, demonstrate leadership, and cares for the community.
    • Exhibit financial need due to individual/family hardship.
    • Answer 4 essay questions between 300-500 words, including how farm life has influenced the way you see the world and what things in your community would you like to change.


WSADA Bright Future Scholarship

WSADA Bright Future Scholarship

Opens: Nov. 11, 2023
Deadline: Apr. 26, 2024

Award: $3,000 to 9 students

The Washington State Auto Dealers Association (WSADA) is committed to helping high school seniors achieve their academic goals. Since 2008, more than $200,000 has been awarded to 74 students.

  • Awarded to 6 students who plan to enroll in a Washington State automotive technology program.
  • Awarded to 3 students who currently work, or has a family member who is employed, at a WSADA-member dealership.
  • A personal statement on why you want to be an automotive technician.
  • A letter of recommendation for an automotive training program instructor or advisor.
  • Visit a WSADA member dealership to meet with a service manager, advisor, or technician to ask them why you should consider consider working at a dealership upon program completion.
  • Scholarship may be renewable for an additional $500.



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Believe In Me Foundation

Believe in Me Scholarship Program

Information Session: Feb. 17, 2024
Deadline: Mar. 15, 2024

Award: Varies; $50,000 in scholarship funds are awarded to students

The Believe in Me scholarship aims to uplift marginalized students who demonstrate leadership, grit, and perseverance on their pathways toward educational success. The committee of this Spokane-based organization is looking for applicants who:

  • First-time college students within Washington state or north Idaho.
  • Pursuing education at a two-year college, four-year university, independent private career school, or trade school.
  • Cumulative 2.75 GPA in high school or a GED.
  • Identifies with a cultural or ethnic group, lives with a disability or mental health issues, is a foster youth or adopted, has an incarcerated parent, teen or single-parent, differing sexual orientation or gender identity, or experienced domestic violence.
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities, work, religious, or volunteer activities.
  • Requires a video submission, essay, and recommendations.




PNACAC Student Scholarship

Opens: Mid-Feb.
Deadline: Mid-Mar.

Award: $2,000 to 10 students

The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) selects 10 students to support during their first year at a regionally accredited college or university.

  • Washington high school senior in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington and plans to attend a regionally accredited college or university in the coming fall.
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative, unweighted GPA or higher.
  • Submit a one-minute video essay with your application on what you want to be doing in 10 years or how your school counselor helped you find the right college fit.



Pointe Pest Control

"Pay It Forward" Scholarship

Opens: TBA
Deadline: Apr. 29, 2024

Award: $750

To earn this scholarship from Pointe Pest Control, you will simply need to do something good for someone else. Include a note telling them to pass it on.

  • Must be a resident of Washington state.
  • Bonus points are awarded for including pictures and for each referral you get on your friend's scholarship application.
  • Earn more bonus points by playing the Pointe Pest Control game and taking a screenshot of your highest score.


WSOS Scholarships

WSOS Career and Technical Scholarship

Opens: Mar. 5, 2024, for Fall Quarter registration
Deadline: Apr. 10, 2024

Award: $1,500 to $3,500 per quarter

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) aims to provide Washington residents access to the state's best, high-demand jobs and ensure companies have the diverse, local talent they need to innovate for the world and power the economy. To help businesses in Washington that are eager to fill trade, STEM, and healthcare jobs, the WSOS offers Opportunity Scholars financial assistance, mentorship, and career training.

The WSOS Career and Technical Scholarship is for students who intend to earn their certification, apprenticeship, or associate degree.

  • Can be applied to a certificate, apprenticeship, or associate degree program in STEM, health care, and the trades.
  • More than 1,000 eligible programs at all 34 of the state's community and technical colleges.
  • Funding is received for the duration of the program or until 15 terms of state financial aid is received.
  • The application process opens each quarter for Fall, Winter, and Spring registration.
  • FAFSA application required. To qualify for this income-based scholarship, a family of 4 must make $140,500 or less. See WSOS Eligible Household Income for more information.
  • If you are a resident of Stevens County, you will automatically be considered for the Rural Jobs Initiative (RJI) program, which provides $3,500 in the first quarter, $2,500 in the second quarter, and $2,000 per additional quarter until graduation or 15 terms of state financial aid.



Numerica Scholarship

Numerica Starting Off Right Scholarship

Opens: Apr. 1, 2024
Deadline: Apr. 30, 2024

Award: $1,000

Numerica believes in the connection between education and well-being. It boosts resiliency, increases earning potential, and equips us with skills to make our community a better place.

  • 4 of the 10 students selected will be from the Spokane region.
  • Applicants must be a Numerica member in good standing.
  • Washington high school senior enrolling in a trade, vocational, certificate, associate, or bachelor's degree program in the fall.
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation.
  • Answer the application's four narrative questions.
  • Submit your FAFSA Student Index Aid score and the acceptance letter from your higher education program.
  • Study for and complete the Preparing to Pay for College quiz and then submit a screenshot of the confirmation screen.
  • Dependants and immediate family members of Numerica employees may apply.



A4LE Scholarship

Merle Kirkley Merit Scholarship

Opens: Apr. 1, 2024
Deadline: Jun. 17, 2024

Award: $3,000

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) offers this competitive merit-based scholarship to support students who intend to pursue a major or certificate in a field relating to educational facility planning and design.

  • Plan to study school planning, architecture, product services, construction management, or civil, structural, mechanical, or electrical engineering.
  • Creative and insightful essay outlining what you would change about the physical facilities of your high school.
  • Submit transcripts through winter quarter of senior year.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation and proof of college acceptance.


Brain Injury Alliance of WA

Brain Injury Alliance of Washington Academic Scholarship

Opens: Apr. 1, 2024
Deadline: Jun. 30, 2024

Award: $1,000

The BIAWA Higher Education Scholarship provides financial assistance to Washington residents who plan to enroll in a program that advances brain injury knowledge.

  • You are a survivor of a brain injury, including a concussion, and can verify it through medical records or BIAWA staff, board member, or support group facilitator.
  • The award can be used for professional certification or a bachelor's degree at a college, university, vocational, or technical school.
  • Letter of recommendation.



Make a Difference Foundation

Make a Difference Foundation Scholarship

Opens: May 24, 2024
Deadline: Jun. 30, 2024

Award: $1,500 scholarship awarded to 10 WA and CA seniors

The Make a Difference Foundation (MADF) believes that education is the greatest equalizer.

  • Must reside in Washington or California.
  • Enroll in an accredited college, school, or university.
  • Recipients demonstrate a financial need as demonstrated in financial aid award letter.
  • Past scholarship winners can apply annually up to a maximum of 4 years.
  • Relatives of employees and board members are not eligible.



LHS & Local Scholarships


Don't miss these local community scholarships that are open to students who live in Nine Mile Falls, either in Spokane or Stevens County, or attend Lakeside High School. Most provide funding for technical career training, community college programs, and four-year degrees. 



State Grant Programs


Washington state provides one of the most generous financial aid programs in the country, yet Washington students missed out on $50 million in 2022 by failing to file the FAFSA.

In order to qualify for free money in the form of state grants, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. No separate applications are required for this state-based money. Eligibility and award amounts are determined by financial need, which is based on household income, and vary between each school.

To learn more about WA State grants, view opportunities available on the LHS Federal and State Financial Aid page, including the:

  • College Bound Scholarship
  • Washington Grant
  • Opportunity Grant for Community and Technical Colleges
  • Washington State Governors' Scholarship for Foster Youth
  • Passport to Careers for Foster Youth
  • American Indian Endowed Scholarship



Closed for the 2023-2024 School Year


TFK Dave Henderson

Dave Henderson Scholarship

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2023

Award: $5,000

Established to recognize outstanding WA high school seniors that exemplify the high standards and commitment to the community that Dave Henderson, former major league baseball player, believed in.

  • GPA 2.5 and above.
  • Submit a 250 to 300 word double-spaced essay on the topic: How does continuing your education make you smile every day?


College Success Foundation

Leadership 100 Scholarship

Opens: Oct. 1, 2023
Deadline: Nov. 30, 2023

Award: $5,000, renewable up to 4 years, plus career and financial guidance and networking

Funded by the College Success Foundation, the Leadership 1000 Scholarship

  • Attend a Washington state college or university as a full-time student.
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA through spring 2023 term. If your GPA is lower, you are allowed to submit at a later date your fall 2023 grades showing you meet eligibility.
  • FAFSA required. To qualify for this Leadership 100 Income Requirements scholarship, a family of four cannot exceed $84,500 annually.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation by Dec. 7.
  • If you are a Running Start student, you can apply if you have completed less than the 90 credits required for an associate degree.
  • Along with the scholarship award, Leadership Scholars have exclusive access to career and financial guidance services as well as networking opportunities with CSF alumni and scholarship donors.


Pride Foundation

GSBA and Pride Foundation Scholarships

Opens: Oct. 11, 2023
Deadline: Jan. 5, 2024

Award: Varies; In 2023, 113 students were awarded nearly $760,000

The Pride Foundation Scholarship program supports LGBTQ+ students who are leaders in their own lives, families, communities, fields of study, workplaces, or movements for justice. Students can apply for more than 60 scholarships, which cover a variety of characteristics and majors, with just one application. 

  • Open to residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington, but you may study elsewhere.
  • Available to those who identify as LGBTQ+ or questioning, children who come from LGBTQ+ families, and allied students who reflect a strong history of acting in support of LGBTQ+ people. 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to advancing justice and the well-being of your communities in the past, present, and future.
  • Have experienced family rejection and/or have not been able to access a larger community support system.
  • Face systemic barriers to educational access and have been impacted by systemic discrimination and oppression.
  • Demonstrate financial need and lacks familial or other financial supports.
  • Submit three written or video essays and resume along with optional letters of recommendation and portfolios.
  • Students can receive as many scholarships as they are eligible for. In 2023, the average award was $6,700, and the largest total award was $31,500.



Seattle Foundation

Lambeth Family Scholarship

Opens: Nov. 20, 2023
Deadline: Jan. 16, 2024 by 1 p.m.

Award: $3,000, renewable up to 4 years, given to 8 students

Sponsored by the Seattle Foundation, the Lambeth Family Scholarship requires applicants to:

  • Be a resident of the state of Washington.
  • Be high school seniors, graduates, or current college undergraduates.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Plan to pursue a degree in engineering, natural sciences, mathematics, computer science/information technology, environmental studies, forestry, economics, or business.
  • Selection is based on academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, and work experience.
  • Submit a statement of educational and career goals and objectives and a letter of recommendation.
  • High school transcript.
  • Financial need must be demonstrated.
  • Enroll half-time or full-time at an accredited technical school, two-year community college, or four-year public university.
  • Renewal is contingent on maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA in college.



WA State Fair Scholarships

WA State Fair Foundation

Opens: Dec. 1, 2023
Deadline: Jan. 31, 2024

Award: Multiple Scholarship Opportunities

The Washington State Fair Foundation awards more than $160,000 in scholarships each year to provide students with a "Fair Chance" at a college education.

Students submit a single application to automatically apply to the nearly 20 awards sponsored by the Blue Ribbon Scholarship Program. Prior involvement with the Fair (e.g. 4H or FFA) and financial aid may be considered, but neither is required.

Opportunities include:

  • Fair Chance Scholarship, $3,000 to 20 students.
  • Fair Chance Trade School Scholarship, $3,000 to 2 students.
  • Kent & Carolyn Hojem Music Scholarship, $4,000 to a student pursuing a career in the music industry.
  • Hojem Forestry Science Scholarship, $4,000 to a student pursuing a degree in silviculture/forestry or a closely related field, such as forest biology, wood science and technology, or natural resources.
  • Ren Martin Trade School/Career Training Endowment, $1,000 to 2 students.
  • Bob and Lorraine Lightbody Endowment, $1,000 to 2 students who make a difference in their school or community by helping others.
  • Community Hero Scholarship, $2,500 to 2 students who have exhibited dedication and selflessness to inspire or enrich the lives of others.
  • Anderson Criminal Justice Scholarship, $5,000 to a student pursuing a career in law enforcement, including police, game warden, or corrections officer.
  • Wrangler Agriculture Education Scholarship, $1,500 to students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field or veterinary sciences.
  • Korum Family Arts Scholarship Competition, $1,500 to $2,500 for first through third place in the competition.


ESA Foundation

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation

Opens: Sept. 1, 2023
Deadline: Feb. 1, 2024

Award: Multiple scholarship opportunities, ranging from $500-$1,600

The ESA Foundation is dedicated to promoting continuing education and positive community action.

  • Nearly 20 Washington state scholarships are awarded each year with varying requirements and judging criteria.
  • Scholarships are available for students interested in a range of of fields, including nursing, interior design, education, veterinary, and cosmetology.
  • Special interest scholarships are earmarked for students with epilepsy, IEP plans, and cancer survivors.
  • There is no cost to create an account, but there is a $5 processing fee for each scholarship you apply to.
  • Only one current transcript is needed to apply for all scholarships.


WSECU Scholarship

WSECU Scholarship

Opens: Dec. 15, 2023
Deadline: Feb. 12, 2024

Award: $2,000-$3,000

The Washington State Employees Credit Union awarded nearly $100,000 to 38 students last year.

  • Students with a bank account at WSECU or who open one.
  • $2,000 awards for two-year college/vocational school.
  • $3,000 awards for four-year undergraduate programs.
  • A FAFSA form is required to apply.
  • The scholarship committee selects recipients based on academic record, financial need, school and community involvement, letters of recommendation, and two 500-word essays.