Scholarships

Young People, You've Got This!

We know that applying for scholarships is hard, and we know that you have limited time as you balance all your commitments and studies with anything else happening in your lives. Community Foundation staff is here to assist you with questions every step of the way.

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Scholarships Are Open!

Important Dates for 2024

  • February 5: Scholarship Applications Open
  • March 13: Scholarship Applications Close at 11:59 pm
  • Mid-May: Scholarship Decisions Will Be Communicated With All Student Applicants

Ecosystems Scholarship- If you are a student currently enrolled, as sophomore status or above, at one of the following institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University, The Evergreen State College, and have declared your major as natural resources or land use planning be sure to check out this scholarship opportunity. Click here to view a copy of the 2024 Ecosystems Scholarship Application.

Getting Started

1) Explore Available Scholarships to learn about the different awards, eligibility criteria, and what you'll need to apply. We recommend that you plan ahead and have the following information available before you begin your application:

  • Your academic transcript (official or unofficial)
  • A list of activities you participate in  
  • Letters of Recommendation from 2-3 individuals  
  • Your Student Aid Index (SAI) amount from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) FAFSA Submission Summary (FSS) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) Financial Aid Offer. It is recommended that you talk to your school counselor if you are unsure whether you should fill out a FAFSA or WASFA form.

NOTE: Earlier this year, the Department of Education shortened the application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and changed the SAI (formerly EFC) tables to reflect needs more accurately, especially for low-income student households. We have recently become aware that the new application has significant issues that are preventing families from applying successfully, and others are experiencing substantial delays. To ensure that we continue to serve student scholarship applicants, we are also allowing students to apply for open scholarship opportunities using a Federal Student Aid Estimator for those affected by these recent changes. Students who choose to submit a scholarship application using the FAFSA Estimator will need to email their FAFSA Student Summary or WASFA Financial Aid Offer to Community Foundation staff once received.

2) When filling out your application, read the instructions carefully and take the time to explore why we ask certain questions by clicking on the provided links.  Click here to view a copy of the 2024 Universal Application.

3) Check out some of these helpful hints and tools to help you navigate the many ways in which to finance your education. Click here to view a copy of additional scholarship resources.

Award Announcement & Payment

If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be provided instructions from Community Foundation staff on any next steps that are required to claim your scholarship award.

The Disbursement Schedule for 2024 is currently being updated and will be posted here soon.

Let's Connect!

If you need assistance using the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound's scholarship platform (SLM) for your 2024 scholarship application, or have questions regarding your eligibility we're here to help!

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Questions?

Want to learn more about grants and scholarships from the Community Foundation? Get in touch with our friendly staff today

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