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. Our foundation staff is here to assist you with questions every step of the way.

Getting Started

Step 1: See What's Out There

Explore our available scholarships HERE to learn about the different awards, eligibility criteria, and what you'll need to apply. You can also view the Community Foundation's Universal Application HERE for 2023 to get a general idea of the types of questions asked during the application process.

Step 2: Prepare

For high school students: We recommend that you plan ahead and have the following information available before you begin your application.

  • Your academic transcript (official or unofficial)
  • ACT/SAT/PSAT scores from the exams you have taken. (Only required for the Learning Seed Foundation Scholarship & Dan R. Montgomery Scholarship)
  • A list of activities you participate in
  • Most scholarships require 2 Letters of Recommendation (Please note that you will need to upload these to your application)
  • Your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) amount from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). We recommend that you talk to your school counselor if you are unsure whether you should fill out a FAFSA or WASFA form.

Ecosystems Scholarship: For students with sophomore status or higher currently enrolled in a Washington State public college or university and who have declared their major field of study in natural resources or land use planning, we encourage you to learn more about this opportunity HERE.

Step 3: Apply

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.

Need Help?

For technical assistance or general questions with your application, please contact Melissa Rosscup (they/them) at or if you have more than a quick question and want to schedule a time to connect on Zoom, please view their Calendly link HERE to schedule an available meeting time.

Important Dates for 2023 Scholarships

  • Applications open on February 13 for most opportunities
  • Applications close on April 12
  • Students will be notified of award decisions by email by June 30. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be provided instructions on any next steps that are required to claim your scholarship award.


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

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