Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards

Upcoming Merit Scholarships

Check this page often for news about upcoming merit scholarships. Deadlines are usually posted at least a month in advance to give you plenty of time to prepare your application. The below list of scholarships are just a sample of upcoming scholarships. Please look in the UW scholarship database for a much more extensive list.

The Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice

  • One Year Fellowship designed to advance social justice through health care advocacy work by focusing on the unique challenges facing many low-income and minority communities. Fellows will start in August of 2016 and spend a year working for Families in Washington, DC.
  • Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
  • The Wellstone Fellow’s primary responsibilities include performing research into health policy and developing content that promotes the reduction and elimination of disparities in health care.
  • Selected fellow will work in Washington D.C, receive an annual salary of $38,000 including health care benefits.
  • Deadline: February 12, 2016

Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program

  • The Innovations in Pain Research Summer Program exposes undergraduate students to interdisciplinary research in pain to stimulate interest in future careers in pain research
  • Offers immersive summer research experiences for seven UW students with faculty in both basic science and clinical research in the treatment of chronic pain
  • Students will receive a $4,000 stipend and engage in weekly research seminars and workshops, networking opportunities, and social activities.
  • Students with backgrounds in biological sciences, psychology, nursing, social work, and/or engineering with interests in exploring research in pain treatment are encouraged to apply.  
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  • Deadline: February, 16 2016

Japanese Government Scholarship for Japanese Studies

  • The Japanese Government's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) offers scholarships for academic study in Japan to foreign students interested in deepening their understanding of the Japanese language, Japanese affairs and Japanese culture
  • The purpose of these scholarships is to promote mutual understanding and  deepening friendly ties between Japan and other countries through the application of advanced knowledge regarding Japan’s language and culture
  • Award includes monthly stipend, airfare to and from Japan and exemption of school fees for entrance examination, matriculation, and tuition
  • To apply through the Seattle Consulate-General of Japan
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens living in Washington.
  • If applicants possess with dual citizenship with Japan and the U.S. are not eligible to apply, unless they renounce Japanese citizenship.
  • Applicants need to be 18 to 29 years of age majoring or minoring in Japan-related studies.
  • Deadline: February 18th, 2016

South Sound Construction Financial Manager's Association Scholarship

  • Scholarship aimed at recognizing and rewarding local college students who have demonstrated academic achievements and exhibit a strong desire to pursue a career in the construction/financial management industry upon graduation
  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior to be in the 2016/17 academic year. Master Degree and 5th year students are not eligible and must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.0
  • Must be enrolled in an accounting, or finance
  • Deadline: February 22, 2016

Leadership 1000 Scholarship                                                                             

  • Awarded based on merit and financial need, Leadership 1000 Scholarships support WA residents in completing a four-year degree.
  • Applicants must be low- and middle-income Washington State residents enrolled full-time for the academic year with a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Scholarships vary from $2,500 for one year to $5,000 for four years.
  • Deadline: February 24, 2016

UW Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities

  • A unique opportunity for selected undergraduates to earn full-time, academic credit through immersion in scholarly research.
  • Focused on a different topic each summer, the program brings together four faculty and twenty students in plenary, seminar and tutorial-style sessions from mid-June through mid-August.
  • Selected applicants will be named Mary Gates Scholars and receive a $4,000 scholarship for the research.
  • Deadline: March, 2016

C. E. Boucher

  • $3,000 scholarship is available to honor and support Engineering students studying at University of Washington
  • Apply through the WashBoard
  • Deadline: March 1, 2016

Walter H. Meyer - Garry L. White Memorial Scholarship

  • $5,000 scholarship is available to non-traditional students working towards an undergraduate
  • Undergraduate students must be over 24 years 
  • Graduate students must be over 30 years old
  • Apply through the WashBoard
  • Deadline: March 1, 2016  

Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship

  • $500-$2,500 scholarship available to support students of color who pursue college careers in journalism. This one-time scholarship and recipients are able to reapply
  • Established to honor Patricia Fisher, a Puget Sound native, journalist, educator and role model
  • Apply through the WashBoard
  • Deadline: March 16, 2016

Webucator Scholarships for Computer Science Students

  • $1,000 scholarships to support students who are studying Computer Science and who show the greatest potential for leadership in the field of computer science.
  • Scholarships are not limited to students who plan to go into the field of computer science and open to all students who study computer science with the intention of using the knowledge gained to provide leadership in their chosen field.
  • Student must be enrolled full time, with at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • They must have completed at least one computer science class* with a grade of at least 3.4 out of 4.0 or the equivalent.
  • Applicants must have concrete plans to take at least one computer science class in the upcoming school year and also agree that Webucator may announce his/her name and college on its website and social media.
  • Deadline: March 31, 2016

Other Resources

For a more comprehensive, chronological listing of scholarships, check out one of the following:

Mary Gates Scholarships

Fulbright Program

Campus Nominations

UWB Scholarships