UW Scholarship information

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards (OMSFA) will be offering several scholarship-related services during spring quarter to assist undergraduate students in their scholarship search and application processes.


Students are encouraged to join our e-mail list to directly receive e-mails with current information about selected upcoming scholarship programs, information sessions, workshops, and other opportunities and events. We will send messages to the list no more than weekly. We’re also on Facebook!


Starting March 30, 2010, OMSFA will offer drop-in advising services every Tuesday from 2-5pm. Students are welcome to stop by for brief (20 min.) advising sessions, on a first-come-first-served basis. Sign up at the front desk in 120 MGH for the next available advising slot. Students who would like to schedule a longer appointment in advance are still welcome to request an appointment online or by e-mail.


Sessions provide students with essential information needed to determine interest, eligibility and suitability for these competitive programs. Sessions will also contain information about the campus application processes and the assistance students will receive if selected as campus nominees.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

April 19, 2010, 4:30-6:00pm, Smith Hall 205

May 12, 2010, 5:30-6:30pm, UW Bothell, UW1-391

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to give students, artists, and other professionals opportunities to pursue graduate study, research, or teach English in over 155 nations. A U.S. Student Fulbright Grant:

Allows for individually designed study/research or an English Teaching Assistantship. You can propose a project and/or study plan that will take place during one academic year in a country outside the U.S.

Provides support for study/research/teaching in a single country. (For exceptions, see World Region Summaries) You can meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.

Facilitates cultural exchange. Through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in daily tasks, you can gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

Promotes mutual understanding. Through engagement in the community, you can interact with your hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom.

Carnegie Endowment Jr. Fellowship Information Sessions

April 27, 2010, 3:30-4:20pm, Thomson 317

May 5, 2010, 4:30-5:20pm, Mary Gates Hall 258

Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers 8-10 one-year fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year. They are selected from a pool of nominees from close to 400 participating colleges. Carnegie Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment’s senior associates. Those who have begun graduate studies are not eligible for consideration. Positions are paid, full-time positions for one year. Junior fellows are currently paid a gross salary of $2,916.66 per month ($35,000 per year). A full benefits package is also provided.

Luce Scholars Program Information Sessions

May 4, 2010, 3:30-5:00pm, MGH 258

May 19, 2010, 4:30-6:00pm, MGH 258

Graduating seniors, recent alums, graduate and professional students at UW are now eligible to apply for the Luce Scholars Program. The UW will nominate 3 students per year to compete for the opportunity to spend 12 months in Asia. The program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program.


Personal Statement Writing Workshops

Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 3:30-5:00pm, MGH 258

Monday, May 3, 2010, 3:30-5:00pm, MGH 258

The Personal Statement is an important part of an application package. Applying for scholarships, internships, and graduate/professional programs often requires a personal statement or application letter. This type of writing asks writers to outline their strengths confidently and concisely, which can be challenging. Personal Statement Workshops will provide students with essential information to develop an understanding of writing about their interests, eligibility and suitability and learn how their statements provide evidence of their achievements that aren’t reflected in other parts of the application.

Space is limited; please register to reserve your spot.

Curriculum Vitae Writing Workshop

Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 3:30-5:00pm, MGH 258

Thursday, May 13, 2010, 3:30-5:00pm, MGH 258

Develop your undergraduate CV/Resume for use in scholarship, fellowship, research opportunities, and graduate school applications! A Curriculum Vitae (“CV” or “vitae”) is a comprehensive, biographical statement emphasizing your professional qualifications and activities. A CV is similar to a resume, but an advantage to the CV format is the significant freedom to choose the headings and categories for your information and the strength reflected in their arrangement. Bring a working draft, such as an existing resume, and a list of activities including: Honors, Awards & Prizes received no longer than 5 years ago, Academic and Research Activities, Community Service Involvement, Work History, and Activities outside of the Academic Environment. In this workshop you will have the opportunity to work with Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards staff to develop and strengthen a draft of your CV!

Space is limited; please register to secure your space!


These weekly informal discussions during spring quarter 2010 allow students to chat about scholarships and the application process with OMSFA staff and in some cases, past scholarship recipients.  Weekly meetings are guided by specific themes. Bring your lunch!

International Affairs/Public Policy Scholarships, April 13, 2010 12:30-1:20pm, 120 MGH

STEM Scholarships, April 20, 2010, 12:30-1:20pm, 120 MGH

Study Abroad & Language Study Scholarships, April 27, 2010, 12:30-1:20pm, 120 MGH

Gap Year, Grad School, Teaching Scholarships, May 4, 2010, 12:30-1:20pm, 120 MGH

Environmental, Service, Leadership Scholarships, May 11, 2010, 12:30-1:20pm, 120 MGH


The Pearson Prize

The Pearson Prize is designed to reward those students who have made a significant impact on their local campus and/ or in their local community through work on specific projects and programs. The Pearson Prize will tell the story of these students, their work and their commitment, so that students at all levels can be inspired by their example.

Deadline: April 11, 2010.

UW Class of 1954 Achievement Scholarship

Sponsored by the University of Washington Alumni Class of 1954 in honor of their 50th Class Reunion, the Class of 1954 Achievement Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students at the UW who, by their achievements and goals, enrich society and themselves. Scholarships are awarded to current UW juniors and seniors on the basis of academic merit and extra-curricular activities. Funding may be used to support activities engaged in during Summer 2010.

Deadline: April 13, 2010.

UW Class of 1957 Scholar Award

The Class of 1957 Scholar Award is sponsored by the UW Alumni Class of 1957 to provide scholarship support to outstanding undergraduate students at the University of Washington. The scholarship shall be awarded to current sophomores, juniors and seniors based upon their academic merit and financial need. (Graduating seniors are not eligible unless they intend to enroll as a full-time student summer or fall quarter 2010.)

Deadline: April 13, 2010.

UK Scholarships – Churchill, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes Scholarships

The UK and Ireland Scholarship application process provides students with the opportunity to present their qualifications for the campus nomination for scholarships that support graduate studies at colleges and universities in England, Ireland, Scotland and Whales.

Campus Deadline: April 14, 2010.

Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The program provides funding for an academic year of study abroad (2011-2012) for undergraduate and graduate students and qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host country and give presentations about their homelands. Upon returning home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to greater understanding of their host countries. Applicants must apply through their local Rotary club.

University Rotary Club Deadline: April 20, 2010.