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Seattle Foundation Scholarship Programs
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2024 3:00 pm CT

Seattle Foundation has established a scholarship program to assist students who plan to continue their education in college or vocational school programs.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarships and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations, and individuals. Eligibility for individual programs is determined at the sponsor’s sole discretion, and Scholarship America’s evaluation team reviews eligible applications.

One common application is completed to apply to any of the below scholarship funds. Applicants must meet the following criteria for one or more of the scholarships listed:

Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship

  • Be high school seniors or graduates or current college undergraduates
  • Self-identity as a person of African descent
  • Be residents of Washington state
  • Plan to enroll or currently enrolled in full-time undergraduate study in Communications* at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in Washington state for the entire upcoming academic year**
  • Must demonstrate financial need

*Areas of study include but are not limited to: Print, Photo, Broadcast Journalism, Multimedia, and Online Journalism

**Applicants that are residents of Washington state may attend any accredited two-year or four-year college, university within the United States. Applicants that are non-residents of Washington state must attend an accredited two-year of four-year college, university in Washington state.

Yuri and Tatsuo Nakata Scholarship

  • Be high school seniors graduating from one of the following high schools in Seattle, Washington:
    • Roosevelt High School
    • Cleveland High School
    • Franklin High School
  • Self-identify as a person of Asian heritage
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Must demonstrate financial need

Dominic and Jessie Vitulli

  • Be high school seniors graduating from one of the following high schools within the Northshore School District in the state of Washington:
    • Bothell High School
    • Inglemoor High school
    • North Creek High School
    • Woodinville High School
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited four-year college or university located in the state of Washington for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens

Theresa Earenfight Liberation History Scholarship

  • Be current college undergraduate or graduate-level students
  • Plan to enroll in a full-time undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school for the entire upcoming academic year
  • Have a declared major in history and be interested in how history expands our understanding of animal activism, animal rights, environmental activism, veganism, feminist animal rights, intersection jussive, or other intersecting topics.
  • Demonstrated passion for the subject: the intersection of social justice and animal liberation within a historical context

Awards

Seattle Foundation has the option to add more awards.
Recipients are eligible to receive more than one award.

Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award. Up to 3 awards will be granted. Awards are one-time only and are not renewable. Past recipients may reapply, however preference will be given to new applicants.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

In addition to receiving the Patricia Fisher Endowed Scholarship, recipients will also be matched with a mentor who is a Seattle Association of Black Journalists (SABJ) member.

Yuri and Tatsuo Nakata Scholarship

If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $2,500 award. Up to 3 awards will be granted. Awards are one-time only and are not renewable. Past recipients may not reapply.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Awards can be used for all educational-related expenses, including tuition, fees, room and board, books, and supplies.

Dominic and Jessie Vitulli

The distribution for new awards is $5,000. The specific number of awards and award amounts will be determined at selection.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in a full-time course of study and continuation of the program by Seattle Foundation.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Theresa Earenfight Liberation History Scholarship

The number of awards and award amounts will be determined at selection.

Awards may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in a full-time course of study in the eligible major and continuation of the program by Seattle Foundation.

Awards are for undergraduate and graduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of:

  • Academic record
  • Demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities
  • Work experience
  • A statement of educational and career goals and objectives
  • Unusual personal or family circumstances
  • An online recommendation

Financial need, as calculated by Scholarship America, must be demonstrated for the student to receive an award.

Selection of recipients is made by Scholarship America. In no instance does any officer or employee of Seattle Foundation play a part in the selection. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.

Notification

All applicants will be notified in April.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship America processes scholarship payments on behalf of Seattle Foundation. Payment is made in August.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • A current, complete transcript of grades. Unofficial transcripts are accepted, however, grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.

NOTE: If you are providing SAT or ACT test scores, and those scores are not listed on your high school transcript, you will need to upload a copy of your test score report(s) separately. If you are uploading a college transcript, those scores are not required.

One online recommendation form must be submitted on your behalf no later than March 6, 2024 3:00 pm Central Time.

Your application is not complete unless all required materials are submitted electronically.

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