APPLY for a Scholarship

APPLICATIONS FOR 2022-23 are open

Due May 19, 2022

Welcome new and returning applicants!!  Here’s what you need to do to apply.

There are two separate application processes: one for NEW applicants, and one for RETURNING applicants. 

NEW applicants are students who did not receive a scholarship award in 2021-22. To find out if you are eligible for this scholarship, read the “Who is Eligible” section below.

Instructions for NEW Students

  • FILL OUT new student online application below. You will need a Google account.

This application will be sent automatically to the scholarship committee.

  • Email a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor to
  • Email a photo of your face (so we can recognize you!) to
  • Email a copy of your end of year 2021-22 transcript, once it is available from your school, to
  • Complete your FAFSA or WASFA application (send to FAFSA or WASFA)
  • Meet with scholarship committee after we have received your application materials


Instructions for RETURNING Students

RETURNING applicants will receive an application for 2022-23 emailed from their assigned mentor. This email will give full instructions for how to apply.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE for a scholarship?

  • Any student who has attended the Seattle World School (SWS) at any time, and who is graduating or has graduated from any Seattle public high school, including the Seattle World School
  • SWS alumni who aged out of Seattle public school (i.e., turned 21 before graduating)
  • Past SWS students who have already started college
  • Students who have gotten the SWS scholarship in the past
  • Past SWS students who took time away from school to work

Students who are eligible are awarded regardless of immigration status.  If you cannot get FAFSA or WASFA aid due to status, you may be eligible for additional scholarship support.  We encourage you to continue with your education plans.

This scholarship can be awarded for 2 or 4 year college, or for a job training program to prepare you for a job. Any public school or job training program in Washington state is eligible, but we do not award for private schools.

Students who sign up for the Promise program should still apply for this scholarship. For most students, Promise only covers tuition (cost of your classes) that FAFSA or WASFA doesn’t cover. You should still apply if you are low income and need more funds to be able to continue your education, or if you want the personal mentoring that comes with our program.

Students can attend as part-time or full-time students in your college, vocational. or technology program. We understand that you may need to work while going to school, and that attending full time may not be possible right now.

What makes this scholarship special?

You can apply every year that you are in college or job training.  We get to know you and help make sure you have what you need to succeed in completing your education or training.  You can ask for as much or as little help as you need.  We are dedicated to helping Seattle’s English language learners — immigrants and refugees — continue their education.

How much money is available?

Annual awards range from $600 to $4000, depending on need and year in school. We also insure all students have laptops.  

We also try to give extra funds to students who are homeless, who do not have family support, are working many hours to support their families, and others with special needs.

Students who don’t need funds this year can still apply to be part of our mentorship program which provides tutoring, help with English, and other support. We have several students who continue their mentoring relationships after graduation.

How can you use scholarship funds?

Expenses related to continuing your education or training after high school, for public community college, university, or job training program in Washington state.  This includes:

  • Tuition aid for community college, university, or job training program
  • Books or supplies required for educational program
  • Help with transportation to school or job training program (e.g., ORCA card)
  • Room/board expenses or rental assistance
  • Help with purchasing a laptop or tools for job training program
  • Fees for placement tests and other tests, and for applications (e.g. transfer applications to 4 year schools)
  • Food assistance
  • Help with emergency health expenses, glasses, dental, etc.
  • Other needs will be considered – tell us if you have special circumstances.

Funds will be paid directly to the school, bookstore, or agency where they will be used.  No checks will be issued directly to students, except to pay back students for payments made by students for items listed above, and approved by the program.

Funds are awarded once a student has registered for their college or job training program class or classes, has received their FAFSA or WASFA award (if eligible), and has a student ID.

How are scholarship winners selected and awarded?

A committee of Seattle World School Friends, administrators, staff, and community volunteers will review applications in June and July 2022.  

All eligible applicants will be interviewed – by Zoom or in person.   Selection is based on financial need, student effort, character, and academic improvement and success.  We award not only those students with high GPAs, but also those with lower GPAs who are working hard to improve.  We look for demonstrated effort, commitment to a good future, and need for financial assistance.

Students will be notified by late June if they have been selected for an interview. Award amounts will be determined after students have received their FAFSA or WASFA notice, and other scholarships, so the committee can identify remaining needs.   All students must first apply for WASFA or FAFSA unless there are special circumstances.  New high school graduates are highly encouraged to sign up for Promise.

To continue in the program, scholarship recipients will be expected to share progress updates quarterly with the scholarship committee.  This will require updating email and phone contact information as needed.

We look forward to getting your application! Please ask your high school counselor or other school staff for assistance if needed.

Please email Nancy Peterfreund, Director, if you have any questions: