Apply for a Scholarship

Applications for the 2010-21 school year

will be available in February 2020.

What makes this scholarship special?

You can apply every year that you are in college or vocational education.  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.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Any student who attended the SBOC/Seattle World School since 2007, and who is graduating or has graduated from any Seattle public high school, including the Seattle World School.  Past SWS/SBOC students who have started college already are also eligible.

SWS/SBOC students who aged out or will age out of Seattle public schools before graduating may also be eligible depending on circumstances.

Students who have been awarded in prior years are welcome to apply again.

Students are eligible regardless of immigration status.  If you cannot get financial aid due to status, you may be eligible for additional scholarship support this year.  We encourage you to continue with your education plans to the extent possible.

Students who receive the Promise scholarship are still eligible if they need additional funds to be able to continue their education.

How much money is available?

In 2019, $$75,000 was awarded. This year, we hope to raise least that amount again for 2020-21 awards.  All money raised each year is given out to students.  Annual awards have ranged from $250 to $3500, and a laptop for all new students who need one.    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.

How can you use scholarship funds?

Expenses related to continuing your education or training after high school, for public community college, University, or vocational training in the state of Washington.  This includes:

  • Tuition aid for community college, university, or vocational program
  • Books or supplies required for educational program
  • Help with transportation to school or vocational program (e.g., ORCA card)
  • Room/board expenses for 4 year college students
  • Help with purchasing a laptop or tools for vocational program
  • Fees for placement tests and other tests
  • 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 institution, bookstore, or agency where they will be used.  No checks will be issued directly to students. Funds are awarded once a student has registered for their college or vocational program 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 April of 2020.   All finalists will be interviewed.  Selection is based on financial need, student effort, character, contribution to the community, and academic 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 June if they have been selected for an interview. Award amounts will be determined after students have received their FAFSA (financial aid) , WASFA, Promise awards, and other scholarships, so that the committee can identify gaps in funding.   All students must first apply for financial aid unless there are special circumstances.  Checks will be sent directly to the students’ educational institutions after students are registered for class.

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.


 How to Submit your Application

Applications for 2020-21 will be available in late February 2020

When completed, applications should be emailed to:   We are hoping to have an electronic application available this year so you can fill it out online.

Make sure you follow instructions about format for essays, photos, etc.

  • Nancy Peterfreund
    c/o Seattle World School
    1700 E. Union St.,
    Seattle, WA 98122
    Phone:  (206) 252-2200

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