Apply for a Scholarship

Applications for 2019-20 will be available in February and due by April 16th.

(see “How to Apply” below)

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 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.

How much money is available?

In 2018, $47,000 was awarded. This year, we hope to raise $50,000 for 2019-20 awards.  All money raised each year is given out to students.  Annual awards have ranged from $250 to $3500.  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 institutions 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
  • Help for GRE or other test fees for continued study after college

Students in their senior year and on track to graduate can also apply for help with:

  • Test fees for SATs, ACTs, or fees for classes that help you prepare for SATs, etc.
  • Application fees (college applications, 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 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 after April 1, 2019.   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, 13th year or 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 Apply

Applications for 2019-20 will be available in February and due by April 16th.


The 2018 application is offered here so you can get an idea of what the new application will look like.  There will be changes but it will be similar.

Once the 2019 application is online, it can be downloaded and printed, or may be picked up from your school counselor, your high school’s CAN office, or the Seattle World School counselor.

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

When completed, applications should be emailed to:  You may also drop off applications at the Seattle World School office, or send them to:

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

Note that applications must be complete and emailed or postmarked by April 9th  (if sent by mail), or dropped at the World School office before it closes at 4pm on April 9th.