The information on this page applies to funding opportunities for students at the UW College of Education at Seattle.  Are you a student at UW Bothell or UW Tacoma? Please visit the links below for information about scholarships at your campus:


Undergraduate student scholarships

  • We have re-opened the Zesbaugh and Anderson-Olsen Scholarship application for the 2021-2022 academic year. See information below under the heading "Zesbaugh and Anderson-Olsen Scholarship Application 2021-2022."  The application due date for this scholarship opportunity is Friday, November 12, at 1:00pm (PST).  Students of all citizenship statuses are eligible for this scholarship opportunity.  

  • Scholarship applications are completed online via CommunityForce, where you can also find information about the individual scholarships that are offered. To start an application, you will log in with your UW NetID and password (you will be prompted after selecting the “CoE” option button under “Login”).

  • Students who have declared in one of the College's majors (Early Childhood & Family StudiesEarly Care & Education Online Degree Completion Program, and/or Education, Communities, & Organizations) and/or in the minor (Education, Learning, & Society) are eligible to apply. Please see additional details regarding eligibility by clicking on the application titles below:

Undergraduate Scholarship Application 2021-2022

There are four specific scholarships available through this application. Any student declared in any of the College's undergraduate programs is eligible to apply, unless otherwise noted below:

  • Early Childhood & Family Studies Scholarship (for students declared in the Early Childhood & Family Studies or the Early Care & Education Online Degree Completion Program only)
  • Education Undergrad Scholarship 
  • Kristy LeMond Memorial Scholarship 
  • Northwest Asian Education Scholarship 

*We are not currently accepting applications for these four scholarships.*  

Zesbaugh and Anderson-Olsen Scholarship Application 2021-2022  **Re-opened until November 12, 1:00pm**

The Zesbaugh and Anderson-Olsen Scholarships are intended to support selected undergraduate students who:

  • Demonstrate an interest in, and a commitment to, a career as an educator*, and;
  • Demonstrate financial need.

* Applicants may desire to pursue careers in P-12 teaching, education policy, higher education, school counseling, social services, or a myriad of other fields in education.

In order to be eligible for consideration, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Demonstrated interest in a career as an educator, broadly defined;
  • Junior or senior status by Autumn quarter 2021;
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at the University of Washington or accepted as a transfer student to the University of Washington;
  • Currently declared in Education, Learning and Society (Education minor); Education, Communities and Organizations (Education major); Early Childhood and Family Studies (Education major); or Early Care & Education (Education major, online degree completion program) through the College of Education;
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75;
  • Demonstrable financial need as shown by qualifying for Federal or State Student Aid or as explained in a one-page statement of need. 
  • Previous Zesbaugh and Anderson-Olsen scholars are eligible to re-apply, but please note the differentiated scholar responsibilities*.

Successful applicants will demonstrate:

  • An intent to pursue a specific career path within the field of education, defined broadly;
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in leadership, service or research; 
  • Intellectual preparedness and a desire to further their learning through the Husky Leadership Certificate portfolio and mentor experience*.

*For full details on the expectations of Zesbaugh and Anderson-Olsen Scholarship recipients, please visit the application portal, locate the application, and click on "View More".

Please note: This year's Zesbaugh scholarship awardees will receive $5,000-$10,000, depending on funds available.  


Master in Teaching student scholarships (MIT students)

  • The CoE Teacher Preparation Office will provide scholarship application materials directly to MIT students. For questions, please contact tepinfo@uw.edu.

  • If you are interested in becoming dual language teachers in a K-8 setting, you may be eligible for the BECA fellowship. Learn more >>


Graduate student scholarships (MEd, EdS, EdD, PhD students) 

  • The UW College of Education at Seattle distributes a limited number of need- and merit-based scholarships to graduate students annually. Only newly admitted and continuing College of Education students are eligible for these scholarships. Most of these scholarships are made possible through the generous gifts of alumni and other supporters.
  • The 2021-2022 application deadline for graduate student scholarships has passed. 
  • For future reference, you can click on the topics below for more details about the application process and these scholarships:
How to Apply

There is one general Graduate Student Scholarship Application for all College of Education need- and merit-based awards. Students apply for scholarships generally, rather than applying for specific scholarships. Based on the information provided in the application, students will be matched with appropriate scholarships for which they may be eligible.

Applications are submitted online via CommunityForce, where you can also find information about the individual scholarships that will be offered. To start your general application for all of the awards, you will log in with your UW NetID and password (you will be prompted after selecting the “CoE” option button under “Login”). Once you enter the application portal, navigate to “1. Graduate Student Scholarship General Application 2021-2022” and select the purple “Apply” button. 

The Graduate Student Scholarship Application for 2021-2022 is open as of Monday, February 22, 2021. The application process will include obtaining a statement of support from a faculty member or education professional (optional for recently admitted students). The application deadline was Monday, March 15, 2021 at 12:00pm PST. 

Need-Based Scholarships

Many scholarships are need-based and require applicants to complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) by the established deadlines. Eligibility regarding need-based financial aid is determined by the FAFSA or WASFA.

  • For more information about these processes, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA).   

  • When completing the FAFSA, all applicants must enter the University of Washington, Code #003798. 

  • International applicants/students who have a Social Security number should submit the FAFSA form per the above instructions.

  • International applicants/students who do not have a Social Security number must wait to have financial need evaluated until after review by the Scholarship Review Committee. This is a separate process.

Please note that financial need is not considered in the initial review of scholarship applications, but only to determine eligibility for certain need-based scholarships.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much financial assistance will a College of Education scholarship provide?

In general, most scholarship awards range from $2000 to $5000. They are intended to provide supplemental financial assistance, rather than major financial support.


How are scholarship applications evaluated?

Scholarship applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Academic history shows merit: strong academic record, consistency with goal statement, academic awards or honors
  • Goals related to education: clear, insightful goals articulating a contribution to research or practice
  • Life experience: linked broadly to education or learning, clear relationship between experience and goals, nonacademic awards and experience, service and volunteer work, experience with diverse groups or cultures, obstacles overcome
  • Potential to contribute to field of education: collegiality, enthusiasm, professional involvement, leadership, diverse talents or background

In the scholarship process, incoming students are generally given first consideration, as scholarships are primarily intended to assist incoming students during their first quarters of study. Continuing students will receive consideration for awards that are not granted to incoming students.


I’m a newly admitted student, but I have not yet accepted my offer of admission. Am I eligible to apply for these scholarships?

Yes! You do not need to accept your offer of admission in order to be considered for scholarship funding.


I’m a newly admitted student and I’m having trouble logging in to start my scholarship application. What is my UW NetID?

Your UW NetID (“University of Washington Network Identification”) and password are used to access a variety of UW online services. You can create your UW NetID and password online here: https://identity.uw.edu/new/


I am not completing the FAFSA or WASFA this year. Can I apply for CoE scholarships?

Yes! The CoE offers need- and merit-based scholarships that you may be eligible for. If you do not or cannot complete the FAFSA or WASFA, we encourage you to provide information about your unique financial circumstances in the “Personal Statement” portion of the application (found in the “Application Materials” section).


I am preparing my application materials. Are there formatting guidelines for the goal statement?

The goal statement should not exceed one page in length, however, there are no specific spacing or font size requirements. 


How will I find out if I receive a scholarship or not?

Scholarship recipients are notified by email and will be provided directions for accepting their scholarship at that time. We anticipate that notifications will be sent the week of April 12.


What happens if I am selected to receive a scholarship?

Scholarship recipients will be asked to 1) formally accept their award(s) through the online application portal and 2) write a thank you note to the donor(s) who have made the scholarship award(s) possible. Once these two actions have been taken, the scholarship will be ready for disbursal based on the schedule indicated in the notification email.

If you have any questions or concerns about expectations related to an award, please contact us at edinfo@uw.edu.


For information about additional College of Education Seattle funding sources, visit our Funding and Financial Aid hub.

For questions about these CoE scholarships, contact the Office of Student Services (edinfo@uw.edu).