The University of Washington Diversity Scholarship is offered for four years to high-achieving high-need students who are entering the UW as freshmen from communities that are traditionally underserved in education. The following factors may be considered in the selection process: academic record; Washington residency; personal background and community service; financial need; and, being part of an underserved group such as youth in foster care, historically underrepresented minority students, and students who are the first in their family to pursue a college degree.
The UW Diversity Scholarship for Freshmen is privately supported by the generous contributions of many individuals, organizations, and local businesses, including Costco and Boeing. To be considered, students are encouraged to file the FAFSA/WASFA as soon after October 1 as possible, but before January 15. Students whose admission applications indicate that they may meet the scholarship criteria will be reviewed automatically – no additional application is needed. Eligible students will be notified in March of the current academic year.