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U of W Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program

The Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program has been established to enable community college students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their baccalaureate degrees at the University of Washington. Martin Scholars will join the Honors Program at the UW, and, depending on their choice of major, will become eligible to graduate with Departmental and/or University honors.


Applicants can be awarded up to $18,000 (a maximum of $6,000 per year subject to continuing high scholarship at the UW) and the award may be renewable each year for up to a total of three years of undergraduate support.

Applicants are considered for superior strength of character, intellectual ability, and sense of purpose. They are expected to have well-formulated ideas about the direction of future studies and subsequent careers. There should be evidence that a Martin Scholarship will encourage pursuit of a program of education most likely to fulfill the individual's potential. Financial need may be a consideration but is not a requirement. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Washington State residents who are currently attending or who have attended a community college in the state of Washington. Applicants must have earned at least 36 credits at a Washington State community college by the time they matriculate to the UW. Washington State community college transfer students who are currently enrolled at the University of Washington may not have earned more than 18 UW credits by the application deadline. Students who hold associate's degrees are also encouraged to apply. The award will depend on successful admission to the University of Washington as a matriculated student. The selection committee gives no consideration to an applicant's gender, race, color, creed, or national origin.

Applicants must submit the following materials:
- A completed preliminary application form
- Three short answers, three short essays
- An official copy of most current transcript
- Two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member addressing the candidate's intellectual curiosity and potential, and one from another individual addressing the candidate's capabilities and volunteer/community involvement.

A selected number of applicants will be asked to prepare a brief essay. Essays will be reviewed by the Martin Scholarship Selection Committee and finalists will be invited for an interview in early October.
Downloadable applications are now available in a write-able format. Students with Adobe Acrobat Software may download and type the application directly from this site onto their computers or disc for completion and then complete and print for submission.

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