Apply for Scholarships
Applications Open: January 1
Application Deadline: May 1 / April 1 / June 1
The Community Foundation of NCW manages over 100 unique scholarships for various types of students across North Central Washington. Each scholarship has its own criteria, determined by the donor, and awards range from $500 – $16,000. Most scholarships are due by June 1st, but some have other deadlines – be sure to check each scholarship’s criteria carefully.
Scholarships may only be used at accredited schools. The most widely recognized accrediting agencies for colleges and universities are:
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- North Central Association (NCA)
Accreditation by these agencies (and some other similar agencies) is known as institutional accreditation. The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit colleges and universities itself, but it does maintain a database of accredited schools and recognized accrediting agencies.
The application process is completed entirely online. Once you create an account, you’ll be asked to take an eligibility quiz that will help you determine which of the 100-plus scholarships you’re eligible for. The online system also provides an easy, electronic process for requesting your letters of recommendation.
Once you create a new account, or log into an existing account, you’ll need to complete the online Eligibility Quiz to help determine the scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply.
The Eligibility Quiz is just a starting point; each scholarship has specific criteria that you must review to determine if you are a match. As with the application, we encourage you to answer each question, including those that may not be required but are relevant to your situation. If a questions isn’t required and isn’t relevant to your situation, you don’t need to answer it. The more questions you answer, the greater your eligibility for scholarships!
Before Accessing the Application
- Plan ahead. The deadline for the majority of the scholarships is March 1 (be sure to check each scholarship fund’s description for details).
- You should have the following available to complete the application:
- Your high school transcript (and your college transcript, if you’re a Running Start student or currently enrolled in college)
- List of participation in activities
- Your Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) amount from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Student Aid Report (SAR).
- Email addresses for two recommenders (at least one should be a school-related professional, such as a teacher, counselor, coach, etc.). Some scholarships require recommendations for three recommenders; check each scholarship fund’s description for details.
- Be sure to read the instructions throughout the application carefully. Answer each question, including those that may not be required but are relevant to your situation. If a questions isn’t required and isn’t relevant to your situation, you don’t need to answer it. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applying for Multiple Scholarships
You may apply for any of the scholarships for which you’re eligible. After you submit your first application and have logged into your second application, select the “Copy Previous Answers” button at the top right of the screen to copy your answers and save time.
Please note: Some scholarships require supplemental material in addition to the general application questions. If those questions aren’t answered, the program will not allow you to submit the application.
Every application is reviewed by members of the Community Foundation’s volunteer scholarship selection committees. The application is reviewed first for eligibility as the Community Foundation must adhere to the specific eligibility criteria established by scholarship fund donors. After review, scholarship applications are evaluated on an objective and competitive basis, considering academic and nonacademic factors such as financial need, leadership, community service, and special circumstances.
Award Announcement and Payment
Students will be notified of award status by May 8th by email. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be provided instructions via email to sign a scholarship agreement and provide verification of enrollment. Once we receive the required signatures and documentation, we schedule payment directly to the school of your choice.
For questions or more information, contact Julie Mott at (509) 663-7716 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.