Looking for financial aid that won't add to your debt? Don't dismiss scholarships.
Scholarships are usually awarded on various criteria reflecting the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award, and requirements to win scholarships vary as widely as the purposes of the award -- whether it honors your ancestry or your desired career.
Technical/Vocational Scholarships. One scholarship program available to Washington residents is the Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE). The equivalent of two years of tuition at a four-year college, WAVE awards are given to outstanding students in technical programs -- three winners per district in the state, two at the high school and one at the community college level.
Aside from state-provided scholarships, millions of dollars worth of private scholarships in Seattle can be found on Fastweb.com. Simply register for Fastweb, complete your profile, and be matched instantly with scholarships unique to your situation.
Scholarships available through Fastweb include:
Seattle Cheese Festival Scholarship
The Seattle Cheese Festival Scholarship is open to students who are seeking an education in cheesemaking or desire to enhance their cheesemaking skills. Scholarship funds are to be used towards coursework and related materials.
Qwest Leadership Challenge
Students in the 2009 and 2010 graduating classes who have participated on a varsity high school athletic team are eligible to participate in the Qwest Leadership Challenge™. Selected schools in four regions of Washington State (Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane, Vancouver) will nominate 10-12 student athletes based on their overall leadership ability and commitment to be involved in the community. If nominated to be a Qwest Leadership Challenge™ participant, you will be asked to complete a community based leadership service project that includes 40 volunteer hours of combined service to a non-profit or school related cause.
American Society of Women Accountants Seattle Chapter Scholarship
The American Society of Women Accountants Seattle Chapter Scholarship is open to female students pursuing an associate's of applied science, bachelor's or master's degree in accounting or an equivalent designated post-baccalaureate certificate of accounting. You must have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours within four weeks of the application deadline. In addition, you must have at least a 2.05 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA in accounting to qualify for this award. You need not be a member of the American Society of Women Accountants.
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