Helping Students Pay for Education

Furthering your career and education can be expensive. The return on investment for the vast majority is tangible in the short and long term. Recent studies show that college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education (Pew Research Center). To ensure you have the opportunity to invest in yourself and career, we offer scholarships based on merit and need.

Scholarships are reviewed for each of the four quarters of an Academic Year from July 1st through June 30th and awards are applied to tuition only. Complete applications must be received by the Financial Aid Office by the following deadlines:

  • Summer Quarter Attendance (July-September): June 1
  • Fall Quarter Attendance (October-December): September 1
  • Winter Quarter Attendance (January-March): December 1
  • Spring Quarter Attendance (April-June): March 1

Incomplete or late applications cannot be considered. Applicants will be notified of awards via CityU email by:

  • Summer Quarter Application: July 1
  • Fall Quarter Application: October 1
  • Winter Quarter Application: January 1
  • Spring Quarter Application: April 1

Note: Applications will be updated for the next Academic Year in May. Applications for the old Academic Year will not be accepted in the new Academic Year. 

Awards are given based upon academic potential, need and the strength of students’ applications. Students attending programs in Canada are eligible for need- and merit-based scholarships only. If you have specific questions about scholarships, email CityU’s Financial Aid Office.

Scholarship name: CityU Need-Based Scholarship

Effective: Summer 2014

Eligible applicants: All U.S. domestic, International and Canadian students

Application deadlines:

  • Summer Quarter: June 1
  • Fall Quarter: September 1
  • Winter Quarter: December 1
  • Spring Quarter: March 1

Scholarship award: Average award $500, up to $2500 per quarter

Number of awards: Varies per quarter and Academic Year

Administered by: Scholarship Department

Awards are selected by: Scholarship Committee

Conditions of Scholarship:

  • Scholarship must be used for tuition only;
  • Must be registered in the quarter of the scholarship award;
  • Students awarded for a quarter who do not attend forfeit their scholarship;
  • Students may re-apply each quarter of enrollment; and
  • Do not need to be in a degree-seeking program.

Application Process:

  • Complete Need-Based Scholarship Application;
  • Submit an essay answering the questions from the application;
  • U.S. domestic students must have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file on or before the application deadline;
  • Eligible non-citizens must provide documentation of income comparable to a US Tax Return in lieu of the FAFSA; and
  • Canadian students must submit their Tax Assessment for the required year and complete the Financial Statement Form on or before the application deadline.

Scholarship name: CityU Merit-Based Scholarship

Effective: Summer 2014

Eligible applicants: All U.S. domestic, International and Canadian students

Application deadlines:

  • Summer Quarter: June 1
  • Fall Quarter: September 1
  • Winter Quarter: December 1
  • Spring Quarter: March 1

Scholarship award: Average award $500, up to $2000 per quarter

Number of awards: Varies per quarter and Academic Year

Administered by: Scholarship Department

Awards are selected by: Scholarship Committee

Conditions of Scholarship:

  • Scholarship must be used for tuition only;
  • Must be enrolled in a degree seeking program and registered in the quarter of the scholarship award;
  • Students awarded for a quarter who do not attend forfeit their scholarship;
  • Students may re-apply each quarter of enrollment;
  • Scholarships are not awarded to US domestic candidates during the Summer quarter;
  • Must have earned at least 40 undergraduate or 12 graduate credits taken at CityU based until their last completed quarter; and
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate or 3.75 for graduate based until their last completed quarter.

Application Process:

Scholarship name: Washington State Community and Technical College Transfer Scholarship

Effective: Fall 2014

Eligible applicants: First time CityU applicant transfer student from a Washington Community College or Technical College that has earned an Associate’s degree within the last 18 months and is enrolling in any eligible program at the undergraduate level. Students are encouraged to apply in their last quarter of enrollment of obtaining their Associate’s degree.

Application deadlines

  • Summer Quarter: June 1
  • Fall Quarter: September 1
  • Winter Quarter: December 1
  • Spring Quarter: March 1

Scholarship award: $5400 maximum, $900 per quarter

Number of awards: No limit

Administered by: Scholarship Department

Awards are selected by: Scholarship Department

Conditions of Scholarship:

  • Scholarship must be used for tuition only;
  • Remaining award funds may rollover to another quarter for up to two additional quarters before it is rescinded;
  • Must be full time (10 credit hours) each term to maintain eligibility;
  • Must be continuously enrolled each award year, with one optional vacation term within the award year;
  • Award not to exceed 3 award years;
  • Must be a transfer student from any Washington State Community or Technical College;
  • Awarded to students who have not exceeded 18 months from transferring; Must have earned an Associate’s degree;
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible undergraduate degree program;
  • Must have a transfer cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0; and
  • May not receive any other forms of tuition discount (military, CityU employee benefit, etc.)

Application Process:

  • Complete Transfer Scholarship Application; and
  • Submit a copy of a current transcript from a Washington Community or Technical College confirming an Associate’s degree was conferred.

Scholarship name: Diversity Scholarship

Effective: Fall 2014

Eligible applicants: Candidates admitted to a teacher certification program in Master in Teaching (standard and performance-based), Bachelor of Arts in Education or Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification

Application deadline: August 31, 2020

Scholarship award: $2000

Number of awards: 8

Administered by: Scholarship Department

Awards are selected by: ASOE Department

Conditions of Scholarship:

  • Scholarship must be used for tuition only;
  • Remaining award funds may rollover to another quarter for up to two additional quarters before it is rescinded;
  • Must be enrolled at least part-time to maintain eligibility;
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible program; and
  • May not receive any other form of tuition discount (military, CityU employee benefit, etc.)

Application Process:

  • Complete the Diversity Scholarship Application;
  • Complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Personal statement addressing the topic from the application;
  • Three professional letters of recommendation; and
  • Consent Release Form (optional)

Enactus is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing student leaders around the world across 1,600 campuses in 40 countries. Annually, CityU awards seven tuition scholarships to its student leaders. Visit cityu.edu/enactus to learn more.The tuition scholarship awards include:

  • One scholarship of $2,000 awarded during the tenure of the President
  • One scholarship of $1,200 awarded during the tenure of the Vice-President
  • One scholarship of $1,200 awarded during the tenure of the Secretary or Treasurer
  • One scholarship of $1,200 awarded during the tenure of the Competition and Project Program Manager
  • One scholarship of $1,200 awarded during the tenure of the Marketing Chair
  • One scholarship of $1,200 awarded during the tenure of the Fundraising Activity Chair
  • One scholarship of $1,200 awarded during the tenure of the Team Sustainability Continuity Chair
  • One scholarship of $1,200 awarded during the tenure of the Media Manager

Scholarships in this category are awarded to the current sitting Enactus officers as nominated and elected by the Enactus membership.

To apply for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must maintain good academic standing while holding the position of president and president-elect
  • Resignation of position terminates the scholarship
  • Revocation of position terminates the scholarship

CityU offers merit scholarships to first-time CityU International Students who have achieved an outstanding academic record within their last school year.President’s Merit Award Scholarship: A $5,000 scholarship disbursed evenly during the first three quarters of enrollment in the student’s selected academic program. Academic Achievement Scholarship: A $2,000 scholarship, disbursed evenly during the first three quarters of enrollment in the student’s selected academic program.

In order to apply for one of these scholarships, you must be a:

  • First-time applicant to CityU and submit a Financial Declaration Form to the International Student Office, selecting the appropriate scholarship option
  • F-1 Visa holder in the Seattle area
  • An active I-20 holder

If you are selected you must maintain full-time enrollment and begin your studies at CityU within one quarter of the award letter. Students who start in the ELP Program must be continuously enrolled in the program, except for approved vacation quarters, and the award will be applied once the student enrolls in degree program classes.

Awards will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis by acceptance letter issuance date, until available funds have been awarded.

Scholarships can only be used for tuition.

Applications must be received by the International Student Office no later than the deadlines below:

  • Summer Quarter: June 1
  • Fall Quarter: September 1
  • Winter Quarter: December 1
  • Spring Quarter: March 1

Scholarship name: International Student Economic Hardship Scholarship

Effective: Fall 2014

Eligible applicants: International students who have completed at least 3 consecutive quarters of full-time study at CityU

Application deadlines:

  • Summer Quarter: June 1
  • Fall Quarter: September 1
  • Winter Quarter: December 1
  • Spring Quarter: March 1

Scholarship award: $3000 (one-time)

Number of awards: 12

Administered by: Scholarship Department

Awards are selected by: Scholarship Committee

Conditions of Scholarship:

  • Scholarship must be used for tuition only;
  • Must be a current F-1 student;
  • ESL students do not qualify;
  • Must be enrolled in an eligible degree program;
  • Remaining award funds may rollover to another quarter for up to two additional quarters before it is rescinded;
  • Must be enrolled at least part-time to maintain eligibility; and
  • May not receive any other forms of tuition discount (military, CityU employee benefit, etc.)

Application Process:

  • Complete the International Student Economic Hardship Application;
  • Copy of unofficial CityU transcripts showing a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for undergraduates or 3.0 for graduates;
  • Essay (up to 1000 words) describing your current economic hardship and the impact this scholarship has with you staying in school; and
  • Submit supporting documentation that is relevant to your financial situation to support your statement.

Scholarship name: CityU Promise Scholarship

Effective: Fall 2020

Eligible applicants: International students who have completed at least 3 consecutive quarters of full-time study at CityU

Application deadlines:

  • Summer Quarter: June 1
  • Fall Quarter: September 1
  • Winter Quarter: December 1
  • Spring Quarter: March 1

Scholarship award: Up to $10,000 maximum, $1,250 per quarter

Number of awards: No limit

Administered by: Scholarship Department

Awards are selected by: Scholarship Department

Conditions of Scholarship:

  • Scholarship must be used for tuition only;
  • Must be transferring from one of the qualifying Seattle Colleges;
  • Must have successfully completed AA degree or 90 transferrable credits from qualifying Seattle Colleges at time of enrollment at CityU;
  • Must be admitted to a bachelor degree program at CityU;
  • Award will fund up to 90 credits maximum toward CityU bachelor degree;
  • Award is prorated based on enrollment standing each term;
  • Award not to exceed 3 award years;
  • Remaining award funds may rollover to another quarter for up to two additional quarters before it is rescinded;
  • Candidate must not be more than 18 months from transferring from Seattle College;
  • Must be registered in the quarters of the award;
  • Submit referral from their Student Success Specialist;
  • May not receive any other forms of tuition discount (military, CityU employees benefit, etc.)

Application Process:

  • Complete Scholarship Application
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  •  Submit letter of referral from the Student Success Specialist verifying candidate is in good standing and their expected completion date

Scholarship Name: Banking Professional Tuition Scholarship

Effective: Summer 2020

Eligible applicants: All U.S. domestic students

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer Quarter – June 1
  • Fall Quarter – September 1
  • Winter Quarter – December 1
  • Spring Quarter – March 1

Scholarship award: Up to $2,500 per calendar year ($625/qtr), and may be renewable for 1 additional calendar year, up to $5,000 aggregate award

Number of awards: 25 total (awarded first come, first served)

Administered by: Scholarship Department

Awards are selected by: Ranked by FA; selected by CityU President

Conditions of Scholarship:

  • Employment at a Washington Bankers Association member bank, subject to employer verification at the time of application. ABA Membership is also eligible;
  • Must be a newly admitted CityU student in the quarter of the scholarship application in the 2020-21 academic year;
  • Must meet all admissions criteria for the City University of Seattle declared program of study;
  • Must be enrolled in a degree seeking program and registered in the quarter of the scholarship award;
  • Tuition scholarship renewal is contingent on student maintaining satisfactory academic progress (cum GPA of at least 2.0 for undergraduate, 3.0 for graduate or doctoral program), and maintain current employment at a WBA/ABA member bank;
  • This is a tuition scholarship and may only be applied toward tuition charges;
  • Recipients must maintain full time continuous enrollment status (2 classes per term), and only one vacation quarter during each calendar year scholarship award;
  • Students awarded for a quarter who totally withdraw or do not attend (other than eligible vacation quarter), forfeit their scholarship;
  • Scholarship may be renewable for up to one additional calendar year, depending on making satisfactory academic progress and continuing employment at a member financial institution.

Application Process:

  • Complete Scholarship Application;
  • Professional resume;
  • Submit up to 2 page Word processed or Formstack form essay answering the questions from the application;
  • Documentation of employment with a WBA/ABA bank.

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