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.
Need- and Merit-Based Scholarships
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.
Scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of financial need with some consideration to the written essay. Students applying for need-based scholarships must complete all the components of the application requirements to be considered. Scholarship recipient’s awards apply only to the specific quarter of the submission and are directly posted to the student’s accounts, thus reducing tuition by the amount awarded. However, students must be enrolled to receive the award. The criteria and application for Need-Based Scholarships are listed below:
- CityU Scholarship Application Form
- 2018 Tax Assessment
- A word-processed personal statement (handwritten essays will not be accepted) of no more than 2 pages addressing the following three questions:
- How have you been financing your college education?
- From a financial standpoint, what impact would this scholarship have on your education?
- State any special personal or family circumstances affecting your need for financial assistance.
- Financial Statement
- Professional resume (optional)
Scholarships in this category are awarded primarily on the basis of students’ cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) up to their last completed quarter with City University of Seattle (CityU), with some consideration to the written essay and academic potential. Applicants must include all the components of the application requirements to be considered. The criteria and application for Merit-Based Scholarships are listed below:
- CityU Scholarship Application Form
- Earned at least 40 undergraduate credits at CityU with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or at least 12 graduate credits at CityU with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75
- A word-processed personal statement (handwritten essays will not be accepted) of no more than (2) pages addressing the following three questions:
- Describe your most meaningful achievement and how it relates to your program and your future goals.
- How has your education contributed to who you are today?
- Why are you a good candidate to receive this award
- Professional resume
- Unofficial copy of your current CityU transcript (available from the Student Portal)
Transfer scholarships are awarded to current community college or technical school graduates who are Washington State residents.
- CityU Scholarship Application Form
- Copy of current transcripts from your Washington Community and Technical College showing you have earned an associate degree
- Professional resume (optional)
Should you be selected you must enroll in at least 10 credits per quarter and use the scholarship for tuition only. Students who are given this award will not receive and will not be eligible for any other tuition discounts at CityU.
The Sanford Scholarship specifically targets the financial obstacles that prevent future educators from obtaining a Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) endorsement. This scholarship is geared toward new students entering the alternative route to teacher education programs 1-4 starting in summer quarter 2019, new students entering into an endorsement-only program starting spring quarter, or continuing M.Ed. or BA ED students now seeking an endorsement at City University of Seattle (CityU). Contents of the scholarship packet will only be shared with appropriate CityU personnel. U.S domestic candidates are eligible to apply. All award amounts are applied to tuition only.
The Sanford Scholarships are awarded on the basis of:
- New CityU student entering the Standard Alternative Route Program Routes 1-4 programs, new CityU students entering the M.Ed. Curriculum & InstructionSpecialized Study (Alternative route) or new CityU students entering the endorsement-only program
- CityU Sanford Scholarship Application Form
- A word-processed 500- word essay (handwritten essays will not be accepted) describing what you intend to do with your endorsement.
Committed to the goal of educating and facilitating the placement of teachers of color in classrooms to serve our diverse communities across Washington State, the Albright School of Education at City University of Seattle has awarded Diversity Scholarships since 2001. The Diversity Scholarships are available to qualified individuals who represent the ethnic diversity of our communities. Access more information regarding 2019-2020 scholarships.
There are eight scholarships of $2,000 each available this year . Eligible candidates are those who have been admitted into one of the following teacher certification programs:
- Master in Teaching (standard and performance-based)
- Bachelor of Arts in Education
- Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification
Applications will be available mid-July of the first quarter of teacher certification programs. Complete application packets must be received by August 31. Diversity Scholarships may be applied towards tuition only. Scholarship awards may not be used for fees such as course challenges or prior learning. A complete application packet includes:
- Completed Diversity Scholarship Application
- Copy of tax return indicating Adjusted Gross Income (e.g. page 1 of Form 1040)
- A one-page personal statement that addresses the following: Reflecting upon your own personal journey within the context of your unique cultural and ethnic heritage, tell us how your life experiences influenced you to dedicate your future to the profession of teaching. In what ways do you see yourself contributing to the aspirations and potential of youth in your community?
- Three professional letters of recommendation addressing applicant’s commitment to contributing to the community. Note: These may be the same letters of recommendation submitted for acceptance into a teacher certification program. However, please resubmit with this packet.
- Optional: Completed Consent Release Form
Please send all Diversity Scholarship Application materials to Diversity Scholarship Committee by August 31.
- Email (preferred method): Scholarships@cityu.edu
- Fax: 206-239-4544
- Mail: Diversity Scholarship Committee (Attn: Financial Aid Services), City University of Seattle, 521 Wall Street, Seattle, WA 98121
The Diversity Scholarships are awarded on the basis of:
- Applicant’s commitment and potential for contributing to his/her diverse community
- Demonstration of financial need based upon adjusted gross income (AGI) from current tax return
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
International Students 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 Attendance: June 1
- Fall Quarter Attendance: September 1
- Winter Quarter Attendance: December 1
- Spring Quarter Attendance: March 1
CityU offers 12 tuition scholarships each year. The amount for each is $3,000, and this is only available to current CityU international students who have successfully completed a minimum of three consecutive quarters of full-time study in a Bachelor or Master’s degree program at CityU (ESL students do not qualify). Three (3) quarters of completed passing grades on your CityU transcript is also required.Scholarships in this category are awarded to applicants that demonstrate an economic hardship outside of their immediate control. This scholarship can only be awarded once to an individual.
To apply for the International Student Economic Hardship Scholarship, please use the Economic Hardship Scholarship Application.
For general scholarship questions:
Financial Aid Office