UW Class of 1954 Endowed Scholarship

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Sponsored by the University of Washington Alumni Class of 1954 in honor of their 50th Class Reunion, the Class of 1954 Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students in their junior or senior year at the University of Washington (UW) who, by their achievements and goals, enrich society and themselves.

Scholarships are awarded to current UW juniors and seniors having a clear goal based on their academic merit and extra-curricular activities. Scholarships will be open to all full-time students, including transfer students, particularly those from community colleges.

The 1954 Reunion Committee offers several examples of what is meant by enrichment. Examples might include students who plan foreign study and those seeking to study or work in our communities with the most need. A plus factor will be for those students who have arranged such experiences with a partner agency sharing support.

Funding may be used to support activities engaged in during summer quarter.

Eligible students must:
  • Be full-time enrolled juniors or seniors during the 2021-2022 academic year (graduating seniors are eligible if enrolled full time in spring 2022),
  • Have a 3.0 minimum cumulative grade point average, OR have already been admitted into your major;
  • Have financial need as indicated by the Financial Aid Office, and
  • Be able to demonstrate involvement in and relevance of extra-curricular activities to their academic, career and/or professional goals.  Activities might include experiences such as: study abroad, study or work or service within communities, research, internships, leadership or other experiential activities. Preference is given to those students who have arranged such experiences with a partner agency sharing support.
  • Students from all disciplines will be considered for this scholarship, and should be able to articulate their academic and/or professional goals.
Student Type
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

To apply, complete the online application for the UW Alumni Reunion Scholarships, which includes four different scholarships offered by the Class of 1954, the Class of 1957, Class of 1962 and the UW 50th Reunion Student Assistance Fund. The application will open on Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

The online application will require:

  • A personal statement of 800 words or less describing extra-curricular activities, co-curricular activities, work and/or other forms of experiential learning (opportunities for learning outside of class through study abroad, research, community engagement, volunteering, etc.), and their relevance to your academic, career and/or professional goals. In this essay, be sure to:
    • demonstrate your academic engagement and potential through reflecting on your involvement in activities relevant to your academic, career and/or professional goals;
    • include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations;
    • discuss what your education will help you to accomplish – for yourself, for society, and/or for the furtherance of your chosen field;
    • consider what you need to expand upon in this essay versus what can be covered well enough in your resume. This essay should not just be a list.
    • Students who have just entered UW recently, with limited UW activities to date, should include those activities engaged in while studying at prior schools.
    • Please note: Competitive applications include detailed and thorough essays. While there is no minimum word count required, if you’ve written fewer than 500 words, it’s likely that you haven’t included enough information, specific details, or examples for the reviewers to get a thorough understanding of your experiences. Use this space as an opportunity to share information with the reviewers.
  • If you are NOT receiving need-based financial aid AND are working full-time or part-time to finance your education, please tell us about your work experience during school here (and please make sure work experience is included on your resume). (Max 300 words.)
  • Optional question (max 150 words): In what unique ways has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your application for this scholarship? This response is truly optional. Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 in very different ways. Please only include a response here if COVID-19 directly impacted your completion of this application.
  • A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae or resume (a listing of work experiences, service, research, honors, awards, scholarships, etc.). There is no page limit on this document. Please make sure it is both concise and thorough.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member, adviser, supervisor from an extracurricular or experiential learning activity or work experience, or other mentor who knows you well. This letter should address your academic engagement and potential, engagement in extracurricular and/or experiential learning activities and/or work experiences, and how your engagements are building upon your academic work.
    • Please request and discuss this recommendation letter with your preferred recommender in advance of listing them in the application to ensure they are available to write and submit a letter.
    • Once you enter your recommender's contact information into the application, they will receive an automatic email with information about how to log in and submit their letter. Sometimes those emails get caught by spam filters, so it is your responsibility to follow up with your recommender to ensure they received that message and have all the information they need to submit a letter for you.
  • An unofficial copy of the most recent UW transcript, which must include grades for Winter Quarter 2022, and transfer transcript (if you have transferred to the UW in 2021-2022).
A selection panel of UW faculty, staff and alumni will review all completed applications and select 1-2 students to receive each scholarship. Scholarship selection will be based on:
  • Academic engagement and potential.
  • Sense of purpose about your studies and activities.
  • Potential to make positive contributions to your field and/or society in your future career.
  • Demonstrated depth of thinking and reflection about connections between activities, engagements, work, etc. and the value of those experiences to your learning or future trajectory.
  • Well-formulated ideas about the direction of studies and future career.
  • Fit with each of the four scholarships’ unique requirements.
Notification of the campus selection panel's decisions will be e-mailed to applicants in mid-May. Students selected to receive these scholarships will be able to choose when the scholarships will be disbursed (options will include spring 2022, summer 2022, or fall 2022).
Receipt of any scholarship, including these, can impact any financial aid you may be receiving, and the awarding of these scholarships can also be impacted by financial aid limits. This should not discourage you from applying! If you are selected, we can work through any of those circumstances that could come up.


Contact Information
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
Center for Experiential Learning
University of Washington
171 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352803
Seattle  WA  98195-2803
Telephone: 206-543-2603
Email: scholarq@uw.edu