UW Class of 1957 Scholar Award

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The Class of 1957 Scholar Award is sponsored by the UW Alumni Class of 1957 to provide scholarship support to outstanding undergraduate students at the University of Washington who demonstrate high academic merit and financial need.

The scholarship shall be awarded to current freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors based upon their academic merit and financial need (graduating seniors are eligible if full-time enrolled in spring 2021). The award can be used to cover tuition and may also provide support for books, fees, and other educational expenses.

Eligible students must: 
  1. Be current full-time enrolled undergraduate students during 2020-2021 (graduating seniors are eligible if full-time enrolled in spring 2021); 
  2. Have a 3.3 minimum grade point average;
  3. Have financial need as indicated by the Financial Aid Office; and
  4. Be able to demonstrate academic merit through involvement in experiential learning activities relevant to their academic, career and/or professional goals.  Appropriate activities can be research, internships, study abroad or other experiential learning activities. Students who have just entered UW recently, with limited UW activities to date, should include those activities engaged in at prior schools.
  5. Students from all disciplines will be considered for this scholarship, and should be able to articulate their academic and/or professional goals.
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • Us Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

To apply, complete the online application, which allows you to apply for four different scholarships offered by the Class of 1954, the Class of 1957, Class of 1962 and Class of 1968 through completing a single application. The application will open on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/620.

The online application requires:

  • A personal statement of 800 words or less describing your extra-curricular activities, co-curricular activities, work and/or other forms of experiential learning, and their relevance to your academic, career and/or professional goals. Be sure to demonstrate your academic merit as indicated by your involvement in activities relevant to your academic, career and/or professional goals. The statement should include a discussion of some experiences and ideas that have shaped those interests, plans and aspirations. Also discuss what your education will help you to accomplish - for yourself, for society, and/or for the furtherance of your chosen field; and
  • For those applying for the Class of 1954 Scholarship, a brief project statement: The 1954 Reunion Committee looks for students engaging in specific activities or projects that enrich society and themselves. Examples might include students who plan foreign study and those seeking to study or work in their communities. Preference is given to those students who have arranged such experiences with a partner agency sharing support. Please give a brief description (300 words max) of your proposed activity/project.
  • For those applying for the Class of 1962 & 1968 Scholarships, please include a brief description (300 words max) of the ways you are balancing school, work, and other commitments. Please feel free to include any other details about how you are currently financing your education that you would like to share. The purpose of the Class of 1962 and 1968 Scholarships is to provide financial assistance to UW undergraduate students who may not qualify for need-based financial aid, but for whom the cost of attending the University poses significant financial challenges. In particular, both alumni groups aim to support undergraduate students who are tackling work and school commitments.
  • Curriculum Vitae (list of honors, awards, service, research, scholarships, work, etc.);
  • Two letters of recommendation: at least one letter must be from a faculty member who has taught you, which addresses intellectual curiosity, academic potential, and character.  At least one letter should speak in support of your extra-curricular or experiential learning activity or work experience: how it is building upon your academic work, further developing leadership skills and/or creating capacity for understanding critical concepts. The letter writers will be asked to upload their letter into the online application. 
  • An unofficial copy of your most recent UW transcript and transfer transcript (if you have transferred to the UW in 2020-2021 academic year);
  • Optional question (max 150 words): In what unique ways has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you and your candidacy for these scholarships?


Selection will be based on:
  • Intellectual ability
  • Sense of purpose & personal promise
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • Demonstrated commitment to community engagement
  • Well-formulated ideas about the direction of studies and future career
  • The impact of the scholarship in filling a financial gap for the student.
  • Fit with each of the four scholarships’ unique requirements.

Contact Information
Emily Smith
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
Center for Experiential Learning
University of Washington
171 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352803
Seattle  WA  98195-2803
Telephone:  206-543-4170