UW College of Education Early Learning Equity Scholarship

Website: UW College of Education


The Early Learning Equity (ELE) Scholarship seeks to diversify and increase the number of highly qualified early educators and leaders in WA state, reducing financial need barriers they encounter in obtaining an early learning bachelor's degree. The scholarship will cover students' unmet financial need, including cost of attendance! Students who identify as BIPOC, particularly those who identify as Black or African American, Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and/or Hispanic/Latino/a/x/e are highly encouraged to apply.


The following factors will be considered in the selection process for the ELE Scholarship:

  • Be a Washington state resident
  • Be a newly enrolled student, or returning to UW after at least one year away, and admitted to one of the UW College of Education's early learning bachelor’s degree programs:
  • Submitted one of the following financial aid applications for the upcoming academic year:
  • Students who identify as part of an underrepresented minority group
  • First-generation students. The University of Washington defines first-generation as:
    • An individual, neither of whose parents completed a baccalaureate degree.
    • An individual who, prior to the age of 18, regularly resided with and received support from only one parent and whose supporting parent did not complete a baccalaureate degree.
    • An individual who, prior to the age of 18, did not regularly reside with or receive support from a natural or adoptive parent.
    • If your parent(s) and/or guardian(s) attended college but do not have a bachelor’s degree (i.e., did not graduate), you are first-generation.
  • Students intending to work in early learning after graduation, preferably in Washington state
Student Type
  • sophomore
  • junior
  • senior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • Undocumented
Contact Information
If you have any questions, please contact the College of Education's Office of Student Services at edinfo@uw.edu.