Martin Achievement Scholarship Program

Website: Martin Family Foundation


The Martin Family Foundation established the Martin Achievement Scholarship program to fund students who have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in art, humanities, music, science, and/or leadership at one of the fifteen community colleges located around the Puget Sound region. The program will select Martin Achievement Scholars early in their community college career and will fund, encourage and support their study and eventual transfer to the University of Washington-Seattle Campus.

Martin Achievement Scholars may receive $5,000 in support for their second year in community college and up to $12,000 per year for three years at UW.  Awarded on a competitive basis, the Martin Achievement Scholarship recognizes promise and accomplishment in academics, leadership, or contributions to the community. 

Please note: Community college students should be applying for this scholarship over a year in advance of when they anticipate transferring to UW-Seattle. For example, if you hope to transfer to UW-Seattle in fall 2021, then apply for this scholarship in winter 2020, to receive $5,000 for your final year of community college studies in 2020-21 and then start at UW-Seattle in fall 2021 with the $12,000/year scholarship.


Applicants must:

  • Be Washington State residents who meet any one of the following three categories:
    1. US citizens, or
    2. US Permanent Residents, or
    3. Eligible for in-state tuition through HB 1079 qualification.
      • For additional information about HB 1079 qualification, please visit and If this applies to you, please also be aware that although some community colleges may have different requirements, UW requires that to qualify for in-state tuition through HB 1079 you must meet all of the following three criteria:
        • Received a diploma from a Washington high school OR the equivalent of a diploma (GED) in Washington State.
        • Lived in Washington for at least three calendar years (not school years) prior to receiving their diploma or its equivalent (GED).
        • Continuously resided in Washington since receiving the high school diploma or its equivalent (GED).
      • If you have any questions or concerns about meeting this requirement, please contact Robin Chang at or 206-543-2603.
  • Be currently enrolled students at: Bellevue, Cascadia, Edmonds, Everett, Grays Harbor, Green River, Highline, North Seattle, Olympic, Peninsula, Pierce, Seattle Central, Shoreline, South Seattle or Tacoma Community College pursuing their first baccalaureate degree. The Achievement Scholarship is currently limited to students at these specific schools.
  • Have earned a minimum of 15 community college transfer credits.
  • Have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in science, humanities, music, art, and/or leadership.
  • Applicants for the 2020 Martin Achievement Scholarship should not plan to transfer to the UW-Seattle prior to summer 2021. The UW portion of the award will be contingent upon successful admission to the University of Washington Seattle as a matriculated student.
  • The selection committee gives no consideration to an applicant's gender, race, color, creed, or national origin.

Running Start students are not eligible to apply for this scholarship, but should consider applying for the Martin Honors Scholarship.

Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
Citizen Type
  • Us Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

The Martin Achievement Scholarship application is available at

Applicants interested in applying for the Martin Achievement Scholarship will be asked to submit the following materials:

  • A completed online application, including basic biographical and educational information, along with 4 short response questions:
    • What are the two most significant courses you have taken at the community college in preparation for your career? Briefly explain why these courses were most significant? (Limit 500 words)
    • Describe an activity or experience that has been important in shaping, clarifying, and/or strengthening your motivation to pursue an undergraduate degree in your proposed field of study. Why do you think this particular activity or experience influenced you? (Limit 500 words)
    • Describe a recent particularly satisfying experience or activity at either work, community service, or with your family (do not repeat the experience described in the previous question). (Limit 600 words)
    • What additional personal information do you wish to share with the Martin Scholarship Review Committee? (Limit 500 words)
  • Current transcripts from all community colleges/universities attended. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  • A Curriculum Vitae or activities resume listing honors, awards, scholarships, service, research, work experience, etc., and
  • Two letters of recommendation; at least one must be written by a faculty member addressing the candidate's intellectual curiosity and potential.  The other can be written by someone able to address the candidate's capabilities and volunteer/community involvement.

After reviewing applications, a select number of applicants will be invited to the University of Washington-Seattle campus to interview with the Martin Family Foundation Board on May 12, 2020. Final selection decisions will be made by the Martin Family Foundation Board after those interviews.

Contact Information

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall
Box 352803
Seattle, WA 98195-2805
Phone: 206-543-2603