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 2022, then apply for this scholarship in winter 2021, to receive $5,000 for your final year of community college studies in 2021-22 and then start at UW-Seattle in fall 2022 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 or DACA standards.
  • 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 2021 Martin Achievement Scholarship should not plan to transfer to the UW-Seattle prior to summer 2022. 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.

Students planning to transfer to UW in 2021 should also consider applying for the Martin Honors Scholarship.

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

The Martin Achievement Scholarship application is open 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, and an optional question about impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • 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)
    • In what unique ways has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you and your candidacy for this scholarship? (Optional, limit 200 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 to interview with the Martin Family Foundation Board on May 11, 2021. 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