Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program

Website: Martin Family Foundation


The Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program enables Washington State Community College students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their baccalaureate degrees at the University of Washington in Seattle. Martin Honors Scholars are encouraged to join departmental honors programs at UW, if available.


Applicants are considered for superior strength of character, intellectual ability, and sense of purpose. They are expected to have well-formulated ideas about the direction of future studies and subsequent careers. There should be evidence that a Martin Scholarship will encourage pursuit of a program of education most likely to fulfill the applicant's potential. Financial need may be considered but is not a requirement.

  • 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 by meeting either HB 1079 or DACA standards. 
  • Applicants must be currently attending or have attended a community college in the state of Washington.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum of 36 credits at a Washington State community college by the time they matriculate at the University of Washington. Students who hold an associates degree are encouraged to apply.
  • Washington State community college transfer students who are currently enrolled at the University of Washington may apply if they have not earned more than 18 UW credits by the application deadline in July 2021.
  • The award will depend on successful admission to 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.

This scholarship is open to both transfer students who are not part of Running Start, and Running Start students, assuming all of the eligibility requirements are met.

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

The online application will be available on May 1, 2021 at

  • Important application note:
    • If you have already been assigned a UW NetID, please log into the application using that UW NetID.
    • If you have not yet been assigned a UW NetID, please log into our application system (called "expo") under "All Other Non-UW Users" and follow the instructions to "create a new expo account".

Applicants will use the online application form to submit the following materials:

  • a completed online application form, including basic biographical information, educational information, a brief description of your career goals and their connection to your academic plan, along with these 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)
    • Personal Statement: What additional personal information do you wish to share with the Martin Honors Scholarship Review Committees? Please consider this essay an opportunity to provide additional context to the information already shared in the previous essays. Consider filling in any gaps, or connecting any dots that would allow the selection committees to better understand you and your goals. (Limit 500 words)
    • Optional: In what unique ways has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you and your candidacy for this scholarship? (Limit 200 words)
  • An activities resume or curriculum vitae listing honors, awards, scholarships, service, research, work experience, etc.,
  • Current transcripts from all community colleges/universities attended. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one must be written by a faculty member addressing the candidate's intellectual curiosity and potential; and one can come from an individual who can address the candidate's capabilities and volunteer/community involvement. Applicants will register their recommenders in the online application, which will generate an email with instructions to the recommender for submitting their letter online.

After reviewing applications, a select number of applicants will be asked to prepare an additional brief essay. Essays will be reviewed by the Martin Scholarship Selection Committee and finalists will be invited for an interview with the Martin Family Foundation Board in September 2021.

NOTE:  Individuals who are writing letters of recommendation must upload their letters to meet the application deadline. If they have questions, please have them contact the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards.
    Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
    171 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352803
    Seattle  WA  98195
Telephone: 206-543-2603

Contact Information

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall
Box 352803
Seattle, WA 98195-2803
Phone: 206-543-2603
Fax: 206-685-7264