UW 50th Reunion Student Assistance Fund

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The purpose of this endowed fund is to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students at the University of Washington who may not qualify for need-based financial aid, but for whom the cost of attending the University poses significant financial challenges.

Generous gifts from the graduates of the Class of 1968 and beyond fund this scholarship in honor of their 50th Reunions. Their intent in developing this scholarship fund is to support hardworking students in need of financial resources.

Funds from this scholarship may be used toward tuition, books, fees, and other educational expenses.


To be eligible for this scholarship, students must:

  • Be current full-time enrolled undergraduate students during 2022-2023 (graduating seniors are eligible if full-time enrolled in spring 2023); 
  • Demonstrate academic merit, leadership and service, and
  • Students who don't qualify for forms of need-based financial aid, but who are tackling work and school commitments and for whom the cost of attending the UW poses significant financial challenges.
  • 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 for the UW Alumni Reunion and Class Gift Scholarships, which includes six different scholarships offered by the Class of 1954, Class of 1955, Class of 1957, Class of 1962, Class of 2016, and the UW 50th Reunion Student Assistance Fund. The application will open on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

The online application will require:

  • A personal statement of 800 words or less describing extra-curricular activities, co-curricular activities, work and/or other forms of experiential learning (opportunities for learning outside of class through study abroad, research, community engagement, volunteering, etc.), and their relevance to your academic, career and/or professional goals.
  • If you are NOT receiving need-based financial aid AND are working full-time or part-time to finance your education, please tell us about your work experience during school here (and please make sure work experience is included on your resume). (Max 300 words.)
  • Optional question (max 150 words): In what unique ways has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your application for this scholarship? This response is truly optional. Everyone has been impacted by COVID-19 in very different ways. Please only include a response here if COVID-19 directly impacted your completion of this application.
  • A copy of your most recent curriculum vitae or resume (a listing of work experiences, service, research, honors, awards, scholarships, etc.). There is no page limit on this document. Please make sure it is both concise and thorough.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member, adviser, supervisor from an extracurricular or experiential learning activity or work experience, or other mentor who knows you well. This letter should address your academic engagement and potential, engagement in extracurricular and/or experiential learning activities and/or work experiences, and how your engagements are building upon your academic work.
    • Please request and discuss this recommendation letter with your preferred recommender in advance of listing them in the application to ensure they are available to write and submit a letter.
    • Once you enter your recommender's contact information into the application, they will receive an automatic email with information about how to log in and submit their letter. Sometimes those emails get caught by spam filters, so it is your responsibility to follow up with your recommender to ensure they received that message and have all the information they need to submit a letter for you.
  • Your grades: your UW transcript will automatically upload into your application. Please submit unofficial transcripts from any other college or university you attended.

A selection panel of UW faculty, staff and alumni will review all completed applications and select 1-2 students to receive each scholarship. Scholarship selection will be based on:

  • Academic engagement and potential.
  • Sense of purpose about your studies and activities.
  • Potential to make positive contributions to your field and/or society in your future career.
  • Demonstrated depth of thinking and reflection about connections between activities, engagements, work, etc. and the value of those experiences to your learning or future trajectory.
  • Well-formulated ideas about the direction of studies and future career.
  • Alignment with each of the scholarships’ unique requirements.

Notification of the campus selection panel's decisions will be e-mailed to applicants in mid-May. Students selected to receive these scholarships will be able to choose when the scholarships will be disbursed (options will include spring 2023, summer 2023, or fall 2023).

Receipt of any scholarship, including these, can impact any financial aid you may be receiving, and the awarding of these scholarships can also be impacted by financial aid limits. This should not discourage you from applying! If you are selected, we can work through any of those circumstances that could come up.

Contact Information
Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
Center for Experiential Learning
University of Washington
171 Mary Gates Hall, Box 352803
Seattle  WA  98195-2803
Telephone:  206-543-2603