Updated 12/5/2023

Scholarships are useless unless you GET INTO A COLLEGE, so focus on college applications first! The organizations and programs that offer scholarships also know this, so many more will open up their applications later in the year. You can check “Helen’s Google Spreadsheet” to the right to see past timelines for scholarships and ongoing updates for scholarships that have announced when their applications open. Also, keep in mind that you will be eligible for financial aid just by doing your FAFSA, so you don’t need to pay for all your college costs just with scholarships. Sincerely, Helen

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

    Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

    The scholarship is renewable for all four years of college. Students attending four-year colleges will receive $4,000 per year for four years. Students attending two-year colleges will receive $2,000 per year for two years. If they transfer or transition to a four-year college, they will receive $4,000 per year for their final two years.

    The goal of this scholarship is to help deserving students achieve the dream of a higher education. The scholarship seeks out students who show financial need and academic promise, have overcome obstacles, and who contribute to their community. The scholarship is limited to students from ethnic or racial groups that are underrepresented in higher education.


  • Black American Engineering Scholarship Award

    Application Deadline: February 18, 2024  

    The Black American Engineering Scholarship Award provides opportunities to underrepresented students in the field of engineering by providing scholarship funds and a support system through mentorship.


    – Up to $10,000 per school year is awarded to be used for tuition, books, fees and/or room & board
    – Opportunity to receive mentoring from successful business professionals
    – Renewable annually for up to 4 years for a complete Bachelor’s degree


  • Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (Baccalaureate)

    Application Opens: January 10, 2024 (but you can start on the essays before that)
    Application Deadline:  February 29, 2024

    The Baccalaureate Scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors. This scholarship can be used to cover tuition, fees and other indirect costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more. Funding can be used for any eligible STEM or health care degree at any eligible public or private college or university in Washington state.

    WSOS requires two written responses, which you can start on before the application opens! Check the prompts and essay tips here.


  • Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs

    Application Deadline:  March 15, 2024 by 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time

    “The Horatio Alger Association supports deserving young people who are overcoming significant challenges and are committed to pursuing higher education. Our scholarships and services serve as a powerful symbol of recognition of Scholars’ character and of our belief in their potential.”

    There are multiple Horatio Alger Association scholarship programs, but by filling out one application you will be considered for all scholarships you are eligible for: Apply Here

    Example Awards through Horatio Alger Association include:

    • State Scholarship – Washington (Juniors only): 10 awards of $10,000 each
    • National Scholarship (Juniors only): 106 awards of $25,000 each
    • Patricia Cole Scholarship for Business or STEM (Seniors only): 5 awards of $12,500 each