The North Seattle College Education Fund will award more than $700,000 in scholarships during the 2017-2018 academic year. The majority of our scholarships are awarded in the spring for the following year; some are available on a quarterly basis or through specialized college programs.

Visit to view current scholarship offerings, deadlines, and criteria before applying. If you have additional questions, please read the Scholarship FAQ below before contacting us.

Please note that completing an application does not guarantee that a student will receive a scholarship, as the Education Fund does not always have enough funds available for all students.

Third-Party Scholarships

Information on third-party (external) scholarships is available in the Current Scholarships section of the NSC Financial Aid web page. Third-party scholarships are not related to or run by the Education Fund, and we will not be able to answer questions regarding them.

Advisors, counselors, Financial Aid staff, or your instructors may be able to suggest other resources as well.



Scholarship FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions




Who can apply for a scholarship?

Education Fund scholarships are available for students taking tuition-bearing classes at North Seattle College. At this time, we do not offer scholarships for international students. Education Fund scholarships cannot be used for ABE or ESL tuition.

Most Education Fund scholarships require a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, but requirements may vary based on donor intent. Visit the Scholarships section of to view the list of available scholarships and their individual requirements.

Students who receive a scholarship are required to maintain a 2.5 quarterly GPA, complete a minimum of 10 academic credits at North Seattle College each quarter, and volunteer at least 5 hours each quarter.

Many of our scholarships are need-based, however some are strictly merit-based. Education Fund scholarships are intended to help pay for tuition at North Seattle College. Scholarships may be adjusted based on actual enrollment.

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When can I apply for a scholarship?

At this time, the Education Fund has one annual award cycle and two mid-year cycles. When you apply for a scholarship, you are applying for funding for the next quarter (not including summer) – scholarships are not awarded for the current quarter.

  • Annual: The application is available on the first day of spring quarter and is typically due in mid-May. Applications are then reviewed and award announcements are made by the end of June. Funding is provided for the following school year (fall, winter, spring), starting in September. At this time, we do not issue general scholarships for summer quarter.
  • Fall: Applications for mid-year awards become available at the start of fall quarter and are typically due in early November. Awards are announced in December, with funds provided for the following winter and spring quarters. Please note that there is extremely limited funding available during this cycle.
  • Winter: Applications for the winter scholarship cycle become available at the start of winter quarter and are typically due in late February. Awards are announced in March, with funds provided for the following spring quarter. Please note that there is extremely limited funding available during this cycle.

Program specific scholarships may be offered at other times throughout the year, as funding is available. You can view the list of current scholarship offerings at

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How do I apply for a scholarship

Visit and create your scholarship application profile. You can save your scholarship application at any time and return to it before the deadline.

When creating your profile, please make sure that the name you are using is the exact same as the one on your North Seattle College student record. Please do not use any nicknames, maiden names, or aliases, unless you are registered at NSC under those names.

Required information:

  • 500-word personal statement
  • Academic and career history
  • One academic recommendation, requested through the application
    • Recommendations submitted from outside the application system will not be accepted
  • A copy of your Academic Transcript from NSC (unofficial)
    You can access your transcript from the MyNorth student portal
  • A copy of your 2017-2018 FAFSA or WASFA student aid report and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

Scholarships are not automatically renewed; you must apply again each year if you want to be considered.

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How do I know my student status?

You must identify yourself in one student status when submitting your application:

  • Are you going to graduate from high school this coming spring and start at North Seattle College the next fall? Or are you a current Running Start student at NSC, who is going to graduate from high school and continue at North next fall? Your status is High School Student.
  • Are you a non-Running Start student who is taking classes at North Seattle College during the current quarter? Your status is Current NSC Student.
  • Will next quarter be your first quarter at North? Or have you attended NSC, but are not currently taking classes in the current quarter? Your status is New or Returning NSC Student.

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What should I put in my personal statement?

Organize your statement so that readers can clearly understand who you are, your academic and career goals, and why you deserve to receive a scholarship. Please make sure to address the topics listed in the application instructions.

Share aspects of your background that will help the committee understand your obstacles, successes and the lessons you’ve learned from them. The maximum length is 500 words (about one-page). Pay close attention to your grammar and punctuation!

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Why do I need to provide financial information?

We want to make sure that you have received every dollar available to you, which means we require all scholarship applicants to complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA or WASFA to qualify for our scholarships. Even if you think you are ineligible for federal or state funding, you never know until you apply!

Most Education Fund scholarships consider financial need when selecting recipients and require that to provide your FAFSA or WASFA Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Your financial information will be kept confidential and is only used to determine eligibility for need-based scholarships.

If you believe your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is inaccurate, please contact the NSC Financial Aid office to find out if you are eligible for an adjustment.

The Education Fund does not make exceptions and will only consider your official EFC at the time of your scholarship application.

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Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

You will need one recommendation from someone who knows you academically, ideally NSC faculty members, advisors, or counselors. We suggest sending them a copy of your personal statement to assist them as they write their recommendations.

If you do not have someone who knows you academically, you may submit recommendations from non-academic sources, such as employers or community/volunteer leaders. Recommendations from family members will not be accepted.

Recommendations are requested directly through the application system; you will need valid email addresses for the individuals you plan to ask for recommendations. Recommendations submitted from outside the application system will not be accepted.

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