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Refugee & Immigrant Scholarship

Financial assistance for refugees and immigrants

Prep for Professional Success

Gain the skills and credentials you need to build a professional career in the United States with financial assistance toward a UW certificate program or course.

Program Details

Offered by Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA), the financial assistance is part of the Day 1 program, which helps refugees and immigrants with professional backgrounds get retrained and recertified in their previous careers. ReWA is a nationally recognized nonprofit that provides services to help refugee and immigrant women and families thrive.

To help refugees and immigrants gain access to U.S. educational credentials and career opportunities, the Day 1 program offers:

  • Financial assistance toward professional certificate programs or courses
  • Short-term rental assistance
  • Career coaching
  • Case management services


To be considered for the Day 1 program, you must:

  • Be a U.S. immigrant, refugee or asylee
  • Have a work permit
  • Live in the Puget Sound region
  • Have a household income below the 50% income level from the 2022 HUD guidelines (see table below)
  • Have English language proficiency at ESL Level 3 or above
  • Have higher education/university degree from your home country
  • Be motivated to take action towards your professional development

People in Household

Annual Income

1 $45,300
2 $51,800
3 $58,250
4 $64,700
5 $69,900
6 $75,100
7 $80,250
8 $85,450


  1. Carefully review the admission requirements for your chosen certificate or course to make sure you qualify.

  2. If you have questions about the program or your qualifications, contact us.

  3. Send an email to ReWA’s Day 1 program coordinator to request Day 1 program support. Include the name of the UW certificate program you’d like to enroll in. Make sure to send your request at least two months before the program start to allow enough time for the application and enrollment process. 

  4. You’ll get a questionnaire from ReWA to assess your situation and eligibility. Complete and return the questionnaire promptly.

  5. If ReWA approves your request, you can start the process of enrolling in the certificate program. Our Enrollment Services team is here to help — email or call 800-506-1325.

ADDITIONAL information

Most — but not all — UW certificate programs and courses are eligible for Day 1 support. When you contact ReWA to request participation in the Day 1 program, the program coordinator will let you know if your chosen program qualifies.

Award decisions are made by ReWA, and all decisions are final.

scholarship details

Award amount: Up to $5,000

application status: Open

APPLICATION DEADLINE: None;  open while funds are available

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