Rotary Scholarship


Education unlocks opportunities — so don’t let cost stand in the way. Gain the skills you need to succeed in today’s workforce with a Rotary Scholarship for a UW certificate program. Apply and advance your career.

What's the Rotary Scholarship?

Created through the generous funding of the Rotary Club of the University District, the Rotary Scholarship is intended to help individuals who’ve experienced barriers to work opportunities get ahead through education. Learn more.

Scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000, depending on the cost of the certificate program. The scholarship pays for 80% of registration and course fees. The student is responsible for the remaining costs, plus any necessary books or class materials.   

Eligible Certificate PROGRAMS

This spring, we’re awarding Rotary Scholarships to qualified individuals who want to advance their career goals by enrolling in a cohort-based offering of one of the certificate programs below. All eligible programs start in fall 2023. Here's how to apply.

Business & Leadership

Data & Applied Math

Education, Nonprofit & Society

Engineering, Construction & Sustainability

Marketing, Communication & Design

Programming & Tech

Who's eligible for this scholarship?

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be living in Washington state
  • Not exceed the household income limits listed below for the last calendar year*
  • Not have access to financial assistance from your employer to pay for your program
  • Not have been a part- or full-time student in the last 12 months (unless taking prerequisite courses)
  • Be willing to be interviewed via Zoom, if requested
  • Be willing to attend an in-person Rotary meeting to receive your award on Friday, May 19, 2023
  • Not be a Rotary member, a UW Continuum College employee or an immediate family member thereof

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* To qualify for a Rotary Scholarship, your household income for the last calendar year can’t exceed the amounts listed. As part of the application, you’ll be required to state your household income and provide a copy of your most recent federal income tax return. 


  1. Carefully review the scholarship qualifications and admission requirements for your chosen certificate program to make sure you qualify. If you have any questions, contact us.
  2. Email to receive a link to the scholarship application. Please include your chosen certificate program.
  3. Complete the online scholarship application by April 6, 2023. The application will ask you to describe your reasons for applying, your career goals and how the UW certificate will help you on your path. You'll also need to upload your resume and a copy of your most recent tax return.
  4. After you submit your materials, you may be asked to attend an informal Zoom interview with Rotary members on April 22 or April 29, 2023.
  5. Check your email! We'll notify you of scholarship decisions by May 5, 2023.


  • Scholarships are available for cohort-based offerings only; self-paced programs do not qualify.
  • Scholarship applications are accepted until the posted deadline.
  • Supplemental documents submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the posted deadline. No late applications or supplemental materials are accepted. 
  • Incomplete applications and applications from ineligible students will not be considered.
  • Scholarship decisions are made by the Rotary Scholarship Committee. All decisions are final. 
  • Scholarship awardees will be required to sign and return a scholarship agreement by May 12, 2023. You will need to pay the balance for the first course by July 18, 2023. If the above deadlines are missed, the scholarship offer will expire. 
  • Scholarship awards can't be deferred and are not transferable to other certificate programs.
  • Scholarship recipients must successfully complete each course in their certificate program to receive the scholarship award for the remaining courses.
  • By signing the scholarship agreement, the recipient acknowledges the expectation that they will complete the certificate in consecutive quarters.
  • Additional awards may be awarded to students with extenuating circumstances as funds remain available. 

scholarship details

award amount: $2,500-$5,000

Application status: Open

Deadline: April 6, 2023


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Abel Mengstu

“This scholarship is helping me achieve my goal of a new career in information technology. It might not be easy to pay back what people have done for me, but it’s important for me to do something for my community and the world.”

 Abel Mengstu, Past Rotary Scholarship Recipient

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