Rotary Scholarship

Autumn 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?

rotary logoCreated 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.

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.

Take The Next StepS

To learn more about our programs, check out the following list of eligible certificate programs, talk to an enrollment coach and/or attend an information session

Review the student eligibility criteria below to find out if you qualify for a Rotary Scholarship. Here's how to apply.

Applications are due by April 12, 2024.

Eligible Certificate PROGRAMS

Students interested in one of these certificate programs may be eligible for a 2024 Rotary Scholarship. 

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
  • Apply and be accepted to one of the eligible certificate programs
  • 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 12 months prior to the start of your program (unless taking prerequisite courses)
  • Be willing to be interviewed via Zoom, if requested
  • Be willing to attend an in-person Rotary meeting on May 31, 2024
  • 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.

How to Apply

  1. Carefully review the student eligibility criteria and admission requirements for your chosen certificate program to make sure you qualify.
  2. Complete the scholarship application between March 19 and April 12, 2024. 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 a copy of your 2022 or 2023 tax return. If you have any questions, contact us.
  3. After you submit your materials, they will be reviewed by the Rotary Club. You may be asked to attend an informal Zoom interview with Rotary members on Saturday, May 4.
  4. Check your email! We'll notify you of scholarship decisions by May 17, 2024.


  • You may apply for a scholarship for one certificate program.


  • Scholarship decisions are made by the Rotary Scholarship Committee. All decisions are final.
  • Scholarship awards cannot be deferred and are not transferable to other certificate programs.
  • Scholarship awards are contingent on acceptance into your chosen certificate program. Be sure that you meet your program's eligibility requirements. 
  • Scholarship recipients must successfully complete each course in their certificate program to receive the scholarship award for the remaining courses.
  • Scholarship recipients cannot be enrolled in other UW programs while completing their awarded certificate program.
  • Additional awards beyond the 80% may be awarded to students with extreme extenuating circumstances as funds remain available.
  • Scholarship recipients must sign a Scholarship Agreement within one week of notification.
  • Scholarship recipients must meet all deadlines for accepting, registering and paying fees as stated in the Scholarship Agreement.

scholarship details

award amount:

SCholarship Applications:
Accepted March 19–April 12

CERTIFIcATE Program start:
Autumn 2024


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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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