Rotary Scholarship

winter 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 Step

After you apply and are accepted into an eligible certificate program, you’ll receive information about applying for a UW Certificate Scholarship. See the student eligibility criteria below.

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

Eligible Certificate PROGRAMS

Students who apply to one of these certificate programs may be eligible for a 2024 Rotary Scholarship. 

Business & Leadership

Data & Applied Math

Education, Nonprofit & Society

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

✔ Carefully review the admission requirements for your chosen certificate program to make sure you qualify. If you have any questions, contact us.

Apply to the certificate program

Check your email! We’ll contact you within two weeks to let you know if you’ve been accepted into the certificate program. If you’re accepted, you’ll get an email with the scholarship application link.

Complete the scholarship application by December 1, 2023. Scholarship applications will be accepted until the posted deadline. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted.

To confirm your income eligibility, submit your 2022 U.S. federal income tax return according to the instructions on the scholarship application.

Check your email! We'll notify you about scholarship decisions by December 15, 2023.


  • Scholarships are not available for self-paced programs. 
  • 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 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 Nov. 1–Dec. 1

CERTIFIcATE Program start:
Winter 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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