Southeast Seattle Career Scholarship

Path to Opportunity

You can build in-demand tech skills and a pathway to a new career with the help of the UW Continuum College Southeast Seattle Career Scholarship.

Up to 12 scholarships are available for qualified applicants who would like to take the Foundations of Programming (Python) course at the Othello-UW Commons starting in January 2020. The Othello-UW Commons is a learning and collaboration space in the heart of Southeast Seattle’s Othello neighborhood.

Each scholarship award covers more than 80 percent of the participant’s course fees, bringing down the cost from $995 (plus $55 registration fee) to $199.

Foundations of Programming (Python)

Foundations of Programming (Python) is a 10-week introductory technology course, approved by the UW Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. You do not need any technical training or prior experience to enroll.

This course was selected to run at the Othello-UW Commons by Southeast Seattle community partners to give local people the opportunity to build fundamental programming skills. The purpose of the scholarship is to break down the barrier of cost and provide a path toward high-demand jobs in data or tech.

Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be living in Washington state and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Not exceed the household income limits listed on this page*
  • Not have access to financial assistance from an employer or a third party to pay for your course
  • Not be a UW Continuum College employee or an immediate family member thereof

Preference will be given to applicants living in Southeast Seattle, with zip codes 98118 and 98108.

* To qualify for this scholarship, your household income for the last calendar year cannot exceed the amounts listed on this page. As part of the application, you will be required to state your household income and provide a copy of your most recent income tax return.

People in Household

Annual Income

1 $37,470
2 $50,730
3 $63,990
4 $77,250
5 $90,510
6 $103,770
7 $117,030
8 $130,290

How do you apply?

  1. Complete the scholarship application form.

  2. Return your application by mail or in person, with a copy of your 2018 U.S. income tax return. We cannot accept applications by email.

  3. Scholarship applications are due by November 25, 2019, and all decisions will be communicated via email by December 16.

  4. If you are offered a scholarship, you will receive a scholarship agreement to sign and return before you enroll in the course.

  5. The scholarship covers more than 80 percent of the course costs; each awardee will be required to pay the remaining balance ($199) by January 7, 2020. 

Scholarship Rules & Additional Details

Scholarship applications are accepted through November 25, 2019. No late applications are accepted.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by mail or in person. If submitted by mail, your application must be postmarked no later than November 25.

Incomplete applications and applications from ineligible students will not be considered.

Applications and supporting documents cannot be returned.

Applicants will be notified about scholarship decisions by December 16.

Scholarship decisions are made by a scholarship review committee. All decisions are final. 

Each applicant selected for a scholarship will be required to sign a scholarship agreement acknowledging the expectation that they will attend weekly classes and complete course assignments.

Payment of $199 for the remaining course/registration fees will be due by January 7, 2020.

Scholarship awards cannot be deferred and are not transferable to other UW programs.

Application Deadline

November 25, 2019

Course Begins

January 21, 2020


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