Southeast Seattle Career Scholarship

Applications for this scholarship are now closed. This information reflects a past scholarship cycle. To get information about the next scholarship cycle, which opens in spring 2021 for a course start date of September 2021, subscribe to the email list at the bottom of this page. 

A 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.

Scholarships are available for qualified applicants who'd like to take the Foundations of Programming (Python) course at the Othello-UW Commons

Funded in part by a generous gift from the Boeing Company, awards cover more than 80% of the student’s course fees.

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 don't 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 locals 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.

Who's eligiBle?

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 below*
  • 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 To apply

  1. Complete the scholarship application form.

  2. Return your application by mail or in person and include a copy of your 2018 U.S. income tax return. We can't accept applications by email. 

  3. Check your email! We'll communicate scholarship decisions by email by December 16.

  4. If you're offered a scholarship, you'll receive a scholarship agreement to sign and return before you enroll in the course.

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

Scholarship Rules and  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 can't 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.

scholarship details

application status: Closed

Next scholarship cycle: Fall 2021

Kifle Mandefro

“Even though I know we live in the era where data is the most valuable asset, I was kept out because I was afraid it is too late and too difficult to learn. But as the weeks went by my fears faded and confidence emerged. Thank you for giving me a chance to be in this great program.”

— Kifle Mandefro, Scholarship Recipient


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