reach your potential
Education turns potential into possibility. Through the UW Certificate Scholarship program, you’ll have a chance to boost your potential — and your career — with a UW certificate.
In May 2022, applications will open for the next certificate scholarship cycle. The programs below are likely to have scholarships available for qualified individuals seeking to enroll in programs in the fall.
Information on this page will be updated as we get closer to the application open date. To stay in the loop, make sure to sign up for email updates at the bottom of this page.
eligible Programs (tentative)
WHat's the UW Certificate Scholarship?
The UW Certificate Scholarship program is an important way to break down barriers to a UW education and help you ignite a change in your career.
Scholarships range in value from $2,500 to $8,000, depending on the cost of the program. Scholarship recipients receive a waiver each quarter that covers at least 80% of registration and course fees for most programs. The student is responsible for the initial $50 application fee, the remaining fees, and the cost of any necessary books and other class materials.
Partners & Donors
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 previous calendar year*
- Not have access to financial assistance from your employer to pay for your program
- Not be a UW Continuum College employee or an immediate family member thereof
* To qualify for a UW Certificate Scholarship, your household income for 2020 can't exceed the amounts listed on this page. As part of the application, you'll be required to state your household income and provide a copy of your 2020 federal income tax return.
People in Household
The University of Washington strives to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, values and viewpoints. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.
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 a follow-up email with a link to the scholarship application.
- Complete the scholarship application online by December 10, 2021.
- To confirm your income eligibility, submit your 2020 U.S. federal income tax return according to the instructions on the scholarship application.
Scholarship Rules & Additional Details
Scholarship applications will be accepted until the posted deadline. Supplemental materials submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the posted deadline. No late applications are accepted.
Incomplete applications and applications from ineligible students will not be considered.
Applicants are notified about scholarship decisions within three weeks of the deadline.
You may apply for a scholarship for more than one certificate program, but you can only be awarded one UW Certificate Scholarship at any one time.
Scholarship decisions are made by a scholarship committee. The committee follows a predetermined scoring system in evaluating scholarship applications and all decisions are final.
Those selected for a scholarship will be required to sign and return the scholarship agreement within 10 days and complete registration, including payment of the balance for the first course, at least two weeks before the first class.
If the above deadlines are missed, the scholarship offer will expire and another candidate may be selected.
If you're not selected for a scholarship award and you decide to withdraw your certificate program application, you may request a refund of the application fee within 15 days of the notification letter.
Scholarship awards can't be deferred and are not transferable to other certificate programs.
Scholarship recipients enrolling in a self-paced program should plan to start their first course the month following their award notification letter.
Scholarship recipients must successfully complete each course to receive the scholarship award for the remaining courses.
Additional awards beyond the 80% may be awarded to students with extenuating circumstances as funds remain available.
Award recipients must agree to being interviewed and/or photographed for UW Professional & Continuing Education and UW Continuum College communications.