WEL Certificate Scholarship


With a Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Certificate Scholarship, you’ll have financial support as you earn a UW certificate, build entrepreneurial networks and prepare to launch your own new venture.

WHat’s the WEL Scholarship?

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (WEL) Certificate Scholarship supports aspiring entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and innovators who are enrolled in the UW Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program.

Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career.

  • The WEL Certificate Scholarship provides recipients a waiver each quarter that covers at least 80% of registration and course fees for the certificate program.
  • 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

This scholarship is funded in part by BECU and the Seattle Finance Collective. 

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How To Apply

After you’re accepted into the Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program, you’ll receive information about applying for the WEL Certificate Scholarship. Here are your next steps:

  1. Apply for admission to the UW Certificate in Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program.

  2. Check your email! We’ll contact you within two weeks to let you know if you’ve been accepted into the certificate program.

  3. If you’re accepted to the program, you’ll get a follow-up email with a link to the scholarship application. Be sure to complete the WEL Certificate Scholarship application online by the deadline.

    Note: Carefully review the scholarship rules and requirements below to determine your eligibility. To confirm your income eligibility, submit your 2021 U.S. federal income tax return according to the instructions on the scholarship application.

  4. Check your email again! We’ll communicate scholarship decisions before the program starts.

Who's Eligible?

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.

To be considered for the WEL Certificate Scholarship, you must:

  • Live in Washington state
  • Apply and be accepted to the UW Certificate in Womens Entrepreneurial Leadership program
  • 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 have been a part- or full-time student in the last 12 months (unless taking prerequisite courses) 
  • Not be a UW Continuum College employee or an immediate family member thereof

* To qualify for a UW Certificate Scholarship, your household income for 2021 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 2021 federal income tax return. 

People in Household

Annual Income

1 $40,770
2 $54,930
3 $69,090
4 $83,020
5 $97,410
6 $111,570
7 $125,730
8 $139,890

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 will be notified about scholarship decisions on December 16.

Awardees can't be enrolled in other UW programs while completing their awarded certificate program. 

Scholarship decisions are made by a scholarship committee. The committee follows a predetermined scoring system in evaluating scholarship applications and all decisions are final. 

Scholarship awardees will be required to sign and return a 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 must successfully complete each course to receive the scholarship award for the remaining course.

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.

Scholarship details

Award amount: 80% of registration and course fees

STATUS: Closed

PROgram Start: January 2024


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“The Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Certificate Program is fantastic! I learned so much from the instructors, coaches, guest speakers, and my peers in the class. The scholarship I received to attend the program made this special opportunity possible for me.”

— Erin, 2022 Scholarship Recipient & WEL Certificate Graduate

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