Student Scholarships

Scholarship awards are based on financial need, personal history, academic merit, achievement, and/or specific areas of study. The annual application process for student scholarships begins in January and ends in March. A maximum of three quarters of tuition (based on a 15-credit load) may be awarded and can be used as early as summer quarter of the same year. The opening date for each year’s scholarship round begins around January 15 and closes around March 15.

The South Seattle College Foundation and Seattle Colleges Foundation have partnered to create the new logging-in/creating-account portal for all scholarship opportunities. The annual scholarship program for both foundations will be offered only once per academic year.

Scholarship awards for South Seattle College students are made by the South Seattle College Foundation, based on donor specifications and preferences. Unrestricted SSCF scholarship funds are also available. In the Spring 2020 scholarship round, over $353,000 in scholarship money was awarded to 97 students. In the Spring 2021 scholarship round, over $387,000 in scholarship money was awarded to 119 students. In the Spring 2022 scholarship round, awards were made to 96 students for a total of $397,500.  In the Spring 2023 scholarship round, awards were made to 96 students for 142 quarters of scholarship totaling $350,000.


General scholarships are for current, international, and in-coming students. By completing one online application (see link below), students are considered for all appropriate South Seattle College scholarships as well as a few offered by the Seattle Colleges Foundation.

To complete an application, you will need the following:

  • Unofficial college or high school transcript
  • Statement of Financial Need
  • Purpose Statement
  • Personal Statement
  • Two References; at least one reference should be a South faculty or staff member
  • Resume – Optional

The South Seattle College Foundation awards scholarships from money derived from three sources: Endowment Funds, Adopt-A-Student Funds, and the General Scholarship Fund. The South Seattle College Foundation is a separate and distinct entity from the Seattle Colleges Foundation; however, the South Foundation contracts with the Seattle Colleges Foundation to manage the scholarship application process for all South Seattle College students.

For further information regarding the application process and any other questions, please contact Kathie Pham.  See the section below for Kathie’s email address.

To create a login and submit a scholarship application, please click here.

Scholarships can be as much as $4,500 for three quarters, and that can play a valuable role in covering tuition and fees. With one simple application, you can apply to many different scholarship funds. Your future is worth it! To learn more, check out the (Seattle Colleges) Foundation Scholarship Information webpage.

Kathie Pham

Who to contact for information and assistance

Kathie Pham

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