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Thanks to generous donations from businesses, individuals, families, professional and community organizations, and friends of the college, Cascadia's Foundation offers many scholarships for Cascadia students. All Cascadia students and prospective students -- domestic, international, and undocumented -- are encouraged to apply. See this year's application and guidelines below for all the important details.

Visit the Cascadia College Foundation page for the list of 2021-22 scholarship recipients.

NEW! FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARD CYCLE!
August 2 - October 15, 2021

See additional scholarship opportunities below.

Scholarship Application and Guidelines

Complete the application

  • Register at AwardSpring by clicking the Apply Now button above.
  • Complete the online scholarships application (available here beginning August 2, 2021)

This will include:

      • Answering all application questions
      • Uploading your most recent unofficial Cascadia transcript or your most recent high school or non-Cascadia transcript
      • Completing a short, written essay (around 600 words) or uploading a video of yourself addressing the essay questions
      • Digitally signing your application

For alternate ways to obtain an application, please email scholarships@cascadia.edu or call 425-352-8201.

Important: Applications are incomplete and will not be considered without your digital signature, transcript, and essay or video.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)

Foundation scholarships are available for students who do not apply for state/federal assistance. To ensure that you are considered for all financial assistance available to you, we do recommend that you complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and/or the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). Contact Cascadia's Student Financial Aid Office for guidelines and deadlines. 

  • US Citizens and eligible non-citizens can find the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  A valid FAFSA is one that contains all relevant information required by Department of Education and contains an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).  Missing or incomplete applications may delay or disqualify your application. Tax returns or estimates will be required to complete the FAFSA.
  • Completion of the FAFSA does not obligate you to accept loan, grant, or scholarship money.  
  • Non-US citizens can contact scholarships@cascdia.edu with questions.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

  • To be eligible for a scholarship during the fall award cycle, recipients must enroll in courses at Cascadia College for Winter Quarter January 3, 2022 - March 18, 2022 and/or for Spring Quarter March 28, 2022 - June 10, 2022. If you do not plan to enroll at Cascadia during this period, please do not apply for a scholarship.
  • Students enrolled in the Running Start program for the 2021-22 academic year (July 6, 2021 – June 10, 2022) are not eligible. Students completing Running Start during the 2020-2021 academic year and intending to enroll at Cascadia as a general student during the 2021-22 year are eligible.
  • Some application questions ask you to “self-identify” regarding information that our donors and sponsors care about and wish to support through their scholarships. Your selection(s) allow us to match your application with the most appropriate award(s). Please consider your selections thoughtfully.
  • The information you provide will only be shared with scholarship donors and selection committee members without your further consent. 
  • Plan on enrolling in a minimum of ten (10) credits for any quarter you intend to use your scholarship funds from the Foundation.
  • Generally, award disbursement begins the first quarter you enroll. You may request a different disbursement schedule by emailing an appeal to scholarships@cascadia.edu
  • You accept all responsibility for any impact a Foundation scholarship award may have on your financial aid package. Cascadia's Financial Aid Office will be informed of your receipt of this award.
  • Many scholarships are awarded based on criteria other than financial need. Scholarships are available for students who are not eligible for federal assistance. All Cascadia students are encouraged to apply.


Application and Selection Process Timeline

  • The application will be available on this page beginning August 2, 2021. For alternate ways to obtain an application, please contact scholarships@cascadia.edu or 425-352-8201.
  • Completed applications must be submitted online by 5:00 pm, Friday, October 15, 2021. 
  • Interviews may not be conducted for the current application cycle due to COVID-19 restrictions. If interviews are conducted (whether in-person or via video conferencing) an interview date and time will be emailed to the invited applicants two weeks prior. Rescheduling interviews is not permitted. 
  • Award recipients and non-recipients will be notified of the results of their application by email at the address provided in their application by November 12.


Scholarships Offered by the Cascadia College Foundation 2021-22

ASHLER LODGE: Award Amount: $1,000

Established in 2015 by members of the Bothell Masonic Lodge #121, the Ashler Masonic Lodge #121 Endowed Scholarship supports Cascadia College students who graduate from high schools in Cascadia College’s service district – including Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore and Mill Creek areas. Completion of one or more academic goals should enable recipients to improve employment/career opportunities, attain an associate’s degree at Cascadia College, and/or transfer to an institution suitable for achieving their academic goals.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • have graduated high school in Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore or Mill Creek area
  • have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college

Preference is given to students who:

  • demonstrate financial need
  • have been involved in a Masonic Youth group

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (AAUW): Award Amount: $3,000

Established in 2013 by the Kirkland-Redmond chapter of the American Association of University Women, the AAUW Annual Scholarship supports Cascadia students who graduated from a local high school - and did not enroll in college immediately after graduating from high school.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • have a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college
  • have demonstrated financial need
  • be a graduate from a local high school 
  • have not enrolled in college immediately after graduating from high school

Preference is given to female students who:

  • Reside in the Kirkland, Redmond, Bothell, Sammamish, Mill Creek, or Kenmore area and/or otherwise demonstrate a connection to the community served by Kirkland-Redmond AAUW.

Recipients will be expected to attend a chapter meeting to introduce themselves. For more information, visit http://www.aauw.org/who-we-are/.

BIELLA FOUNDATION: Award Amount: $2,000

Established in 2017 in partnership with the Biella Foundation and the South Seattle College Foundation, the Biella Foundation Community and Technical College Scholarship seeks to support Cascadia College students pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in either Mobile Application Development (MOBAPPS) or Sustainable Practices (BASSP).

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • maintain a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA
  • be pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in either Mobile Application Development (MOBAPPS) or Sustainable Practices

Preference is given to students who:

  • have completed 75 college credits

Students enrolled in the Running Start program for the 2021-22 academic year and International Programs students are not eligible.

CASCADIA COLLEGE FOUNDATION: Award Amount $1,500

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college
  • be Washington State residents

To be awarded at the discretion of the CC Foundation.

FOUNDERS AND TRUSTEES: Award Amount: $2,500

Established in 2008 in partnership with the Cascadia College Board of Trustees and the Cascadia College Foundation to honor the college’s founding leadership, the Founders and Trustees award seeks to assist deserving students.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college

Preference is given to students who:

  • have overcome barriers in order to seek higher education
  • are employed
  • have volunteered or been involved in other ways in the community
  • demonstrate financial need

FRANCES BIANCO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR PEACE: Award Amount: $1,000

Through the Frances Bianco Memorial Scholarship for Peace, awardees will be recognized for their commitment to pursuing a career in psychology, human rights and/or social justice – with an emphasis in Peace Studies.  Established in 2014 by Cascadia College Faculty Denise Michaels the scholarship for honors to good and important works of her mother, Frances Bianco.

Students must:

  • be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college
  • be pursuing a career in psychology, human rights and/or social justice

Preference is given to students who:

  • applicants with demonstrated financial need

Students enrolled in the Running Start program for the 2021-22 academic year are not eligible.

JOHN & MARGARET BOCK Award Amount: $2,000

Established in 2007 by Mr. John and Mrs. Margaret Bock, candidates will be enrolled or accepted at Cascadia College and meet all department requirements to be a student in good standing.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college

Special preference is given to students who:

  • are studying the sciences, math, or economics

Preference is given to students who:

  • have demonstrated academic success

JULIE AND GRANT DAVIDSON MEMORIAL: Award Amount: $1,500

Established in 2007 by Mrs. Julie and Mr. Grant Davidson, candidates will be enrolled or accepted at Cascadia College and meet all department requirements to be a student in good standing.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college

Special preference is given to students who:

  • are studying the sciences or math – with the intent of pursuing a career in healthcare

Preference is given to students who:

  • have demonstrated financial need

MURRAY-SANDFORD: Award Amount: $2,000

Established in 2015 by Cascadia College president Dr. Eric Murray and Mr. Jacob Sandford, the Murray-Sandford scholarship supports members of the LGBTQIA+ community who encounter barriers to their success to a greater extent than other students.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college
  • identify as a member of the LGBTQ community

Preference is given to :

  • new applicants over recipients from prior years.

NATHANIEL JACOB ALLEN MEMORIAL: Award Amount: $1,500

Established in 2006 by Jake’s mother, Susan Wolever, and his family and friends, the Nathan Jacob Allen Memorial Scholarship seeks to support Cascadia students with backgrounds similar to Jake Allen.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college

Preference is given to students who:

  • did not earn a high school diploma, or equivalency like the GED, before enrolling at Cascadia College,* and are pursuing a professional-technical degree. 

* Preference is given to students who completed high school equivalency or GED through Cascadia. 
Students enrolled in the Running Start program for the 2021-22 academic year and International Programs students are not eligible.

RICHARD DAKIN AWARD FOR CYBERSECURITY SCHOLARS: Award Amount: $2,500

Established in 2017 in partnership with friends and associates of Mr. Richard Dakin and the Denver Foundation, this award seeks to support students pursuing a cybersecurity or related degree at Cascadia College and either entering the workforce – ideally with a regional cyber-related business – or transferring to a regional college or university offering baccalaureate degrees in cybersecurity or related technology fields. Candidates should demonstrate an aptitude and/or interest in information technology, application development, and/or information security fields.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college

Preference is given to students who:

  • are veterans
  • are interested in business or entrepreneurship
  • demonstrate financial need

TJOSSEM FAMILY: Award Amount: $2,000

Established in 2005 by founding Cascadia College Board Trustee and founding Cascadia College Foundation Board Director, Mr. Robert Tjossem and Mrs. Linda Tjossem, candidates will be enrolled or accepted at Cascadia College and meet all department requirements to be a student in good standing.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college

Special preference is given to students who:

  • are studying the sciences, math or economics

Preference is given to students:

  • have demonstrated academic success but may not be considered to be in the top 10% of students academically.

WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER / GATEWAY: Award Amount: $1,000

Established in 2011 by the Cascadia College Foundation Board of Directors as the Gateway Annual Scholarship, and renamed in 2014 in recognition of retiring Cascadia College president, Dr. Bill Christopher, this award supports students who are first in their family to attend college.

Students must:

  • plan to be enrolled in 10 or more credits per quarter at Cascadia
  • have a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in high school or college
  • be a first in family to attend college

Preference is given to students who:

  • are employed
  • have volunteered in their community, and/or
  • demonstrate financial need 


Resources for National and Washington State Scholarships

This page lists websites for state specific and national scholarships that may help you fund your college expenses. The information presented on these websites does not necessarily reflect the views of Cascadia College, and Cascadia is in no way affiliated with the websites listed.


The Association of Community and Technical Colleges
:
  The Association is offering two scholarships, one for employees of the state CTC system who are pursuing a college degree and one for students graduating from a state CTC.

Accredited Schools Online A resource dedicated to helping minority students identify scholarship opportunities and more.

American Association of University Women:  Scholarship for post-high-school women whose education has been disrupted

Beyond Dreaming: 2017 Scholarship List for Undocumented Students in Washington State

Buildium:  Scholarships for engineering or computer sciences students 

Careers and Colleges:  Scholarship search and college search

College Answer Sallie Mae's free web scholarship service

College Board:  A searchable scholarship database

College, College Scholarships, and Online Degrees:  50 sites which allow you to search for scholarships worth billions of dollars; defines sometimes unfamiliar financial aid terms clearly for you, and offers you tips on writing scholarship essays.

College Scholarships:  Over 50 different scholarship services (some of which are also listed below)

College Success Foundation:  Goal is to help you graduate from college and achieve your education and career dreams. Assists young people from middle school through college in specific geographic areas and who are low-income and underserved.  Each scholarship program is designed to provide students with the preparation, tools, and financial resources they need to complete their college degrees. The College Success Foundation manages several scholarship programs.

Embark:  Originally launched in 1997 to help students prepare for, apply to, and finance their college educations. By 2001, Embark was the second most visited educational website.

Fast Aid:  Free scholarship search service with advice about student loans

Fast Web:  Create a student profile and search for scholarships that match your criteria

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program:  Scholarships for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students

Go College:  Scholarship searches and a great SAT prep test

(NEW 2018) LEAP Rise Above: Scholarship provides financial support for Latinx students who demonstrate advocacy, accountability, perseverance, and have shown a commitment to improving their community. Students can potentially receive up to $5,000 towards their education. It is open to any student regardless of citizenship status.

Mach25:  A searchable scholarship database

MALDEF:  Scholarship Resource Guide to support high school, college, and graduate students in their attainment of a higher education. This is a free, informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators.

Reliance Foundry:  Scholarship opportunities for students interested in design, architecture, civil engineering, and site planning

Scholarships.com:  A searchable scholarship database

(New 2018) Scholarship Foundation of Northshore:  Of the 90+ awards made each year specifically for graduating high school students from the Northshore School District, four (4) are dedicated to students enrolling at Cascadia College. Awards seek to assist students who wish to return to college-level work after taking time off, veterans, as well as those interested in business/entrepreneurship and global studies.

Scholarship Junkies:  A comprehensive scholarship website that has sample essays

Studentawards:  A free scholarship search service

Washington State Opportunity Scholarships:  A scholarship for Washington state residents pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or math at a Washington state university or college. See the website for complete eligibility.

Washington Student Achievement Council:  Scholarships offered to Washington residents to attend school in Washington

Scholarship for Single Mothers:  Offered by the law office of Curiel & Runion 

WashBoard.org:   Connects Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers for free. Partnership of public and nonprofit agencies coming together to build an online scholarship marketplace and provide a trusted source of scholarships.