With tuition costs rising, financial aid and scholarships are a very necessary piece of the higher education puzzle. Please check out the following scholarships currently available through the Highline Schools Foundation.
Please visit each scholarship page to see the eligibility requirements and how to apply or download the 2016 Scholarship Application Help document now.
- The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (STIA) Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship funded through the annual the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Scholarship charity golf tournament. Three scholarships are awarded annually to three graduating seniors who attend a Highline Public School and will be pursuing a college education. Students who are motivated to pursue a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) education and career are encouraged to apply for a STIA scholarship. Two (2) $20,000 scholarships will be awarded toward university/college education and one (1) $10,000 scholarship will be awarded toward a vocational or community college education. All scholarships are distributed over a 2-year period.
- The Alaska Airlines Scholarship was established in 2014 thanks to a partnership with Alaska Airlines. The Alaska Airlines Scholarship is based on financial need, academic merit, achievement, and the student’s future goals. Four (4) $5,000 scholarships will be awarded in 2016 — two designated for Raisbeck Aviation High School students. Scholarship to be awarded to the recipients during their first year of study at a 2 or 4-year institution.
- CM Garrity Scholarship was established in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Highline High School Alumnus CM Garrity. This scholarship will award one male and one female graduating student in Highline Public Schools $5,000 per year for four (4) years. This is the only 4-year scholarship opportunity provided by Highline Schools Foundation. Two (2) $20,000 scholarships ($5,000 per year for 4 years) to be awarded to one female and one male graduating student attending a 4-year institution.
- The Light and Love Scholarship was established in 2014 to honor the memory of Dominick Pappas and is designed to honor an individual who exemplifies genuine kindness to adults and peers in all endeavors. One (1) $1,000 scholarship awarded to one graduating student attending a 2 or 4-year institution who exemplifies genuine kindness to adults and peers in all endeavors.
- The Bill Maynard Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of the late Bill Maynard, a beloved figure in the Highline School District. Bill was the coordinator of the Steps to Success program, and he cared deeply for the students that he worked with. One (1) $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one student in Highline Public Schools pursuing a voc-tech education and career.
- New in 2016, seniors in Highline Public Schools will have a new scholarship available to them thanks to The Tin Room and their patrons. The TinShip Scholarship is intended for graduates who want to pursue a trade school, for careers in mechanics, building, machinery or craftsmanship. One (1) $6,000 scholarship awarded to one graduating student attending an accredited Trade School.
The following sites are NOT associated with Highline Schools Foundation. This list is provided as a starting point for your search for financial assistance.
College Goal Washington
College Goal Washington is all about helping you file your FAFSA and better understand the steps you need to take to get cash for college. At these events, you will receive one-on-one support from trained volunteers and financial aid questions. To take full advantage of the events, come prepared with your questions about FAFSA and financial aid as well as a list of what to bring.
College Success Foundation
The College Success Foundation provides a unique integrated system of supports and scholarships to inspire underserved, low-income students to finish high school, graduate from college and succeed in life. The CSF model provides supports beginning in 7th grade, continuing through high school graduation and helping students as they transition to college. CSF helps students successfully navigate the critical transition from middle to high school. At other levels, emphasis is on the 9th to 10th grade transition and the high school to college transition. After college graduation, we try to stay connected as they move on to employment and career.
Highline Public Schools
Highline Public Schools is committed to ensuring that all students are prepared to begin college when they graduate from high school. Highline has several resources and tools to help students be prepared for post-secondary success.
Ready. Set. Grad
Ready Set Grad is a program to help ensure every student in Washington State has access to the tools, information, and support they need to graduate high school and make college accessible and affordable. Their online tools help students of all ages—from middle schoolers to adult scholars—create their own college plan. Students, parents, and educators can also sign up for email and text updates about important college and financial aid deadlines to help you stay on track.
Scholarship Junkies helps connect students with scholarships. Scholarship Junkies was created to provide students with an insider’s guide to the scholarship process from the perspective of students who have recently won scholarships, both locally and nationally. Through articles and scholarship profiles, the information covered includes how to find scholarships, how to choose which scholarships to apply for, how to compile competitive applications, and much more. They also provide free one on one feedback, editing, and revision. If you are a student seeking some guidance on your scholarship essay or simply looking for an extra pairs of eyes to look over your draft, submit your essay(s) via their For Students page.
Filling out a FAFSA is the first step in getting financial aid for college. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the official document used to determine your eligibility for a host of grants and loans. Whether you’re a student or a parent, it’s important to go in with eyes wide open and to consult only trustworthy resources in your research. Smart Scholar page includes many resources from help to filling out the FAFSA to expert tips and sound advice.
Washington Financial Aid Association – Financial Aid Resources
The members of the Washington Financial Aid Association are financial aid professionals working at colleges and universities in the state of Washington. Our primary mission is to help students access federal, state, institutional and local financial resources in order to make attending college affordable, regardless of your financial resources. We want you to know that your decision to attend college need NOT be based on your ability to pay for it. We hope the information we’ve provided here will assist you in planning for and making college affordable, especially if you choose to continue your education at a Washington college or university!
Washington State Board of Education
The High School and Beyond Plan
The High School and Beyond Plan is a non-credit graduation requirement for every student. It’s a tool for students, parents, and teachers to guide students through high school. Plans are personalized and designed to help students set, visualize, and work to achieve goals.
Schools and other available scholarships:
The following scholarships are NOT associated with Highline Schools Foundation. This list is provided as a starting point for your search for financial assistance.
Central Washington University
The CWU General Scholarship Application is available every year beginning in early October for all incoming and continuing students.
College Bound Scholarship
The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill the scholarship pledge. From sign up to scholarship, they provide the tools and resources you need to get College Bound. The deadline to complete the application is June 30 at the end of the student’s 8th grade year.
Eastern Washington University
Scholarships come from various sources including the college you are attending, your program of study, your high school, local, regional and national organizations, employers and more! Many scholarships become available in the fall and winter with deadlines in February – May. Through one simple application process, EWU awards over $2.8 million in scholarships to nearly 1,500 students each school year. There are scholarships based on major, hometown, community service and more!
Federal Student Aid
- studentaid.gov: This U.S. Department of Education’s website offers information on most federal student aid programs, including: Federal Pell Grant (for undergraduate studies only); Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (for undergraduate studies only); Federal Work Study; Federal Perkins Loan; Federal Direct Student Loans; Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loans (available to parents of dependent students only); Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loans (available to graduate students only); Federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants.
- fafsa.ed.gov: Federal Student Aid is responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school. Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. They help make college education possible for every dedicated mind by providing more than $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 15 million students paying for college or career school.
University of Washington
The University of Washington-Seattle has many scholarship opportunities available to students. They provided about $19 million in scholarships to about 2700 of their undergraduate students in the past year. These scholarships cover a wide scope of academic pursuits, musical and athletic talents as well as community service and research activities.
Washington State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth
The Washington State Governors’ Scholarship for Foster Youth is a scholarship program that helps young men and women from foster care continue their education and earn a college degree. Eligible students must meet specific criteria. The program has been supported by the current and former governors in Washington State. Proceeds from the Governors’ Cup – an annual golf tournament – provide funding for approximately 40 new scholars each year. Scholarship award amounts range from $2000 to $4000 depending on the college of attendance. The scholarship can be accessed for up to five years to complete an undergraduate study. Students much be enrolled full-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to renew the scholarship each year.
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS)
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible, high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health care, and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees. Businesses and the Washington state Legislature have joined forces to fulfill the promise of better education and career opportunities for Washington students. Together they have created a unique public-private partnership including major employers like Boeing and Microsoft. The College Success Foundation administers the program.
Washington State University
Every year WSU awards approximately $207 million in scholarships and financial aid to more than 17,000 students. Depending on your level of financial need, you could get grants, loans, work-study jobs on campus and scholarships, too.
Western Washington University
Western Washington University funded scholarships are available for Freshman and transfer students. Scholarship categories include but are not limited to merit, diversity and departmental listings.