Scholarship FAQs

2018 HSF Scholarship Recipients

2018 Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Below are general questions/answers about Highline Schools Foundation scholarships. Please download the 2019 Scholarship Application FAQ for detailed information about the general scholarship application, including a complete list of all questions you will be asked on the application.

Applications are accepted online and processed by the Highline Schools Foundation. The information contained in your scholarship application will not be used for any purpose other than to process your application. Scholarship selection is made without regard to applicant’s race, color, national origin, religious belief, sex, marital status, age, or physical handicap. Student privacy is important. We will not release your applications to any party not directly involved in reviewing your application.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be enrolled in Highline Public Schools and graduate by 6/30 of their senior year (Juniors are not eligible to apply).
  • Families must live in the Highline Public Schools service area. To be eligible for these scholarships, you must either live within the Highline School District service area, be part of the McKinney Vento program, or have extenuating circumstances as to why you live out of district (i.e. your family moved out of district during your senior year and you wanted to complete your education within HPS.) Students who have wavered into the district or are enrolled in another district and taking part-time classes at Puget Sound Skills Center are not eligible for Highline Schools Foundation scholarships.
  • Students must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student, enrolled in college level classes and continue to attend college full-time to receive awarded scholarship money.
  • For scholarships paid over multiple years, students agree to continue to be enrolled full-time, keep a GPA of 2.5 and send transcripts annually to the Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship Committee.

General Scholarship Information

  • Precedence will be given to those recipients who have not received a substantial scholarship or scholarships from other entities.
  • Scholarship money will be paid directly to the college and may be used for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, student fees, books, room and board, and supplies or equipment required for enrollment.
  • The Highline Schools Foundation will not pay scholarship money to schools outside the United States.

Your privacy is important. We will not release your application to any party not directly involved in reviewing your application.

Where do select the scholarships I want to apply for?
You don’t! Highline Schools Foundation has two main (2) applications. Students continuing their education at a 2 or 4-year college or university will complete the general scholarship application. Students continuing their education at an accredited technical college or a vocational or trade school will use the Trades Scholarship application.

I’ve submitted my application, but need to send in additional paperwork. Where should they go?

  • Send through district mail: Highline Schools Foundation, ATTN: Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship Committee
  • Mail: Highline Schools Foundation, ATTN: Scholarship Committee,15675 Ambaum Blvd SW, Burien WA 98166
  • Email: [email protected]

What about Transcripts and SAT/ACT Scores?
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Transcripts attached to emails from your school or counselor are acceptable. If you have a copy, you can attach it to your online application, otherwise, ask your school to send one to the foundation. An SAT/ACT score is not required to apply for a HSF Scholarship. You may include your scores if you wish, but they are not required. If you choose to submit your SAT/ACT scores a screen shot is fine, but please make sure it is READABLE.

I don’t have an EFC from FAFSA. What should I do?
If you do not have a FAFSA EFC for any reason, please explain your financial need and your family’s financial circumstances in the supporting information statement on the Highline Schools Foundation application.

How important are the essays? What should my personal statement/essays be about and how long should they be?
Essays allow you to share more information about yourself, your background, and your plans for the future. The essay is a significant part of how the review committee assess the skills and qualities of candidates. Please review your essay with a critical eye before submitting it with your application.

  • Required Essay #1: Share a personal challenge that has affected your life. What have you learned from that experience and how will you apply it toward your future education? (500-word maximum)
  • Required Essay #2: What are your future educational and career goals? How would winning a scholarship assist you in achieving them? (500-word maximum)
  • Civility & Social Responsibility Scholarship Essay question: Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make that decision again? What did you learn from that experience that will influence things that you engage in during college and career? (500-word maximum)
  • Light & Love Scholarship Essay question: Tell us why you think the “Light and Love” Scholarship is a good fit for you; Give examples of how you have shown kindness or generosity to others. (500-word maximum)

Can I turn in my application late?
Unfortunately, we are only able to accept on-time and complete applications for consideration.

What happens at the scholarship interview?
An interview can provide significant insight into an applicant’s persona. If you are invited to an interview, it’s important that you invest the time to prepare and show up. Interviews have historically been held in late-March/early-April and we try to be as accommodating as possible to the students and their schedules.

How will I know if I am selected to receive a scholarship?
All students will receive notification of the Highline Schools Foundation final scholarship decisions mid-May. Please note, all scholarship selections are made by the Highline Schools Foundation Scholarship Committees.

I received a HSF scholarship. How can I thank the donors?
Please address your thank you letters to”

Highline Schools Foundation
c/o ‘Scholarship Name’
15675 Ambaum Blvd SW
Burien, WA  98166

How do I receive my scholarship?
Scholarships are paid directly to your school. To ensure your scholarship money is processed and sent to your school in time for class please complete the online form and remember to allow one (1) month for this process.

Please review the 2019 Scholarship Application FAQ page for detailed information about the general scholarship application, including a complete list of all questions you will be asked. After you submit your application, a copy will be emailed to you and you may click on the “download .pdf” link provided to save a copy for your records.

Do you have questions that aren’t covered in this document? Please call Highline Schools Foundation (206) 631-3120 (weekdays) or email [email protected]

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