Scholarship FAQs

Where do I indicate the specific scholarship for which I am applying?
You don’t! Highline Schools Foundation has two main (2) applications. For students continuing their education at a 2 or 4-year college or university, our general Highline Schools Foundation scholarship application will be used to consider students for most HSF scholarships. For students continuing their education at an accredited community or technical college or a vocational or trade school, our Trades Scholarship application will be used to consider students for the TinShip and Powell Family scholarships.

  • 2018 Trades Scholarship Application for students continuing their education at an accredited community or technical college or a vocational or trade school.
    APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN: CLICK HERE: [2018 trades Scholarship Application]
  • 2018 General Scholarship Application for students continuing their education at a 2 or 4-year college or university. The application deadline for these scholarships has passed.

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. A SAT/ACT score is not required to apply for a HSF Scholarship. You may submit them 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.

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 by early 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 ‘your 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 HERE. Please allow one (1) month for this process.

Please review the 2018 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]