Thanks to the generous support of our scholarship donors, we supported over 230 students with nearly $600,000 in scholarship dollars during the 2016-17 Academic Year.
We have found that Seattle Central Foundation scholarship recipients perform significantly better when they receive financial support.
- For every $1,000 a student receives, they are 20% more likely to pass their classes.
- Scholarship recipients are 30% more likely to successfully transfer to a four-year university.
- They are more than twice as likely to complete their program of study and be prepared to enter the workforce.
To learn more about start your investment in our students through a named scholarship, please visit our Scholarship Giving page or contact the Interim Executive Director, Jessica Norouzi, at Jessica.Norouzi@seattlecolleges.edu.
In 2013, we launched a bold new scholarship program that seeks to provide a full scholarship to every student who demonstrates financial need, enrolls full time and maintains a 3.0 GPA. The Seattle Promise ensures the opportunity to pursue a higher education for students who otherwise would be unable to attend college.
By establishing the high-but-achievable academic standards of a 3.0 GPA and full-time enrollment, the Seattle Promise incentivizes behaviors that increase students’ likelihood of success.
Each quarter, we support at least 40 students with an average award of $1,000. In 2016, we expanded our financial-need criteria to support more low-income students. As a result, we increased the number of students we support by over 250%. We will need greater financial support to keep an even bolder promise to students at this level of financial need.
Students on the Seattle Promise
Sometimes our students face unforeseen financial emergencies that threaten their ability to complete their studies. In these cases, we are able to provide one-time financial assistance to get them through their emergency. The funds can cover one-time emergency expenses including loss of childcare, books, automobile repairs and medical expenses. Eligible students may receive up to $500 once per academic year.
Financial need remains one of the most significant barriers to completion for our students. Launched in 2016, Completion Scholarships provide one-time financial support to students who have already completed the majority of their college coursework and need a little bit of additional financial support to ensure that they complete their degree. Currently, these scholarships are distributed through Project Finish Line, a grant-funded program seeking to improve completion rates at community colleges.
With an average Completion Scholarship of $1,200, support for this scholarship helps the college improve its completion rates, and makes a significant difference in students’ lives.