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How to Apply

Scholarships for the 2021-22 Academic Year are now open!

Applications are due by 11:59pm on Monday, March 1, 2021.

Please read through these instructions carefully; our process has changed this year.

Applying for all Evergreen scholarships and tuition awards is a single process. Each student will submit one application that will be used to determine their eligibility for the entire list of scholarships. There are many scholarships available, and each student will be matched with the opportunities that fit their need, interests, and circumstances. Applicants will also have the opportunity on the application form to self-select during the for some opportunities that have more broad or complex criteria. A full list of the scholarship opportunities available are listed on the Undergraduate Scholarships Home page.

More details on each component are listed below but in summary, your scholarship application should include:

  1. A completed application form.
  2. An application essay addressing the prompt listed below.
  3. One letter of recommendation written by someone other than a family member.
  4. Optional: Unofficial transcripts.
  5. Optional: Portfolios and additional criteria (please see below)

The anatomy of a scholarship application

1. Application form

This year, the scholarship application will be an online form. This form will be used to determine which scholarship opportunities you are eligible for, and will not be released to the committee that reads and evaluates your application letter. Please do not submit the application form until you have read through the instructions on this page, and have completed your application materials, as you will be unable to modify your responses after submission.

There are two forms, one for new and continuing students with an active Evergreen email account, and one for students who will not have an active Evergreen email account before March 1, 2021.

If you will have your admissions application completed by the Admissions priority deadline (February 1, 2020), please wait until you receive you account activation to complete the active form. This will allow you to upload your materials directly to us, view your response after submission, and receive confirmation of receipt. There is no inherent benefit to submitting your application well before the deadline, as all applications received are processed on the same timeline.

Evergreen Scholarship Application with active Evergreen email (preferred)

Evergreen Scholarship Application without active Evergreen email

2. Application essay

In general, your letter of application is your chance to showcase your educational goals and how attending college, specifically at Evergreen, will help you achieve those goals. Your letter of application should address your talents, experience, achievements, and needs and how they relate to your academic journey. Consider also adding a financial statement within your letter of application that explains how this scholarship will help you pursue your academic goals.

Your essay should address the following information, as it applies to you:

  1. What are you studying and why? This could include why Evergreen is the best place to fulfill your academic goals, what career you plan to pursue, and/or why you are interested in particular programs and courses if you aren’t quite sure what your long term goals are.
  2. What is your experience with community involvement and giving back? Think creatively – this could be volunteer service, clubs, paid work, personal projects, or even future planned work.
  3. What accomplishments are you most proud of in your personal, professional, and/or academic life? What other information makes up who you are? 

Do:

Don’t:

  • Ensure your essay addresses all of the requirements in the prompt.
  • Meet the length requirements.
  • Show instead of tell.
  • Start with an attention grabber.
  • Make your application stand out by being original and unique to you.
  • Proof read your essay and read it aloud to listen for flow and structure.
  • Use campus resources such as the Writing Center, TRiO, Academic and Career Advising, your faculty, etc.
  • Don’t look up other essays or copy from other works.
  • Don’t repeat information from other places in your application.
  • Don’t be too modest or sell yourself short.
  • Don’t try to write in a style that is not natural for you – use your own words.
  • Don’t just list information about yourself.

3. Letter of recommendation

Scholarships at Evergreen require one letter of recommendation to support your application. Generally, the letter should support the talents, achievements, and needs discussed in your application essay. It's best to include the letter in your scholarship packet, but recommenders may send them directly to the Undergraduate Scholarship Office by mail or email if they prefer.

Letters of recommendation should not be from a family member. They can be from a variety of sources including, but not limited to:

  • Faculty & teachers
  • Supervisors
  • Volunteer leaders
  • Coaches
  • Guidance counselors
  • Mentors

Ask for letters of recommendation early! It is good practice to request them at least a month before the scholarship due date. If you notice an opportunity and can’t give a month’s notice you shouldn’t be discouraged from applying or asking for a letter, but be prepared to ask a few sources before a recommender is able to meet the deadline.

4. Unofficial transcripts

You will have the opportunity to include unofficial transcripts with your application if you choose, though it is highly recommended. Please include transcripts if you would like to be considered for scholarship opportunities that include academic achievement or academic excellence in their criteria.

Unofficial transcripts could be requested through your institution or, if you are able, saved as a screenshot or PDF from your student portal.

  • New students with fewer than 40 transferable credits should submit high school transcripts, as well as college transcripts if applicable.
  • New students with 40 or more transferable credits should submit unofficial transcripts from all previous colleges.
  • Continuing Evergreen students should submit copies of Evergreen evaluations, which can be found in the Academic Progress tab of your my.evergreen account. Include both the overview page that lists your coursework to date and choose two narrative evaluations your faculty have written of you that best represent your work.

5. Portfolios and additional criteria

In addition, some of our scholarships ask that you submit a portfolio or recordings. There will be an opportunity on the application form to upload these materials. If you have work that is difficult to submit electronically, please contact us and we will find an appropriate avenue to include your works. Do not submit originals of your work. You can retrieve your materials later, but we cannot assume liability for damaged or lost work.

Scholarships that require additional supplemental materials include:

Submitted application packets become the property of the College, with the exception of intellectual property of portfolio materials. Application and portfolio materials are kept on file for at least 6 years before they are destroyed in compliance with the State Records Retention Schedule. For more information, or to retrieve portfolio materials, please call (360) 688-8245 or email us at undergraduatescholar@evergreen.edu.

FAFSA/WASFA application

Some scholarship opportunities require applicants to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for undocumented Washington residents. Both applications open October 1st, though we recommend completing and submitting either your FAFSA or WASFA no later than January 15th so our Financial Aid Office will receive the results by February 1st. Please do not submit a copy of the financial aid application along with your scholarship application. If you meet the deadline, the scholarship committees will get your information automatically from our Financial Aid Office.

Evergreen’s school code is: 008155

Submitting your applications

Note for new students: It is possible that you might submit your scholarship packets before you submit an application for admission. However, to be eligible for a scholarship, you must be offered admission to the College so it is critical that new students complete the application for admission prior to February 1.

Our online application form will be open beginning December 1, 2020.

Those unable to upload materials may email them to undergraduatescholar@evergreen.edu.

All materials must be submitted by 11:59pm on March 1, 2021. 

Notification of scholarship awards begins April 1 and continues through July 1, 2021 and you will receive notification whether you receive a scholarship or not.

FERPA statement

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, students submitting applications for scholarships are consenting to disclosure of their application materials to committee members on and off campus. This could include information related to scholarship eligibility, admissions status, registration status, class standing, and financial need.

The Evergreen State College strongly encourages qualified persons of all races, ethnicities and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, persons over 40, women, and Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply for awards listed.