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Scholarships are usually monetary awards given to students by an organization or donor to help pay for their education. Students must meet the criteria set by either the organization or donor, such as pursuing a certain program of study, having financial need or being an exemplary student.

Just for our students: Foundation Scholarships

The first place for Lake Washington Institute of Technology students to look for scholarships should be the LWTech Foundation.  The Foundation offers a variety of merit and need-based scholarships to students in the fall and spring of each academic year. These scholarships are open to students enrolled or enrolling at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, and a reception each spring gives students and donors who make scholarships possible a chance to meet face-to-face.

Where else should I look for scholarships?

Start with our Scholarship Directory. There are many additional sources for scholarship information, including community and professional organizations and employers, so spend some time doing research in your community, looking through a list of scholarship websites or in the library.

When should I apply for scholarships?

Deadlines vary for each scholarship, so you can find scholarships to apply for year-round. However, the majority of scholarships are designed to provide funding for students starting classes in fall, so many deadlines are in spring or earlier. In general, you should start looking for scholarships six to nine months before you will need the funding.

How do I improve my chances of winning a scholarship?

Most scholarships attract more applicants than there are awards, so it is important to make sure you meet the scholarship criteria before you apply. Advice for making your scholarship applications the best it can be is available through our Scholarships Essay Tips below.

What do I do when I win a scholarship?

At LWTech, notify the Financial Aid Office so that we can apply your scholarship to your account and work with the scholarship agency if necessary.

Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts for your personal statement or scholarship essay

  • DO: Make sure your essay is absolutely perfect in spelling and grammar.

  • DO: Write an engaging and coherent essay.

  • DO: Be positive and concentrate on your strengths. If you must discuss something negative, focus on what you learned and how that applies to your future.

  • DO: Include concrete examples to illustrate your main points and show your strengths.

  • DO: Type your essay and have someone else proofread, such as English faculty in the Learning Commons Tutoring Center.

  • DO: Read the directions carefully. Follow any formatting guidelines exactly.

  • DON'T: Go overboard in details about yourself or a particular point. Keep your writing succinct and relevant to the question(s) asked.

  • DON'T: Write a list of activities, awards or accomplishments. Choose the ones that are most important and share the most relevant information about you.

  • DON'T: Try to be funny. You don't want to take the risk they won't get the joke.

  • DON'T: Write what you think the committee wants to hear.

How To Write A Great Personal Statement



The Opportunity Grant Scholarship supports low-income student with educational training for careers in high-wage, high-demand occupations. Students in the Opportunity Grant Scholarship program may receive the following support services:

  • Tuition and fees for up to 45 credits or three years from initial receipt of grant

  • A maximum of $1,000 per academic year for books and related supplies

  • Educational, career and personal support and advising

  • Referral to tutoring, counseling, disability support and other services as needed