Scholarship Listing

This list compiles scholarships given to Bellevue College by our generous donors for current and prospective Bellevue College students. While each scholarship is listed individually, a student will ONLY have to complete one scholarship application to be considered for all opportunities listed here. This list is not all inclusive as scholarship funding may end and new donors come forward at any time. Please check back each year for any updates and to reapply.

The Bellevue College Foundation does not post any scholarships for outside organizations. The scholarships listed on this page are funds that have been specifically donated to BC by individual and private donors, and are managed solely by the Foundation. 

These scholarships are intended for all students (new, current or returning) at Bellevue College. Each individual scholarship will have its own criteria for eligibility. Award amounts are subject to change from year to year.

BC Dreamers Scholarship

The BC Dreamers Scholarship is intended for BC students who are undocumented. An undocumented person is a non‐citizen who entered the U. S. without legal immigration status or who stayed after the period he/she was authorized to be here. Through no fault of their own, undocumented students often find the door of higher education closed to them. One of the major barriers for most undocumented students in obtaining an education is finances. There are limited opportunities for these students to find employment and they do not qualify for any federally‐funded financial aid, including loans, grants, scholarships, or work‐study money. The costs of tuition, books, and fees are prohibitive for undocumented students and their families—these financial constraints can prevent competitive and qualified Bellevue College students from achieving their educational goals and often discourage a prospective undocumented student from applying to Bellevue College. For more information about this scholarship please contact the BC Foundation Office.


BECU Scholarship for Advancing Student Success

BECU is the state’s largest credit union which anyone in Washington can join. Likewise, BECU believes that everyone deserves the chance to earn a college education. For students intending to pursue a career in Washington State. Recipients may be offered an opportunity to meet with a BECU representative.


Biella Foundation Scholarship

Kirkland-based Biella Foundation has supported many important causes since their inception in 1982, ranging from disaster and emergency management to education. The founder of the Biella Foundation, Mart Bert, had a simple philanthropic philosophy: help those in need. To that end, the Biella Foundation has supported organizations that help families in distress with a special emphasis on education. Additionally, they have provided financial support to victims of disasters, the homeless, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities. A successful real-estate developer, the Biella Foundation is wholly funded by the proceeds of Bert’s career.


Chesemore/Harrison/Pattee Canyon Financial Scholarship

Pattee Canyon Financial, LLC is a hands on high tech full-service residential rental company serving the greater east side of King and Snohomish Counties in Washington State, and the North Phoenix area of Arizona. This scholarship is intended for students either currently enrolled at or intending to enroll at Bellevue College and participates in the Autism Spectrum Navigators program or has either a visible or invisible disability.


Costco Student of Diversity Scholarship

Intended for students enrolled at or intending to enroll at Bellevue College who demonstrate dedication to pluralism and diversity and who come from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented populations and whose enrollment at Bellevue College will help to diversify the student body.


Christel Lundeen Scholarship

Intended for female students who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree in a technical field and who will complete their studies at an accredited Washington state‐based college or university. A non‐exclusive list of qualifying technical fields includes Science, Engineering and Mathematics. Applicants must be either current high school seniors in the Issaquah, Bellevue, Renton or Tahoma school districts who will enroll at Bellevue College or current BC students who graduated from those high schools and are currently in their first year of college. Awards will be made to candidates with financial needs that without the aid of the Lundeen Scholarship would prevent them from pursuing their educational and career goals.


Debbie Killinger Scholarship for First Generation College Students

Intended for current BC students or new students accepted to BC who are first generation college students.


Debbie Killinger Scholarship for Single Parents

Intended for current BC students or new students accepted to BC who are single parents.


Debbie Killinger Scholarship for Veterans

Intended for a current BC student or new student accepted to BC who is a U.S. military veteran.


Edwin R. Peterson Military Scholarship

Intended for current or enrolling Bellevue College students who are a spouse, domestic partner or child of a member of a uniformed service of the United States government or of a uniformed service of Washington state government whether that service is past or present.


Gloria Owens Polis Scholarship

Gloria Polis was the founder of the Early Childhood Program at Bellevue College. This scholarship is open to students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program who have a vision as an educator of young children.


Habib STEM Scholarship

Intended for a female student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Math, Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering.


Hoffman Math Scholarship

Intended for students who are pursuing a 4‐year degree that emphasizes math, physics, chemistry or engineering. Preference will be given to students planning a career in math or science and students who have experience tutoring.


James & Sandra Dagnon Scholarship

Intended for students enrolled in BC’s Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program (ALDAC).


Lee Kraft Scholarship for Hispanic Women

Named for a former Bellevue College Trustee, this scholarship is intended for any female student of Hispanic descent who is enrolled or plans to enroll at BC.


Leona Hickman Educational Scholarship

The Leona Hickman Educational Trust has been assisting students since 1937, when established. Preference is given to BC students residing in King County, who are currently enrolled or will be enrolling at BC to assist with tuition, fees and in some cases, books.


Lynn Stafford Yilmaz Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was established to recognize the contributions of Lynn Stafford Yilmaz to BC’s Adult Basic Education ESL program. This scholarship is open to legal immigrants who have resided in the US for less than five years and who are registered in BC’s ABE/ESL classes. Preference may be given to applicants who plan on transferring to a four-year educational institution.


McDermott Scholarship

Intended for BC students who will continue their education at a 4 year college or university.


Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Scholarship

The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe is a federally recognized Indian tribe whose membership is composed of descendants of the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup people who inhabited Central Puget Sound for thousands of years before non-Indian settlement. The Tribe’s name is derived from the native name for the prairie on which the Muckleshoot Reservation was established. Following the Reservation’s establishment in 1857, the Tribe and its members came to be known as Muckleshoot, rather than by the historic tribal names of their Duwamish and Upper Puyallup ancestors. Today, the United States recognizes the Muckleshoot Tribe as a tribal successor to the Duwamish and Upper Puyallup bands from which the Tribe’s membership descends. This scholarship was established to support BC students pursuing any program at BC. Preference may be given to applicants who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native (a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America)), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.


NASA Washington Space Grant Scholarship

Bellevue College has joined NASA’s Washington Space Grant Consortium, and BC has applied for NASA funding to cover 2-4 scholarships of $2,000 to $4,500 per year. This scholarship is awarded on a combination of need-based and merit-based criteria. It is open to current and prospective BC students who are considering careers in the aerospace industry or in the space sciences. Space Grant Scholars must be Washington residents and US citizens, and they must spend at least 5 hours per week on Space Grant-related activities, which can be fulfilled by building rockets and working on other projects with BC’s NASA-funded Rocketry & Aerospace Club. Oh, by the way, a NASA scholarship looks pretty good on a resume.


Norman & Camille Stromer Endowed Scholarship

Funded by Norman and Camille Stromer, this scholarship assists students currently enrolled or enrolling at BC with tuition, books and fees.


RISE Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The RISE Learning Institute believes that every BC student who wishes to engage in research during their time at BC should be able to do so. Undergraduate research closes equity gaps, fuels student success, and prepares students for life after BC. This need-based scholarship awards up to $750 to BC students who wish to take a research-based course or do a research-focused independent study with a BC faculty member. This scholarship is open to all current BC students, regardless of major, GPA, or citizenship/residency status.


Ruthann Kurose Minority Scholarship

Named for a former Bellevue College Trustee, Ruthann Kurose, this scholarship is open to students of color.


Sterling Realty Organization Scholarship

Founded in 1912, Sterling Realty Organization (SRO) is a locally owned company specializing in the development and management of real estate. Members of the 3rd and 4th generation remain active in the business and ownership now reaches into the 5th generation.This scholarship was established to support BC students pursuing any program at BC. One scholarship is intended for a student starting their first year at BC and pursuing their AA degree at BC. The second scholarship is intended for a student starting their first year at BC and pursuing their BA degree at BC.


Student of Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for students who come from populations which are underrepresented in higher education and whose enrollment at Bellevue College will help to diversify the student body.


Swegle Family Scholarship

Funded by the Swegle Family, this scholarship assists students currently enrolled or enrolling at BC with tuition, books and fees.


Tika Esler Scholarship

Named for retired Dean of Students Tika Esler whose determination, dedication, and leadership supported the educational goals and success of all students, this scholarship is open to students of Hispanic/Latino heritage or who can demonstrate positive involvement with issues that affect Latino/a students and the Latino community. Applicants must be working towards completing a first undergraduate degree and be an active member of the campus community.


Tom Nielsen & Kenny Carlson Scholarship

Established by a former Bellevue College staff member, Tom Nielsen and his partner Kenny Carlson, this scholarship is intended for current and prospective BC students pursuing any program at BC. Preference may be given to applicants who identify as LGBTQ.


Vijay & Sita Vashee Single Parent Scholarship

Established by a former Bellevue College Trustee, Vijay Vashee, and his wife Sita Vashee, this scholarship is open to single parents with full physical custody of a child or children or for children of a single parent.


Wells Fargo Scholarship for Students of Color

Intended for students of color enrolled in or enrolling in Bellevue College able to demonstrate financial need.

These scholarships are intended for students who are graduating high school seniors that will be enrolling at Bellevue College the following fall term. Award availability and amounts are subject to change from year to year.

BC Dreamers Scholarship

The BC Dreamers Scholarship is intended for BC students who are undocumented. An undocumented person is a non‐citizen who entered the U. S. without legal immigration status or who stayed after the period he/she was authorized to be here. Through no fault of their own, undocumented students often find the door of higher education closed to them. One of the major barriers for most undocumented students in obtaining an education is finances. There are limited opportunities for these students to find employment and they do not qualify for any federally‐funded financial aid, including loans, grants, scholarships, or work‐study money. The costs of tuition, books, and fees are prohibitive for undocumented students and their families—these financial constraints can prevent competitive and qualified Bellevue College students from achieving their educational goals and often discourage a prospective undocumented student from applying to Bellevue College. For more information about this scholarship please contact the BC Foundation Office.


Biella Foundation Scholarship

Kirkland-based Biella Foundation has supported many important causes since their inception in 1982, ranging from disaster and emergency management to education. The founder of the Biella Foundation, Mart Bert, had a simple philanthropic philosophy: help those in need. To that end, the Biella Foundation has supported organizations that help families in distress with a special emphasis on education. Additionally, they have provided financial support to victims of disasters, the homeless, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities. A successful real-estate developer, the Biella Foundation is wholly funded by the proceeds of Bert’s career.


Boeing Scholarship

Intended for graduating high school seniors enrolling in a certificate program, 2 year degree program, or 4 year degree program at BC.


Chesemore/Harrison/Pattee Canyon Financial Scholarship

Pattee Canyon Financial, LLC is a hands on high tech full-service residential rental company serving the greater east side of King and Snohomish Counties in Washington State, and the North Phoenix area of Arizona. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest level of quality residential rental properties for their families. This fund was established to support any student that is currently attending or plans to attend BC and is participating in the BC Autism Spectrum Navigators program or students that have either a visible or invisible disability.


Costco Student of Diversity Scholarship

Intended for students enrolled at or intending to enroll at Bellevue College who demonstrate dedication to pluralism and diversity and who come from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented populations and whose enrollment at Bellevue College will help to diversify the student body.


Christel Lundeen Scholarship

Intended for female students who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree in a technical field and who will complete their studies at an accredited Washington state‐based college or university. A non‐exclusive list of qualifying technical fields includes Science, Engineering and Mathematics. Applicants must be either current high school seniors in the Issaquah, Bellevue, Renton or Tahoma school districts who will enroll at Bellevue College or current BC students who graduated from those high schools and are currently in their first year of college. Awards will be made to candidates with financial needs that without the aid of the Lundeen Scholarship would prevent them from pursuing their educational and career goals.


Debbie Killinger Scholarship for First Generation College Students

Intended for current BC students or new students accepted to BC who are first generation college students.


Debbie Killinger Scholarship for Single Parents

Intended for current BC students or new students accepted to BC who are single parents.


Debbie Killinger Scholarship for Veterans

Intended for a current BC student or new student accepted to BC who is a U.S. military veteran.


Edwin R. Peterson Military Scholarship

Intended for current or enrolling Bellevue College students who are a spouse, domestic partner or child of a member of a uniformed service of the United States government or of a uniformed service of Washington state government whether that service is past or present.


Gloria Owens Polis Scholarship

Gloria Polis was the founder of the Early Childhood Program at Bellevue College. This scholarship is open to students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program who have a vision as an educator of young children.


Habib STEM Scholarship

Intended for a female student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Math, Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering.


Hoffman Math Scholarship

Intended for students who are pursuing a 4‐year degree that emphasizes math, physics, chemistry or engineering. Preference will be given to students planning a career in math or science and students who have experience tutoring.


James & Sandra Dagnon Scholarship

Intended for students enrolled in BC’s Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program (ALDAC).


Lee Kraft Scholarship for Hispanic Women

Named for a former Bellevue College Trustee, this scholarship is intended for any female student of Hispanic descent who is enrolled or plans to enroll at BC.


Leona Hickman Educational Scholarship

The Leona Hickman Educational Trust has been assisting students since 1937, when established. Preference is given to BC students residing in King County, who are currently enrolled or will be enrolling at BC to assist with tuition, fees and in some cases, books.


Lynn Stafford Yilmaz Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship was established to recognize the contributions of Lynn Stafford Yilmaz to BC’s Adult Basic Education ESL program. This scholarship is open to legal immigrants who have resided in the US for less than five years and who are registered in BC’s ABE/ESL classes. Preference may be given to applicants who plan on transferring to a four-year educational institution.


NASA Washington Space Grant Scholarship

Bellevue College has joined NASA’s Washington Space Grant Consortium, and BC has applied for NASA funding to cover 2-4 scholarships of $2,000 to $4,500 per year. This scholarship is awarded on a combination of need-based and merit-based criteria. It is open to current and prospective BC students who are considering careers in the aerospace industry or in the space sciences. Space Grant Scholars must be Washington residents and US citizens, and they must spend at least 5 hours per week on Space Grant-related activities, which can be fulfilled by building rockets and working on other projects with BC’s NASA-funded Rocketry & Aerospace Club. Oh, by the way, a NASA scholarship looks pretty good on a resume.


Norman & Camille Stromer Endowed Scholarship

Funded by Norman and Camille Stromer, this scholarship assists students currently enrolled or enrolling at BC with tuition, books and fees.


RISE Undergraduate Research Scholarship

The RISE Learning Institute believes that every BC student who wishes to engage in research during their time at BC should be able to do so. Undergraduate research closes equity gaps, fuels student success, and prepares students for life after BC. This need-based scholarship awards up to $750 to BC students who wish to take a research-based course or do a research-focused independent study with a BC faculty member. This scholarship is open to all current BC students, regardless of major, GPA, or citizenship/residency status.


Ruthann Kurose Minority Scholarship

Named for a former Bellevue College Trustee, Ruthann Kurose, this scholarship is open to students of color.


Student of Diversity Scholarship

This scholarship is intended for students who come from populations which are underrepresented in higher education and whose enrollment at Bellevue College will help to diversify the student body.


Swegle Family Scholarship

Funded by the Swegle Family, this scholarship assists students currently enrolled or enrolling at BC with tuition, books and fees.


Tika Esler Scholarship

Named for retired Dean of Students Tika Esler whose determination, dedication, and leadership supported the educational goals and success of all students, this scholarship is open to students of Hispanic/Latino heritage or who can demonstrate positive involvement with issues that affect Latino/a students and the Latino community. Applicants must be working towards completing a first undergraduate degree and be an active member of the campus community.


Tom Nielsen & Kenny Carlson Scholarship

Established by a former Bellevue College staff member, Tom Nielsen and his partner Kenny Carlson, this scholarship is intended for current and prospective BC students pursuing any program at BC. Preference may be given to applicants who identify as LGBTQ.


Vijay & Sita Vashee Single Parent Scholarship

Established by a former Bellevue College Trustee, Vijay Vashee, and his wife Sita Vashee, this scholarship is open to single parents with full physical custody of a child or children or for children of a single parent.


Wells Fargo Scholarship for Students of Color

Intended for students of color enrolled in or enrolling in Bellevue College able to demonstrate financial need.

These scholarships are intended for Business, Information Technology, and Computing students at Bellevue College. Award amounts are subject to change from year to year.

Atienza Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established with the intent of enabling a current or prospective BC student to attend and pursue a degree in a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) field, including programs in the health care field. Students must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.


Computer Science Scholarship

Intended for BC students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the Computer Science program at BC who will be entering their third year or above and have been officially admitted to the program.


Insurance Careers Scholarship

Funded by the Greater Seattle Insurance Professionals, this scholarship is open to students working in or planning to enter into the insurance industry. Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate financial need. Recipients will have the opportunity to attend a number of networking and professional events sponsored by the Greater Seattle Insurance Professionals.


Nancy Bean Costco IT Scholarship

Intended for students who are single mothers enrolled in an Information Technologies program at Bellevue College.


NASA Washington Space Grant Scholarship

Bellevue College has joined NASA’s Washington Space Grant Consortium, and BC has applied for NASA funding to cover 2-4 scholarships of $2,000 to $4,500 per year. This scholarship is awarded on a combination of need-based and merit-based criteria. It is open to current and prospective BC students who are considering careers in the aerospace industry or in the space sciences. Space Grant Scholars must be Washington residents and US citizens, and they must spend at least 5 hours per week on Space Grant-related activities, which can be fulfilled by building rockets and working on other projects with BC’s NASA-funded Rocketry & Aerospace Club. Oh, by the way, a NASA scholarship looks pretty good on a resume.


Nelson Family Scholarship

Intended for BC students who will continue their education at a 4 year college or university and who are pursuing a transfer degree in Business Administration or an AA in Business Management while at Bellevue College.


The Seattle Times Company Scholarship

Intended for students pursuing a career in Information Technologies. Applicants must either be a member of an underrepresented population in IT (such as a student of color) or have a physical or learning disability or other difference which creates a barrier to easy participation in the IT Program and student life at BC.

These scholarships are intended for students pursuing programs in the Health Sciences, Education and Wellness Institute (HSEWI) at Bellevue College. Award availability and amounts are subject to change from year to year.

Atienza Scholarship

This scholarship fund was established with the intent of enabling a current or prospective BC student to attend and pursue a degree in a STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) field, including programs in the health care field. Students must be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need.


Daniel J. & Clare LaFond Scholarship

The scholarship was established by Daniel J. LaFond, who taught at BC for more than 32 years. Among his many achievements is his participation in the development of national standards for Human Services accreditation. In keeping with his strong belief in education and human and civil rights, Daniel has long been politically active and is an advocate for the economically disadvantaged, the under‐represented and the marginalized members of our society. The scholarship is offered in memory of his parents, Wilfred L. and Norma P. LaFond. This scholarship is intended for current BC students who are pursuing accreditation and a career in the helping professions of Alcohol & Drug Counseling or Social Work & Welfare.


Emily M. Peterson Health Care Scholarship

This scholarship was established in memory of Emily Marie Peterson and is intended for students enrolled in one of Bellevue College’s allied health care programs.


Group Health-Kaiser Permanente Scholarship

Funded by the Group Health Foundation, this award commemorates the vital role that Group Health Cooperative played in educating generations of health care professionals. This scholarship is managed through the Bellevue College Foundation and is intended for students enrolled in a Bellevue College Allied Health Science program who demonstrate academic promise.


James & Sandra Dagnon Scholarship

Intended for students enrolled in BC’s Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program (ALDAC).


Larry McCoy Scholarship

Established by current and former employees of Virginia Mason in honor of Larry McCoy. Larry was a graduate of the x-ray program at Bellevue College and went on to establish a career in the Diagnostic Radiology department at Virginia Mason. He is remembered as a cheerful and helpful individual that was always willing to go the extra mile to help another. Applicants must be current BC students in their first year of the Radiology program, currently hold a clinical rotation at Virginia Mason Medical Center, and be in good academic standing. Recipients are voted on and selected by the radiology staff at VM.


Shivashankara Diagnostic Ultrasound Scholarship

Established by a BC Diagnostic Ultrasound faculty member and her husband, this scholarship is intended to support a current BC student entering their second year of studies in the BC Associate of Arts degree in Diagnostic Ultrasound. Applicants must be currently enrolled on the first year of the DU program at the time of application and be in good academic standing.


Swedish Hospital Student of Diversity Scholarship

Intended for students enrolled in Health Sciences at Bellevue College who demonstrate dedication to pluralism and diversity and who come from historically disadvantaged or underrepresented populations and whose enrollment at Bellevue College will help to diversify the student body.


Overlake Hospital Student of Diversity Scholarship

Intended for students pursuing a career in Health Sciences and who demonstrate a dedication to pluralism and diversity. Preference will be given to applicants from historically disadvantaged populations who help to diversify the student body.

These scholarships are intended for students pursuing an interior design degree or certificate program at Bellevue College. Award amounts are subject to change from year to year.

Charlotte Field Interior Design Scholarship

Intended for BC students either currently enrolled or enrolling in the Interior Design Program at the time of award.


Courter Family Interior Design Scholarship

Intended for students enrolled in the Interior Design Program at BC.


Spencer DeMille Scholarship

Intended to provide encouragement and financial support for a student enrolled or accepted into BC’s Interior Design program and focusing on commercial or hospitality design.


Walter Baz Interior Design Scholarship

Named after the late prominent interior designer Walter Baz, this scholarship is open to students in BC’s Interior Design program working towards either an Associate of Arts in Interior Studies or a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design.

These scholarships are intended for students pursuing programs in the Nursing department at Bellevue College. Award availability and amounts are subject to change from year to year.

Cunnison Nursing Scholarship

Established by Bob and Jean Cunnison, local residents who worked in the field of medical care, the Cunnison Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates the true essence of Nursing. The recipient of this award is a role model, a person who demonstrates honesty, accountability and responsibility, who is skilled in providing safe and client‐centered care, and who unquestionably operates at the highest level of integrity in the practice and art of nursing. Only students who will enter their final year of the nursing program during the upcoming school year will be considered eligible.


Florence (Kukla) Wilkinson Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship honors the late Florence Wilkinson, a long-time community resident of Sammamish. Florence had always desired to be a nurse, but was unable to pursue the career she dreamed of. To help those with the same dream, she established a scholarship to provide funding to well-qualified Bellevue College Nursing Students who might otherwise be unable to afford tuition and fees necessary to pursue a Registered Nurse qualifying Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.


Nora Matava Nursing Scholarship

Intended for students currently enrolled in or who have been accepted into the Bellevue College Nursing Program. Preference will be given first generation college students. A successful applicant will have demonstrated care and respect toward others, a recognition of human dignity during illness, and personal honesty, integrity and accountability in the course of completing the scholarship application.


Robert & Jean Reid Family Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship honors community leaders Robert and Jean Reid who actively promoted Bellevue civics, health care, business, recreation and growth through their company Reid Sand & Gravel, their roles in helping to found Overlake Medical Center, Overlake Golf & Country Club and The Bellevue Club, and through leadership in athletics, education and recreation. Through their family and the endowments they created, they continue to provide for new generations. This scholarship is intended for students currently enrolled in or who have been accepted into the Bellevue College Nursing Program, who intend to practice Nursing in the State of Washington and who have exhibited qualities indicative of excelling in the nursing profession.


Shirley Farnham Nursing Scholarship

Intended for students enrolled in the Nursing program. Preference may be given to students who are single parents.


Vasantha Daniel Nursing Scholarship

Vasantha C. Daniel obtained her BA and BSN degrees in India before moving to Seattle. She received her Masters and Post Masters degrees from the University of Washington and taught there before accepting a faculty position at Bellevue College. Vasantha’s dedication to the nursing program and students let her to a 26-year career, of which included her serving as Chair of the BC Nursing program for several years. This scholarship was established for BC nursing students who have demonstrated excellence in clinical work.

These scholarships are intended for adult students (usually over age 25) returning to or attending college at Bellevue College. Award amounts are subject to change from year to year.

AAUW‐Issaquah Scholarship

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Open to women in transition over the age of 25 enrolled in a degree or certificate program substantially incorporating one or more of the fields of science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics and having completed at least 30 credits of college level work. Preference may be given to applicants who are scheduled to complete by the end of the next academic year.


Aoyama Family Scholarship for Women

Intended for women over the age of 42 enrolled in a degree or certificate program, having completed at least 26 credits of college level work and studying to gain skills or professional growth to provide for their families.


Kay Bell Scholarship

Open to students who are displaced homemakers and who can demonstrate financial need. Preference may be given to a mother with children.


Margaret Courter Scholarship

The scholarship was established by Al Courter, who has been a strong supporter of BC academic and athletic programs. The scholarship is offered in memory of his mother, Margaret M. Courter. Margaret’s professional life was long and varied, including selling real estate, to Boeing, to her last job at Honda of Kirkland. The scholarship is intended for women returning to the workforce and who have engaged help through BC’s Women’s Center. The Women’s Center provides support with classes, workshops, and special advising to help women find and secure career employment.


Naomi & Claude Newbury Scholarship for Women in Transition

Intended for women in transition enrolled in a degree or certificate program at BC. Preference may be given to women who need a second chance, have a desire to further their education and are motivated to do well.


Ravindra K. Agrawal Scholarship

Intended for international students over the age of 25 changing careers and are enrolled in a professional/technical program at BC.

External Scholarships

There are many scholarship opportunities available, so you shouldn’t limit yourself to applying only for university-sponsored scholarships. We recommend that students start early, research as many funding sources as you can, learn which ones you may qualify for, and then apply promptly. There are many scholarships, awards, and search services available for all types of qualifications through outside organizations and corporations. Many of these scholarships do not have academic requirements.Scholarship criteria can be based on academic achievement, athletic or artistic talent, financial need, particular fields of student, or involvement in the community. For information, contact the Center for Career Connections.

SCAM ALERT!

As you search for outside scholarships, always be on the lookout for scams. Do not apply for scholarships with an application fee or pay for services that will help you find scholarships. With all the free resources available, there is simply no reason to pay for scholarship information. We also recommend not applying for scholarships that ask for personal information: social security number, parent’s maiden name, or anything that seems suspicious. The FinAid website has a great section on scams!

Look where you’re going

If you are headed into a specific field, look up the leaders in that field or industry and check their websites for scholarship opportunities. For example, a pre-nursing or pre-med student should check out websites for drug manufacturers or companies that do medical research. Most companies’ websites are searchable, so try searching “scholarships.” If that doesn’t yield results, try “foundation” or “philanthropy.”

Research organizations and corporations close to home

Utilize your parents and family members! Many companies offer scholarships solely to the children or relatives of employees. Also look at local organizations and groups, such as churches and recreational centers, and check your local Chamber of Commerce or city hall for resources. You never know what you may find!

Scholarship search engines

Find at least two search engines you’re comfortable with and use both to search for scholarship opportunities. For international students, be sure to search internationalscholarships.com.

The following websites contain additional outside scholarship listings that can benefit you in your pursuit of additional funding. We recommend that you consider each search engine and use only those that work best for your search.

If receiving a lot of emails from a search engine bothers you, set up a scholarship-only email account. This will keep all of your scholarship information in one place, your regular inbox won’t be overflowing, and when you use your scholarship email, you will be more focused on searching for scholarship information.

Organize the information in a way that makes sense to you. For example, when using Fastweb, click on the “deadline” heading to sort the scholarships according to deadline.

Google it

Just like everything else, you can search for scholarships on Google. In fact, Google has their own scholarships. While Google is a great search engine, the results produced from a search can’t be guaranteed. So always be on the lookout for scams.

Contact your college and major department

Start by searching your college and major department’s websites to see if you find information about scholarships they offer. Make a plan to speak with an advisor to talk more about any available opportunities. You can also reach out to professors to see if they know of any additional resources you may not be aware of.

Check out other campus programs, organizations, and listserves

There are many other scholarship resources available on campus. Search program websites, sign up for listservs to get up-to-date information, and look for any other postings on campus that may tell you about a new resource.

 

Last Updated January 22, 2019