Scholarships

Thanks to the generous contributions of donors, Independent Colleges of Washington is able to provide over $1,000,000 in scholarships, financial assistance, and in-kind gifts to students attending our member colleges.

All ICW scholarships are currently closed for new applications. 

The next application period will open in late December 2016 or January 2017.

The information below is retained for reference on our current year process. 

The scholarships detailed below, are selected by committee and require an application and essay. Some of our scholarships are focused on major, others on community service or place of residence.

Notification of awards will sent to students and college financial aid offices by July 1, 2016.

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Scholarship Descriptions

E.K. & Lillian F. Bishop Foundation Scholarship – $2,500

The Bishop Foundation was established in 1972 “for the benefit of young people” and the endowment with ICW began in 2004. Lillian Fleet Bishop was born in Montesano and her father lived and worked in Grays Harbor as a civil engineer. Lillian met her husband E.K. “Ned” Bishop after his move to Aberdeen from Alton, Illinois. Lillian and Ned became wealthy via the lumber industry and from part ownership in Consolidated Aircraft (founded in 1923 by Lillian’s brother Rueben). Applicants must have a permanent residence located in Grays Harbor County. Demonstrated financial need is required. Not automatically renewable.

Richard E. Bangert Business Award – $1,500

This scholarship is funded by First Interstate Bank, family, friends, and estate of Richard E. Bangert (1920 – 2012.) Mr. Bangert served on the Board of ICW from the 1960’s through 2012, several of those years as chairman. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce and then attended the Pacific Coast Banking School. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Gonzaga University. During his banking and finance career he worked for a number of Seattle institutions. He was President, CEO, and Chairman of Pacific National Bank, and in 1985 he retired as chairman of First Interstate Bank of Washington. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college in Fall 2016 and majoring in business or a business-related field. Demonstrated financial need is required. Not automatically renewable.

The Boeing Company STEM Scholarship – $2,500

The Boeing Company is a worldwide leader in airplane and aerospace design, engineering, and manufacturing and is also one of the most generous donors in the history of Independent Colleges of Washington, having provided more than $9 million to Washington’s independent colleges and universities during ICW’s first half-century of service. To help celebrate the 50th anniversary if ICW in 2003, the company established an endowed scholarship. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college in Fall 2016 , have a minimum GPA of 3.25, and be majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), a health care field, or be preparing to teach in a STEM field. Not automatically renewable.

David M. Irwin Friend of Higher Education Award – $1,000

Friends and associates of Mr. David M. Irwin created this endowed scholarship in 1998. David Irwin graduated from Seattle University. From 1972 to 1997 he served as president of Washington Friends of Higher Education (WFHE was changed to ICW in 1998). He was instrumental in raising to unprecedented levels the amount of federal and state aid for individuals attending independent four-year institutions. He served independent colleges and universities for more than 30 years and was highly committed to helping students gain access to their college of choice. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college in Fall 2016 and feel deeply transformed by their college experience. Students with a GPA of 2.5-3.0 encouraged to apply. Not automatically renewable.

Stanley O. McNaughton Community Service Award – $2,000

“If you see a need, you must respond to it.” Stanley O. McNaughton (1921 – 1998) was one of the founding fathers of Independent Colleges of Washington and is recognized as one of the most effective philanthropists in the history of this region. He was Chairman and CEO of PEMCO Financial Center and lived a life of commitment to community service. His passion and vision touched countless people. This award carries Mr. McNaughton’s name to honor his lifetime of leadership in volunteerism and financial support, and to acknowledge PEMCO’s major financial investment in this scholarship program. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college in Fall 2016 , and show dedication to volunteer service and academic achievement. Demonstrated financial need is required. Not automatically renewable.

William G. Saletic Scholarship – $1,000

Friends, family, and business associates of William G. Saletic (1930 – 1999) established this endowment to honor Mr. Saletic’s memory and particularly his interest in history and politics. He was a graduate of Seattle University and served for 22 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Pan Seafoods, a Seattle business. He was also an active ICW board member for many years. He frequently expressed gratitude for the educational opportunities he had been given and believed strongly that all students should be given the option of a private college education. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college in Fall 2016 and be majoring in history or political studies. Not automatically renewable.

Many of our awards do not require an application, and are selected by the college financial aid offices from eligible students. No application required. Number in parenthesis indicates awards available.

  • Costco Wholesale Scholarship (multiple)

    Recipients must meet the following criteria:

    • Demonstrated financial need
    • From an underrepresented minority group
  • Go for it! Scholarship – School Employees Credit Union of Washington and PEMCO Insurance (10)

    Recipients should meet the following criteria:

    • Diversity candidates, such as ethnic, geographic or economic; or
    • Students with majors that may lack gender diversity, e.g. men in nursing, women in engineering, etc.
  • ICW Board of Directors Scholarship (10)

    Recipients must meet the following criteria:

    • Priority to a student who is significantly benefitting from attending a private college, or
    • Exposure to a liberal arts education has resulted in the student changing majors/career paths
    • Diversity candidates, such as ethnic, geographic or economic; and/or
    • Students with majors that may lack gender diversity, e.g. men in nursing, women in engineering, etc.
  • William Kilworth Scholarship (10)

    Recipients must have a permanent resident address in Pierce County

  • Norcliffe Foundation Scholarship (10)

    Recipients must meet the following criteria:

    • From the Puget Sound region
    • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Principal Financial Group Scholarship (4)

    Recipients (two students on each campus):

    • Must have junior or senior status at Gonzaga University or Whitworth University
    • Majoring in one of the following: accounting, business administration, business information systems/MIS, communications, finance, management
    • Full-time student equivalent status
    • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency required
    • Must have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0
    • Preference to students active in leadership roles on/ off campus
    • Preference to minority students, students with disabilities, and veterans
    • Preference to students interested in internships or full-time employment at The Principal (based on availability)
    • Scholarship awards should be applied above and beyond tuition (if a recipient has other financial aid)
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) Foundation Scholarship (10)

    Recipient must be a full-time undergraduate student from at least one of these target populations:

    • First generation student
    • Low income minority student
    • New American student

    Student must also have demonstrated financial need.

    UPS Scholarship may not be used to replace financial aid or other scholarship(s) already committed to the student.

  • Violet A. Boyer/ICW Scholarship (10)

Recipients should meet the following criteria:

    • Actively involved in campus life
    • Diversity candidates, such as ethnic, geographic, or economic; or
    • Students with majors that may lack gender diversity, e.g. men in nursing, women in engineering, etc.

The Garrett J. Goodchild Achievement Award is open only to graduating seniors at Eastlake High School or Redmond High School who intends to enroll at any of the 10 independent colleges of Washington.

Garrett J. Goodchild passed away in 1996 prior to his senior year at Eastlake High School in Redmond. As a memorial, his family and friends established this award to assist students who wish to attend one of the 10 independent colleges in Washington.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors from Eastlake High School or Redmond High School, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be able to demonstrate leadership and community involvement. Financial need is considered but not required. $2,500 award is renewable for up to 4 years.

All ICW scholarships are currently closed for new applications. The next application period will open in late December 2016 or January 2017. The link below is active for reference only. 

Additional Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

Financial Aid 101: How do I apply?

Federal and State Financial Aid Information

Links to ICW Financial Aid Offices

TheWashBoard.org – Ad and spam free scholarship search for Washington students.