The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Jill Wakefield scholarship for Emergency Assistance is available to support student success, retention, and completion by removing financial barriers for students.
The scholarship has two purposes: 1. To cover tuition, fees and books for students close to completing their degrees or certificates. 2. To provide one time, one quarter, emergency assistance for unforeseen barriers outside of the student’s control such as (but not limited to) childcare, transportation, and housing.
- • Be eligible for in-state tuition rates or out-of-state tuition waiver
- • Have completed and passed a minimum of 12 credits at a Seattle College
- • Have a GPA of 2.0 or higher
- • Be a degree or certificate seeking student
- • Pursuing first degree or certificate (or enrolled in a BAS program) with an intent to finish
- • Have completed a FAFSA or WASFA application for the 2017-2018 school year
- • Cannot owe money to the college
- • Priority will be given to students 1-2 quarters away from completing their degrees or certificates. Students requesting tuition assistance who are not yet close to completion will need to state their plan to pay for the rest of their degree or certificate and will likely only be eligible for one quarter of tuition and books assistance.
If you are not sure that you meet these qualifications, we encourage you to contact us.
Funding Limits and Deadlines:
Tuition, Fees and Books Funding:
- • SUMMER quarter applications accepted on a rolling basis until 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. Please note that funding for summer is more limited than other quarters and applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Funding may run out prior to the final deadline. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
- • ROLLING DEADLINE—Applications will be accepted at any point in the quarter
- • Emergency funding limits (lifetime):
- • Childcare- up to $500
- • Housing- up to $1,100
- • Transportation- up to $500
- • Other miscellaneous emergency expense- up to $500
1. Fill out the FAFSA www.fafsa.gov or WASFA http://readysetgrad.org/wasfa for the 2017-2018 year if you haven’t already.
2. Review the financial literacy document and complete a budget.
3. Please see a committee member for an application and either turn it in to firstname.lastname@example.org or see a committee member below.
4. Review the educational planning document, create a draft educational plan, and meet with an academic advisor for educational plan approval (unless an accurate educational plan is already on file within the past year). If you are graduating next quarter, pleas e meet with an advisor to fill out a graduation application. To meet with an advisor, please go to the Advising front counter on the 2nd floor of the College Center building or call 206-934-3658. Applications are not complete without this step. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
NOTE: The committee aims to make an awarding decision within 48 hours for emergency assistance and within 3 weeks for tuition/books assistance. Students will be notified by phone or email of any awarding decisions.
Jill Wakefield Emergency Scholarship FAQs
No, the Jill Wakefield Scholarship provides one-time funding in the event of enrollment-threatening financial situations. The money is a scholarship, which does not need to be paid back.
Each application is considered based on how close a student is to completion, the likelihood of their completion, the items they are requesting funding for, and their financial need.
No. While income is considered in the review process, there is no specific income requirement to be eligible for this grant.
Depending on the type of funding a student requests, it can take up to a week for everything to be processed.