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 1-3 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:
• WINTER DEADLINE: JANUARY 4TH, 2018; SPRING DEADLINE: APRIL 4TH, 2017
• Tuition, fees, and books- no more than three quarters of assistance. Students more than three quarters away from graduation will likely be funded for only one quarter.
• 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 email@example.com or see a committee member.
A. Completion Coaching: Aimee Brown. 206-934-3694. firstname.lastname@example.org
B. Workforce: Misti Uptain. 206-934-6054. Misti.email@example.com
C. Financial Aid: Raimi Yuen. 206-934-4726. Raimi.firstname.lastname@example.org
D. Student Leadership: Julius Rodriguez. 206-934-3650. Julius.email@example.com
E. Education Fund: Brianna Rockenstire. 206-934-4724. Brianna.firstname.lastname@example.org
F. ARRC: Hannah Weitz. 206-934-3667. Hannah.email@example.com
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
- Do I have to pay back the emergency funds?
- 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.
- How will my application be considered?
- 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.
- Is there an income requirement for these funds?
- No. While income is considered in the review process, there is no specific income requirement to be eligible for this grant.
- How long does it take to receive these funds?
Depending on the type of funding a student requests, it can take up to a week for everything to be processed.