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Martin Achievement Scholarship Program

Website: Martin Family Foundation


The Martin Family Foundation established the Martin Achievement Scholarship program to fund students who have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in art, humanities, music, science, and/or leadership at one of the fifteen community colleges located around the Puget Sound region. The program will select Martin Achievement Scholars early in their community college career and will fund, encourage and support their study and eventual transfer to the University of Washington-Seattle Campus.

Martin Achievement Scholars may receive $5,000 in support for their second year in community college and up to $12,000 per year for three years at UW.  Awarded on a competitive basis, the Martin Achievement Scholarship recognizes promise and accomplishment in academics, leadership, or contributions to the community. 


Applicants must be Washington State residents who are U.S. citizens or resident aliens who intend to become U.S. citizens. The award will depend on successful admission to the University of Washington as a matriculated student. Eligible students must:

  • Be currently enrolled students at  Bellevue, Cascadia, Edmonds, Everett , Grays Harbor, Green River, Highline, North Seattle, Olympic, Penninsula, Pierce, Seattle Central, Shoreline, South Seattle or Tacoma Community College pursuing their first baccalaureate degree
  • Have earned a minimum of 15 community college transfer credits
  • Have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in science, humanities, music, art, and/or leadership.
  • Applicants for the 2016 Martin Achievement Scholarship should not plan to transfer to the UW-Seattle prior to the summer 2017.
  • The selection committee gives no consideration to an applicant's gender, race, color, creed, or national origin.

Student Type

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior

Citizen Type

  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident


The Martin Achievement Scholarship application will open Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at

Application deadline is Friday, April 8, 2016 before 11:59 PM. Letters of recommendation are also due by this deadline.

Applicants interested in applying for the Martin Achievement Scholarship will be asked to submit the following materials:

  • A completed online application, including basic biographical and educational information, along with 4 short response questions:
    • What are the two most significant courses you have taken at the community college in preparation for your career? Briefly explain why these courses were most significant? (Limit 500 words)
    • Describe an activity or experience that has been important in shaping, clarifying, and/or strengthening your motivation to pursue an undergraduate degree in your proposed field of study. Why do you think this particular activity or experience influenced you? (Limit 500 words)
    • Describe a recent particularly satisfying experience or activity at either work, community service, or with your family (do not repeat the experience described in the previous question). (Limit 600 words)
    • What additional personal information do you wish to share with the Martin Scholarship Review Committee? (Limit 500 words)
  • Current transcripts from all community colleges/universities attended. Unofficial transcripts are accepted.
  • A Curriculum Vitae or activities resume listing honors, awards, scholarships, service, research, work experience, etc., and
  • Two letters of recommendation; at least one must be written by a faculty member addressing the candidate's intellectual curiosity and potential.  The other can be written by someone able to address the candidate's capabilities and volunteer/community involvement.

After reviewing applications, a select number of applicants will be asked to the University of Washington-Seattle Campus to interview with the Martin Family Foundation Board in May 2016. Final selection decisions will be made after those interviews.

Contact Information

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards
171 Mary Gates Hall
Box 352803
Seattle, WA 98195-2805
Phone: 206-221-6059
Fax: 206-685-7264

Award Details

Length Of Award

Three to Four Years

Number of Awards

1 to 5

Award Amount



  • 2016-04-08: