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Boren Undergraduate Scholarship


Boren Scholarships, an initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The Bonderman Fellowship


Where would you go if you had eight months to travel solo? Which two continents and six countries would you visit? How would you get there? Where would you stay? What experiences would you seek out? How would you be transformed?


Each year a handful of lucky University of Washington students get to make those decisions as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime.


The Bonderman Travel Fellowship offers University of Washington graduate, professional, and select undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad.


Through the Honors Program and the Graduate School Bonderman Fellowships enable students to undertake independent international travel to explore, be open to the unexpected, and come to know the world in new ways. Fellows may not participate in a program or organization, engage in formal study at a foreign university, conduct research or other academic projects, or travel with an organized group.  Bonderman Fellowships are intended to introduce students to cultures, peoples, and areas of the world with which they are not familiar.


The Bonderman Travel Fellowship program was created in 1995 through a gift from David Bonderman, who earned his undergraduate degree in Russian from the University of Washington in 1963. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he received a Sheldon Fellowship that allowed him to travel internationally, an experience that had a profound impact on his life. Now a successful investment adviser, Mr. Bonderman provides opportunities to current UW students for similarly transformative travel experiences through this program.

Gates Millenium Scholars


The increasing diversity of our society reminds us that all of America’s citizens must have access to opportunity for higher education if our nation is to sustain and advance itself as a global, competitive democracy in the new millennium. The future of our nation’s economy, democracy, and quality of life is dependent upon the preparation of a diverse cadre of leaders who will help build a stronger society. These potential leaders, drawn from groups that have traditionally and historically been denied access to higher education, must receive the support needed to negotiate the pathway to completing a college education.


The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian Pacific Islander American**, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

Unite UW Program Leader


Unite UW is an on-campus cultural and personal exchange program within the Division of Student Life. The program connects domestic and international students, to enrich cultural understandings, foster lasting personal connections, and create a community of belonging. This 7-week intensive program pairs students in a series of weekly cultural workshops and bonding activities. Three sections of the program are offered concurrently every quarter in the academic year, with no credit bearing.


Program Leader Description: Unite UW Program Leaders (PLs) collaborate with the International Student Engagement Specialist and the Unite UW team to develop and facilitate activities for one of three independent sections. As student leaders, as well as student peers, PLs will gain valuable experience for the future while helping students connect to the UW community and to each other.


Training commitment: Unite UW Student PLs are required to attend a training retreat during the first weekend of each quarter, as well as weekly reflection meetings with the International Student Engagement Specialist.


Learning Opportunities: This leadership experience provides significant opportunities for PLs to explore their passions for campus diversity and gain experience that supports their professional growth, wellness, and success at the UW and in the world beyond. Specifically, PLs will develop competencies in the following areas:


  • Cultural leadership skills and student services in higher education
  • Program development and project management
  • Recruiting and hiring procedures, including application review and interviews
  • Challenges and nuances in cross-cultural exchange
  • Relationship building within a diverse community
  • Develop expertise of campus resources through the Office of Student Life
  • Written and oral communication


Additionally, with hands-on training and support from Student Life staff (under the guidance of the International Student Engagement Specialist), the PLs  will learn how to:


  • Promote a program on campus, including how to advertise effectively to various student audiences.
  • Recruit participants with an understanding of inclusion, diversity, and objectivity.
  • Lead an independent section of the Unite UW program, including how to design and implement activities, events, weekend retreats, and other bonding opportunities.
  • Support the facilitator team, including how to work proactively with the team in the resolution of program related issues or concerns.
  • Conduct participant assessments via surveys and written reflection and learn how to write an assessment report.
  • Understand the needs of student individuals and connect them to relevant campus resources.
  • Speak and present in front of a large group, and communicate effectively with participants, facilitators, and supervising staff  via email, conversations, social media, etc.
  • Support Unite UW core alumni events, including the coordination of volunteers during Dawg Daze, Alumni reunion, and annual BBQ.


Stipend: You will receive a monthly stipend.

Unite UW Facilitator


Unite UW will select 15 facilitators to lead a small group of six participants each. We are looking for someone who is compassionate, responsible, open-minded, outgoing, and committed to the mission of Unite UW. Time commitment include: planned program activities, training, plus self-initiated group meet-ups outside of program. Facilitators receive a small stipend upon satisfactory evaluation result with demonstrated time commitment.

FIG Leader


FIG Leaders develop curriculum and activities for General Studies 199: The University Community (GEN ST 199), a class included in every FIG cluster class and stand-alone class. The GEN ST 199 course is facilitated entirely a peer instructor known as a FIG Leader. FIG Leaders teach a section of GEN ST 199 for freshman or transfer students in the fall quarter.


This experience gives you the chance to earn course credit while enhancing leadership skills that will assist you in future professional endeavors. In addition, you will take part in a program that has become a significant part of the UW student experience!


  • FIGs are groups of 20 to 25 first-year students co-enrolled in a cluster of classes in the fall quarter.
  • Transfer FIGs (T-FIGs) are groups of 20 to 25 new transfer students who take one class together in the fall quarter.
  • Each FIG includes a section of GEN ST 199, a course facilitated by the FIG Leader who serves as a teacher and a mentor to the students in the FIG.
  • The purpose of GEN ST 199 is to help students understand what the UW expects of them, to help students understand what they can expect of the UW, and to take active steps toward maximizing their educational experiences. It is structured around topics such as social issues, diversity, academic planning, campus resources and major exploration.
  • FIG Leaders collaborate with each other to develop lesson plans that help fulfill the purpose of GEN ST 199 and support new students as they develop confidence in navigating the UW and Seattle.

Become an RA!


Position Description: The RA position is a dynamic position with many tasks and responsibilities.  See the 2017-18 RA Contract for more specific details about the role. *Graduate and professional students are also eligible to apply for the Community Assistant (CA)position.

  • Work Period: Early September – Mid-June (nine months) with break period responsibilities.
  • Work Schedule: 19.5 hours per week, Monday–Friday, with night, weekend, and break period responsibilities.
  • Compensation (2017-18): The RA position is compensated at a rate equal to the cost of room and $16.39 per day on their Dining Account for the 2017–18 academic year. The RA is compensated an additional prorated amount during Autumn Training. Compensation is applied directly to housing and dining expenses. Additionally, the RA is compensated $36 per academic quarter for laundry; laundry funds are provided on the RA’s Husky Card Account or equivalent system based on building requirements. Dining Account balances do not carry beyond the end of employment as a Resident Adviser and will be forfeited as of the last date of employment. The RA is provided a single or double room or a room within an apartment and is not assigned a roommate.

FIUTS Facilitator


Are you interested in helping new international students adjust to life in Seattle? Fostering international awareness? Building your leadership skills and your resume? Sharing your culture with others? Making friends with fascinating students and community members from around the globe? Join the FIUTS team as a FIUTS Facilitator!

The Carlson Leadership and Public Service Center


Through campus and community collaborations, The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center cultivates knowledge, skills and capacities to create an equitable and liberated world.

Study Abroad Office

Student Financial Aid

We believe students from all economic backgrounds should have the opportunity to attend the University of Washington. Finances should not be a barrier to getting a world-class education. Whether you attend our Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell campuses, you’re in the right place to explore the many scholarship, grant, loan and work-study options available that help make paying for college as affordable as possible.

List of undergraduate scholarships: https://www.washington.edu/financialaid/types-of-aid/scholarships/undergraduate-scholarships/