New Applicant FAQs

Eligibility

 

 

Application

 

Selection


ELIGIBILITY

 

I AM NOW A WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENT, BUT I GRADUATED FROM AN OUT-OF-STATE HIGH SCHOOL. WHY DOES GRADUATING FROM A WASHINGTON STATE HIGH SCHOOL MATTER?

The requirement that applicants must have received their high school diploma or GED from Washington state institutions is a requirement as the program was founded by prior and current WA State governors and continues to be supported by their fund raising efforts to benefit WA high school graduates in foster care only.

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IF I ALREADY HAVE A BACHELOR’S DEGREE, CAN I APPLY FOR THIS PROGRAM TO COMPLETE A SECOND BACHELOR’S DEGREE?

No. This program is only available for students to complete their first bachelor’s degrees.

 

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I ALREADY HAVE AN ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE.  CAN I APPLY FOR THE GOVERNORS' SCHOLARSHIP?

No. You must be a current high school student to apply for the Governor' Scholarship. Current college students will not be considered. 

 

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I LIVE IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND I WAS HOMESCHOOLED BUT I DID AN ONLINE PROGRAM THROUGH A SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON.  AM I STILL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

If you completed an online program outside of Washington, you are eligible to apply if you filed an "intent to home school" or “copy of the declaration” with your local Washington state school district.  Maine is the most common online program.

You will be required to submit a copy of your "intent to home school" or “copy of the declaration” in addition to an official copy of your transcript. If you attended an online program outside of Washington and did not file an “intent to home school” with your local school district in Washington, you are not eligible.

 

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CAN I APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP IF I'M NOT PLANNING TO ENROLL FULL TIME?

The intent of the Governors' Scholarship is to fund students who will be enrolling full time (12+ credits) each term to complete their Bachelors' degrees.  If you are selected, we strongly recommend that you enroll full time each term. If selected and you do not enroll full time, please contact CSF for options. Students who are enrolled less than full time at the time of application are eligible to apply, as long as they are planning to enroll full time in the fall.

 

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WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE SCHOLARSHIP IF I TRANSFER TO ANOTHER COLLEGE OR ATTEND A DIFFERENT COLLEGE THAN I ORIGINALLY REPORTED ON MY APPLICATION?

Yes.  When students are selected in May, they will be asked to verify the colleges or universities they will be attending in fall. You can update your college at that time.
If students who have been selected choose to attend a different eligible Washington college or university on a full-time basis and continue to meet all other program requirements, they will be eligible to have future scholarship disbursements sent to their new colleges. Please see the list of eligible WA State colleges and universities you may attend and still receive the funds if selected.

 

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MAY I MAJOR IN MORE THAN ONE DEGREE AND STILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP?

If you are enrolled in two degrees concurrently, you will only receive payment for study in one of your majors.

 

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I LIVED WITH MY GRANDPARENT(S), OTHER FAMILY MEMBER OR FAMILY FRIEND, BUT THEY DID NOT RECEIVE A COURT ORDER NAMING THEM MY GUARDIAN. CAN I STILL APPLY?

No. You must have been in a court order placement naming your current care provider as official guardian in order to be considered eligible for the Governors' Scholarship. Please see Eligibility criteria for further information. 

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I WAS/HAVE BEEN ADOPTED. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

No. Even if you spent years in court ordered foster care, when you were adopted, you are no longer eligible to apply for the Governors' Scholarship.

 

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I DON'T HAVE A COPY OF MY MOST RECENT COURT ORDER, HOW DO I PROVE I AM IN COURT ORDERED FOSTER CARE/DEPENDENCY GURADIANSHIP/GUARDIANSHIP?

In order for your application to be considered, you MUST provide a copy of your most recent court order showing your official placement. If you do not have a copy of this, you can contact your social worker (if you have one), or you may contact the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) for a copy. Please contact DSHS at (800) 723-4831 toll free. Please note that only official court documents will be accepted. "Dependent/Ward of the Court" Verification Letters from DSHS will NOT be sufficient.

 

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I HAVE BEEN IN FOSTER CARE FOR "X NUMBER OF YEARS", BUT I WAS RECENTLY PLACED BACK AT HOME WITH MY BIOLOGICAL PARENT(S). CAN I STILL APPPLY?

Applicants are NOT eligible to apply if you have returned to live with their parents before turning 18 (regardless of whether the court continued to remanin involved). You are also NOT eligible if your dependency court order has been dismissed. 

 

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APPLICATION

 

I AM A RUNNING START STUDENT.  SHOULD I COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AS A COLLEGE OR A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT?

If you are a Running Start student, please complete the application as a high school senior, since you have not yet graduated from high school. When submitting your transcript, please request your unofficial high school transcript, and make sure your Running Start courses are included.

 

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I'M NOT SURE WHAT COLLEGE I WILL BE ATTENDING IN THE FALL.  WHAT COLLEGE SHOULD I PUT ON THE APPLICATION?

If you have applied to more than one college, you may not know by the application deadline which college you will be attending in the fall.  If you are still deciding which college you'll be attending, please complete the application with your current first choice college.  Students who are selected to receive the scholarship will be asked to complete an online scholarship acceptance form in May -- at that time, you will be able to confirm the college you will be attending.

 

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I HAVE AP AND/OR IB COURSES, ARE THOSE COURSES COUNTED TOWARDS MY CLASS LEVEL?

Once you are in college and your college accepts your AP and/or IB courses as part of your degree program, then you will count those AP and/or IB credits to determine your class level.  Generally the college lists the credits they have accepted on your transcript.

 

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HOW CAN I UPDATE INFORMATION ON MY APPLICATION ONCE IT HAS BEEN SUBMITTED?

Once you have submitted your application, you cannot make corrections or provide updates through the on-line application portal. If you need to update the information you provided, please email the corrections or changes to: scholarshipservices@collegesuccessfoundation.org. Be sure to include in your email your full name, date of birth, preferred phone number, and school or college you have last attended.

 

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SELECTION

 

HOW WILL RECIPIENTS BE SELECTED?

The College Success Foundation (CSF), as program administrator, will make selection decisions based on information provided by students in their applications. Selection decisions may be made using a variety of factors provided in the applications, such as:

  • Student grade point average (GPA) at the time of application
  • Scored Short Answer questions
  • Scored Recommender Form and Letter 

 

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I DON’T MEET ALL OF THE CRITERIA TO APPLY THIS YEAR, BUT THINK I MAY NEXT YEAR. CAN I RE-APPLY THEN?

You must be a current high school senior at the time of application in order to apply for the Governors' Scholarship. Current college students are not eligible. 

 

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MAY I APPLY FOR MORE THAN ONE SCHOLARSHIP ADMINISTERED BY COLLEGE SUCCESS FOUNDATION (CSF)?

You may apply for more than one scholarship administered by CSF. Please visit the CSF website for all scholarship opportunities.

 

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HOW MANY YEARS CAN I RECEIVE THE SCHOLARSHIP?

The length of time you are eligible to receive scholarship funding will depend on the length and amount stipulated in the Selection Award Notication that is emailed to you. If selected, please retain a copy of this email to refer to. The typical length of time you may receive your scholarship funds is up to 5 years or 15 quarters/10 semesters. 

 

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HOW MUCH CAN I RECEIVE FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP EACH YEAR?

The amount of the scholarship you receive each year will depend on what type of college you attend:

  • 2-year Community/Technical College - $2,000 per year
  • 4-year Public College - $3,000 per year
  • 4-year Private College - $4,000 per year

 

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