Due to our generous donors, the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences has a robust undergraduate scholarship program. We have traditionally offered scholarships in $10,000, $5,000, or $2,500 amounts, depending on the applicant pool and match with funds available each year. These funds are awarded based on merit and/or need, as indicated by the FAFSA or WASFA. The funds are directly deposited to your student account on a quarterly basis (Autumn, Winter, Spring)before the tuition due date (which is generally the third week of the quarter) after full-time (12 credits) enrollment is verified. Scholarships cannot be applied tosummer quarter. Students, including those that have previously received a SEFS scholarship, must apply annually for the following academic year. Awards must be used within the award year. The SEFS ESRM Scholarship Application Form is available April 1 to April 30.

To apply, you will need to prepare:

  • A brief resume (in PDF format)
  • An unofficial UW transcript (in PDF format)
  • A Personal Statement, (in PDF format) up to 500 words, that addresses:
    • What area of study are you interested in
    • Your future goals
    • How the scholarship will help you achieve your goals
    • Anything else you think the Scholarship Committee should consider

Once you are ready, you will need to log into Google using a UW NetID and have the UW G-Suite activated. If necessary, consult your G Suite settings here. If you do not seem to have permission, close your browser completely to eliminate any other logins and then open your browser and the link again. Enter your UW NetID followed by @uw.edu. You should then be prompted for a UW NetID login. Then, you can proceed to access the current Scholarship Form here.

Eligibility for Scholarships

  • Declared in the ESRM major and completed at least 30 college credits (BSE students should apply directly to WPPF)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • The FAFSA or WASFA must also be completed to be eligible for scholarships that require financial need
  • You must maintain full time enrollment (12 credits) for the quarters that you receive the scholarship.
  • Note: Incoming freshmen and graduate students will not be considered for these scholarships

Criteria for Scholarships

The SEFS Scholarship Committee uses the following criteria to determine awards:

  • Financial need (required by many funds at SEFS)
  • Academic performance (merit)
  • Personal statement (up to 500 words) addressing area of study and future goals

Other Sources of Financial Aid

Charles L. Pack Essay Competition is a $500 award for the best essay on a forestry topic written for the general public. Contact sefsadv@uw.edu with questions.

Graduate Student Travel Awards provide funding assistance to attend national conferences, seminars, and professional meetings. The funding is meant to supplement research grant funding and the Graduate School Fund for Excellence and Innovation.  Although each request is considered on its merits and is subject to availability of funds, the general guideline for student funding is up to $300 of expenses for domestic travel and up to $500 of expenses for international travel.

Capstone Project Funding can be applied for by submitting the Capstone Award Form to apply for financial support to defray costs incurred to complete ESRM senior capstone projects.

Field Trip Funding can be secured by submitting the Field Trip Support Form to apply for financial support to help with the cost of field trip fees for courses with field trips.

Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation Scholarships provide industry-sponsored scholarships for undergraduate majors in the Bioresource Science and Engineering (BSE) program. Applicants must apply prior to the first quarter of their admission to the program. Scholarship amounts are $1,500-$4,000 per academic year, depending upon academic merit.

UW Financial Aid Office administers a variety of government and UW-funded financial aid programs for UW students. Application deadlines vary, but priority is given to those who apply early. Scholarship amount depends on eligibility for financial aid.

Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards provides information and guidance for UW students on a wide variety of local and national funding programs.

UW Veterans Education Benefits provides information and guidance for veterans, current active duty members or dependents of military who may be entitled to VA benefits, tuition reductions, or tuition assistance programs while enrolled at the UW.

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