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Scholarships for Current College Students Requiring an Application
The scholarships application period is now closed. Thank you.
The scholarships detailed below are selected by committee and require an application and essay. Some of our scholarships are focused on major, others on community service or place of residence. Notification of awards will be sent to students and college financial aid offices no later than July 1, 2020.
E.K. & Lillian F. Bishop Foundation Scholarship - 2 Awards of $3,000 Each
The Bishop Foundation was established in 1972 “for the benefit of young people” and the endowment with ICW began in 2004. Lillian Fleet Bishop was born in Montesano and her father lived and worked in Grays Harbor as a civil engineer. Lillian met her husband E.K. “Ned” Bishop after his move to Aberdeen from Alton, Illinois. Lillian and Ned became wealthy via the lumber industry and from part ownership in Consolidated Aircraft (founded in 1923 by Lillian’s brother Rueben). Applicants must have a permanent residence located in Grays Harbor County. Demonstrated financial need is required. Not automatically renewable.
Bishop Application checklist: 1) Attending or about to attend one of the ten ICW colleges in fall 2020; 2) Permanent residence is located in Grays Harbor County; 3) Demonstrated financial need; 4) One-page resume; 5) Unofficial college transcripts; 6) One-page essay on this topic: “How will your education and years in Grays Harbor County impact your college and career choice?”
This scholarship is funded by First Interstate Bank, family, friends, and estate of Richard E. Bangert (1920 – 2012.) Mr. Bangert served on the Board of ICW from the 1960’s through 2012, several of those years as chairman. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in economics from the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce and then attended the Pacific Coast Banking School. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Gonzaga University. During his banking and finance career he worked for a number of Seattle institutions. He was President, CEO, and Chairman of Pacific National Bank, and in 1985 he retired as chairman of First Interstate Bank of Washington. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college in Fall 2020 and majoring in business or a business-related field. Demonstrated financial need is required. Not automatically renewable.
Bangert Application checklist: 1) Junior or senior as of fall 2020 who is majoring is in a business-related field; 2) Demonstrated financial need; 3) One-page resume; 4) Unofficial college transcripts; 5) One-page essay on this topic: “How will your business-related education at this college impact your career choice? (Please articulate via your essay the role of a business leader in society.)”
The Boeing Company is a worldwide leader in airplane and aerospace design, engineering, and manufacturing and is also one of the most generous donors in the history of Independent Colleges of Washington, having provided more than $9 million to Washington’s independent colleges and universities during ICW’s first half-century of service. To help celebrate the 50th anniversary if ICW in 2003, the company established an endowed scholarship. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college as of Fall 2020, have a minimum GPA of 3.25, and be majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), a health care field, or be preparing to teach in a STEM field. Not automatically renewable.
Boeing Application checklist: 1) Junior or senior as of fall 2020 who is majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, or health care; 2) 3.25+ GPA; 3) One-page resume that indicates community involvement; 4) Unofficial college transcripts; 5) One-page essay on this topic: “How has your coursework and experience at this independent college impacted your STEM career choice and your role in the future of Washington?”
Friends and associates of Mr. David M. Irwin created this endowed scholarship in 1998. David Irwin graduated from Seattle University. From 1972 to 1998 he served as president of Washington Friends of Higher Education (WFHE was changed to ICW in 1998). He was instrumental in raising to unprecedented levels the amount of federal and state aid for individuals attending independent four-year institutions. He served independent colleges and universities for more than 30 years and was highly committed to helping students gain access to their college of choice. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college as of Fall 2020 and feel deeply transformed by their college experience. Students with a GPA of 2.5-3.0 encouraged to apply. Not automatically renewable.
Irwin Application checklist: 1) Junior or senior as of fall 2020; 2) One-page resume; 3) Unofficial college transcripts; 4) One-page essay on this topic: “How has your education at an independent college impacted your personal growth and career choice?” 5) Application conveys how college has been a transformational experience.
“If you see a need, you must respond to it.” Stanley O. McNaughton (1921 – 1998) was one of the founding fathers of Independent Colleges of Washington and is recognized as one of the most effective philanthropists in the history of this region. He was Chairman and CEO of PEMCO Financial Center and lived a life of commitment to community service. His passion and vision touched countless people. This award carries Mr. McNaughton’s name to honor his lifetime of leadership in volunteerism and financial support, and to acknowledge PEMCO’s major financial investment in this scholarship program. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college as of Fall 2020, and show dedication to volunteer service and academic achievement. Demonstrated financial need is required. Not automatically renewable.
McNaughton Application checklist: 1) Junior or senior as of fall 2020 who is dedicated to volunteer service (in high school and college); 2) Demonstrated financial need; 3) One-page resume; 4) Unofficial college transcripts that show academic achievement; 5) One-page essay on this topic: “How does your experience and your views on volunteerism and community service impact your future career choice?”
Friends, family, and business associates of William G. Saletic (1930 – 1999) established this endowment to honor Mr. Saletic’s memory and particularly his interest in history and politics. He was a graduate of Seattle University and served for 22 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Peter Pan Seafoods, a Seattle business. He was also an active ICW board member for many years. He frequently expressed gratitude for the educational opportunities he had been given and believed strongly that all students should be given the option of a private college education. Applicants must be a junior or senior at an ICW college as of Fall 2020 and be majoring in history or political studies. Not automatically renewable.
Saletic Application checklist: 1) Junior or senior as of fall 2020 who is majoring in history or political studies; 2) One-page resume; 3) Unofficial college transcripts; 4) One-page essay on this topic: “Tell us about your special interest in politics and/or history. How will it impact your career choice?”