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FAQs - Martin Family Foundation

How important is my overall GPA in qualifying for a Martin Family Foundation Scholarship?
Your GPA is very important if you're applying for a Martin Family Honors Scholarship. Martin Honors Scholars are encouraged to join College or Departmental Honors Program at the University of Washington. GPA is of less importance for Martin Achievement Scholarship candidates. In this program we are looking for dedicated individuals who are beginning to demonstrate an aptitude in specific areas of study, but who may not have a GPA at the top of their class. We want to encourage and support community college students who are beginning to demonstrate the academic potential that will enable them to be admitted to the University of Washington. Successful admission into the University of Washington is a requirement for the ongoing funding of Martin Achievement Scholars, which begins during a student's second, or final year of study at one of the designated community colleges and continues when they transfer to the University of Washington.
Is financial need a requirement to qualify for these scholarships?
Although a demonstrated financial need will be a consideration in awarding scholarships for both of our scholarship programs, it will not be a requirement. We recognize that attending college full time can be a huge financial burden, even for those who are supported by family and/or employed, but with lots of other responsibilities.
In what way does community service factor into scholarship consideration?
The Martin Family Foundation is interested in assisting individuals who will have a positive impact in their communities. This goal is not intended to limit a candidate's chosen field of study in any way. Lots of people with diverse backgrounds are making a difference every day, either through their volunteerism, their chosen career, their engagement with family, or just through a helpful attitude.
What is the selection process like?
For the Martin Honors Scholarship, applicants complete an application form, including unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation. A review committee composed of UW faculty and staff members reviews all applications and selects a small number of applicants, who are then asked to write a brief essay to supplement their applications. The review committee reviews those essays and selects finalists to be interviewed by the Martin Family Foundation Board in September. The Board makes the final determination of scholarship recipients within one day of the interviews. For the Martin Achievement Scholarship, applicants complete an application form, including unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation. A review committee composed of UW faculty and staff members reviews all applications and selects a small number of finalists to be interviewed by the Martin Family Foundation Board in May. The Board makes the final determination of scholarship recipients within one day of the interviews.
How many scholarships does the Martin Family Foundation fund each year?
At any given time, the Martin Family Foundation is funding twenty-five to thirty three-year scholarships.
Aside from financial support, what other benefits are provided to Martin Family Scholars?
Students selected as Martin Achievement or Martin Honors scholars join a community of scholars at the UW and beyond. Martin Scholars get together on a quarterly basis to share their experiences with each other, learn about resources and opportunities from each other, and meet peers, alums, and others who can provide support and guidance at UW. The Board actively works to build a community of scholars out in the world. We encourage scholars to keep in touch with us and with each other after graduation from UW.
Where do I send my application?
The Martin Achievement and Honors Scholarship applications are online processes. Links to them can be found in the procedures section in the scholarship descriptions. If there are questions, please forward them to the Office of Merit Scholarships Fellowships and Awards through email - scholarq@uw.edu.