Leadership Without Borders

Scholarships And Finances


WASFA is open on October 1st and is due on January 31st for the priority deadline.

Washington State offers financial aid programs to students who aren’t eligible for federal financial aid due of immigration status.

Eligibility Requirements for WASFA can be achieved in two ways.

  1. Currently have a Social Security Number (SSN), Tax ID, Work Authorization, or hold Deferred Action for Child Arrival (DACA) status from the US Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) AND have lived in the state of Washington for at least one year prior to your enrollment in college.


  1. Meet requirements for HB 1079 by having
  • Graduated from a Washington high school, or have obtained a GED.
  • And lived in Washington for three years prior to, and continuously since earning a high school diploma or the equivalent


Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships

Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships encourage undergraduate students to develop their leadership abilities through practical experience, personal reflection and in community with mentors and peers. With the support of a Leadership Scholarship, you can devote more time to pursuing an activity or project that interests you and that will allow you to expand your leadership capacity. In the application process, we ask you to articulate your own understandings of leadership, what you want to learn, and how you think the activity you have chosen will support your learning goals. Additionally, you must identify a mentor to provide you guidance and encouragement throughout your application process and award period.

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MoneyGeek DREAMer Financial Support

Like other first-generation immigrants, DACA recipients are often forced to navigate the United States’ financial system on their own for the first time. This guide explains how recipients can carve a financial path to obtain a loan, find tuition assistance and get a credit card, among other things.


Additional Scholarships

Here, you will find a list of scholarships from the University of Washington, community colleges, and other outside organizations that surround our communities. The Leadership Without Borders team is happy to support you with answering any questions, or with the application process itself. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via email at undocu@uw.edu, via phone at 206-685-6301, or visit us at the Ethnic Cultural Center (Room 303).

Upcoming Scholarships