How to Apply

How to Apply

Are you interested in becoming a Scholar?

Do you meet the minimum eligibility criteria for the program?

  • I am highly motivated to attend and succeed in college.
  • I am between 17-25 years old.
  • I am currently a dependent youth in state, tribal, or federally recognized foster care OR I aged out of state, tribal, or federally recognized care.
  • I completed the FAFSA and qualify as "Independent Student Status" under federal financial aid guidelines.
  • I am currently residing in Washington State.
  • I have been offered admission or I am awaiting notification of admission to Seattle University as either a freshman or transfer student to begin in fall quarter. Note: fall quarter applicants will receive priority, however in some rare circumstances winter quarter applications will be considered.

Are you open to receiving the support offered by Fostering Scholars program staff and others at Seattle University?

Do you have the personal desire and discipline to be a successful college student and to persist towards your educational and career goals?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then you are encouraged to apply to become a Scholar at Seattle University. 

To apply to Fostering Scholars, you must first apply to Seattle University. Once your application to the university has been processed, you will be able to view and complete the scholarship application. The Fostering Scholars application can be found below the application checklist in your Seattle University Admissions Portal.


Scholarship Information

The Fostering Scholars Scholarship Program at Seattle University provides generous financial aid, a supportive community, and a transformative college experience to students who have experienced foster care. Fostering Scholars promotes student success by providing financial assistance and a range of academic and personal supports towards the completion of an undergraduate degree at Seattle University.

Scholarship amounts are awarded for up to four years and are determined based on individual financial aid eligibility and programs of study. Scholars receive:

  • Full funding of tuition, books, and other education related expenses
  • Waiver of all enrollment related fees
  • Year-round on-campus housing and meal plan
  • Student health insurance (if needed)
  • Assistance finding on-campus employment opportunities
  • Assistance with navigating financial aid processes
  • Opportunities for professional and personal networking
  • Individualized advising and college success coaching
  • A supportive peer community

Please contact the Fostering Scholars Program at (206) 296-5310 or email program director Colleen Montoya Barbano at for additional information.   


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program outcomes

  • 60 graduates (June 2022)
  • 15-22 scholars enrolled annually
  • A retention rate of 80% (2006-2020)
  • Fostering Scholars' comprehensive program of support makes it a national model and one of the only programs of its kind at a private, independent university.
  • Program alumni are successfully pursuing careers and graduate degrees in a wide range of fields including accounting, law, nursing, teaching, software development and social work.