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 – click to download our 2020 Fostering Scholars Application!


Please contact the Fostering Scholars Program at (206) 296-2260 or email program staff at for additional information.   


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program outcomes

  • 55 graduates (June 2020)
  • A retention rate of 80%
  • 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.