Scholarships and Financial Aid

Additional Funding Resources Beyond your Training Fund Tuition Assistance Benefit

Financial Aid is available to help pay for your instructional and general fees, nonresident fees (if applicable), room, meals, books/supplies, transportation and personal expenses. Financial aid, which includes, scholarships, grants, loans and student work-study is money or the opportunity to earn money to help pay for education expenses. With the expectation of scholarships , which are usually merit-based, most financial aid is awarded on demonstration of need.

To be considered for a school’s need-based aid, you normally must be an admitted student and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

You can and should apply for any scholarships you can to help offset the cost of your college education. There are scholarships available in many interest areas. Check out the websites below to explore scholarship opportunities. There are millions of scholarship dollars that go unclaimed every year; the more scholarships you apply for, the more likely you are to get one. Remember, not all scholarships are need-based.

Note: Scholarship opportunities and links might change somewhat frequently or be inactivated for part of a year or completely. Typically, conducting an internet search for the details around a particular scholarship or organization will turn up any current versions of those resources. Be cautious of any scholarship application that requires a fee or asks for unnecessarily personal information. Please practice responsible activity on the internet.

*This list was updated on May 20, 2021*


Applying to schools: The National Associate for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) allows aspiring students to apply for application associated fee waivers. Details here:

Training Fund And Employer Partner Scholarship Resources

MultiCare Career Development: | College Students

Kaiser Permanente Career Planning:

Washington Resident Resources Idaho Resident Scholarships

The Washington Opportunity Scholarship Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, STEM and health care occupations (see website for list of eligible programs). To be eligible, scholars must enroll in an approved program, at one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. Scholars are eligible to receive up to $1,500 each quarter for the duration of their associate degree, certificate, or apprenticeship program.  These scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more.

Scholars that intend to earn their bachelor’s degree after the completion of their program are not eligible for CTS and are instead encouraged to review the Baccalaureate Scholarship. Learn more about BaS here.

The Washington College Grant (WCG) program (formerly State Need Grant) helps the state’s lowest-income undergraduate students pursue degrees, hone skills, or retrain for new careers. Students can use the grants at eligible institutions in Washington.

Complete Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges quick survey to find out if you are eligible for free or reduced college tuition and fees:

Idaho Scholarships offers many avenues to scholarship awards. Both merit and need-based students can seek financial opportunities.


Scholarships listed on the site are administered by the State Board of Education with funding from a variety of sources.  Please review each scholarship separately, since the criteria are designed to meet the needs of different students.


Idaho Opportunity Scholarship  is a need-based award which requires at least a 2.7 unweighted cumulative GPA.


The Opportunity Scholarship awards eligible applicants up to $3,500 per year and is renewable for up to four years.


The scholarship funds are available per school year. Recipients must renew each year and are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years.


Idaho Opportunity Scholarship for Adult Learners is a need-based award which requires at least a 2.5 unweighted cumulative GPA, and to be awarded, students must attend an eligible Idaho college or university.


Scholarships for Women

Washington Women in Need – typically open January-April

Vivian Winston Scholarship – scholarships for women

American Association of University Women – scholarships to empower women

Open Education Database – scholarships and grants for single moms

Open Education Database – scholarships for any women

Daughters of the American Revolution Scholarships – for female graduate and undergraduate students

Best Scholarships for Women (search tool)

Essayontime – a list of scholarships for female students

Edubirdie – a list of scholarships for female students, sorted by major

Cultural Scholarships

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | UNCF – scholarship database

Gates Milenium Scholars Program – for undergraduate students

Pride Foundation – identify as LGBTQ+ and live in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington

Native American Scholarship Fund – for American Indian undergraduate and graduate students

American Indian College Fund – for American Indian graduate and undergraduate students

American Indian Graduate Center – for American Indian and Alaskan Native graduate and undergraduate students

Indian Health Service – for American Indians and Alaskan Natives

American Indian Endowed Scholarship – for American Indian and Alaskan Native graduate and undergraduate students

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – for Hispanic undergraduate and community college students

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities – for Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students

Ciencia Scholars – for Hispanic students and their families

Scholarships for Veterans

Tona Law Scholarship – for student Veterans

Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd – for student Veterans and Veteran family members

Scholarship Search Engines


Eastern Washington

Spokane County Library District –

Spokane Public Library – Individual Grants (Downtown Branch)

Testing and Education Reference Center (Click Peterson’s Test And Career Prep then Scholarship Search. Valid library card number required.)

Executive Women’s International Spokane – Adult Students in Scholastic Transition (ASIST) scholarship (open to all genders)

Numerica Returning Student Scholarship, Community Commitment, and Loan Repayment – a variety of scholarships

Canopy Credit Union Scholarship (formerly Spokane Federal Credit Union)

Community Colleges of Spokane – Foundation | Brochure | Specially Funded Programs | Search

North Idaho College –

Eastern Washington University –

Gonzaga University – Scholarship Opportunities

Whitworth University –

Boise State University –

Great community learning spaces can help you gain an educational edge as well:

Spokane Public Library – much more available to you than books alone (connected learning)

Spark-Central – a wonderful community think-space with tech galore

Greater Minds – an initiative of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI)

Western Washington


Seattle Colleges – Foundation

Bellevue College – Foundation

Highline College – Foundation

Pierce College – Foundation

Shoreline Community College – Foundation

Renton Technical College – Foundation

Tacoma Community College – Foundation

Lake Washington Institute of Technology – Foundation

Everett Community College – Foundation

South Puget Sound Community College – Foundation

Lower Columbia College – Foundation

University of Washington – Foundation

Clover Park Technical College – Foundation

Bates Tech – Foundation

Green River College – Foundation


Shape the Future – ($1,000) – annual scholarship for any student attending college ($1,000) – college guide for students with disabilities – scholarships for students who are caregivers

Pacific Medical Training – any undergraduate/graduate college student currently in a healthcare degree may apply

Anthony Oneal Scholarships

Northwest Farm Credit Services Minority Scholarship

Washington State University – (scholarships with Coug logo are for WSU only, all others apply elsewhere)

Eastern Washington University – Area Health Education Center (scholarship page that applies widely and is organized for easy search)

Western Governors University – (must apply w/in 90 days of enrollment)

MedicalFieldCareers – anyone in a medical field

Healthcare Leadership Scholarship – for any student currently enrolled in a healthcare related program

JusticePays – for any student

WSECU Scholarship – community scholarship program

Innovia Foundation – a wide range of scholarships available to students

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Health Resources and Services Administration – (grants, scholarships, and loan repayment)


Healthcare Specific

Allied Health and General Healthcare

Allied Health Scholarship – Scholarships for Allied Healthcare Students

Allied Health Education – for students enrolled in medical assisting program

National Institute of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program – for undergraduate students interested in careers in research

LeanBean – on the topic of clean athletic performance

Tylenol – Tylenol Future Care Scholarship (graduate students in medical, nursing, or pharmacy w/ at least one year of schooling remaining – $5,000-$10,000) – 50 Top Scholarships for Medical & Health Students

Nursing (CNA, LPN, RN/ADN, BSN, MSN, ARNP, DNP, & more)

CNA Free Training – annual scholarship

Washington Center for Nursing –

Johnson and Johnson Nursing Scholarship Search – – “Awesome Nursing Scholarships and Grants

Nursing@Georgetown – up-to-date, trusted list of nursing scholarships

American Assembly for Men in Nursing – for male pre-RN students

American Association of Colleges and Nursing Scholarship Page – for nursing students of all levels

American Association of Critical Care Nurses – for nursing students

Aya Healthcare Future Travel Nurse Scholarship – for current nursing students – for nursing students of all types and levels – for nursing students of all levels

Discover Nursing Scholarship Search Engine – nursing scholarship search engine for all levels

Edubirdie – nursing information and scholarships – for disabled nursing students

Financial Aid Guide for Nurses – for nursing students

Foundation of National Student Nurses Association – for graduate-level nursing students – for freshman, sophomore, or junior nursing students

March of Dimes – for graduate-level nursing students

National Association of Hispanic Nurses – for Hispanic nursing students

National Black Nurses Association – for National Black Nurses Association Members

Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation – for nurse practitioner graduate students – for nursing students who are accepted or enrolled in a nursing program

Nurses Educational Funds – for bachelor-level nurses pursuing graduate study

Online Nursing MS Degrees –  for master-level nursing students

Patricia G. Archbold Predoctoral Scholar Award – for doctoral students and researchers with a focus in geriatric nursing

Purdue University Global – 25 Nursing Scholarships You Should Know About

RNCareers – for nursing

RNtoBSN – RN-BSN students ($1,000)

Washington Center for Nursing – licensing and career information specific to Washington State

Washington State Nurses Foundation – for nursing students of all levels

Medical Assistants – for future medical assistants

Find Medical Assistant Programs – scholarship for medical assistant student 18-40 years old ($500)

Imaging – for students looking for careers in sonography

Counseling/Social Work

Counseling Career Guides – explore counseling as a profession

Online Counseling Programs – variety of scholarships available to students interested in counseling as a career

Psychology Degrees – career guide

Online Social Work Degrees – guide and resources

Emergency Responders

Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez Annual Scholarship – for emergency responders and their families

Healthcare Management & Public Health

Healthcare Management Students – 25 scholarships for Healthcare Management Students

Public Health Scholarships – for public health degree students

Consider visiting companies and organization websites to see if they offer education assistance; if you are unable to find information on their site, it’s often worth contacting them.

Always use loans as a last resort, but if they are needed:

Federal and Washington State Grants and Loans Information about grants, loans, work study and tax credits for education Apply for federal financial aid Aid estimator and scholarship search Washington State Financial Aid Opportunities

Please note: some scholarships require that you complete your FAFSA; you don’t have to accept any loans.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid, is a part of the US Department of Education. It is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation. They provide grants, loans, and work-study funds for college or career schools.

Additional Resources

The Top 10 FAFSA Q&A  – iGrad

FAFSA Tutorial – Nerdwallet
Step-by-Step FAFSA tutorial

Other Funding Resources

Start Next Quarter (Washington’s Community Colleges)

Teresa DeLeon

Teresa DeLeon

Patient Access, Swedish Medical Center

“I encourage my co-workers to use the Training Fund because it gives us an opportunity to gain new skills. I’m grateful to SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and Swedish Medical Center for supporting employee advancement.”

Note: The websites listed are not SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund website, these links are intended only as additional sources of information. Links to these sites should not be construed as an endorsement, either implicit or explicit, of their content by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Multi-Employer Training Fund. Because of the dynamic nature of the internet, the links included here may change periodically as sites move or are taken down, and as new sites are created. If you find that one of the sites listed here has moved, please let us know so that we may change the link.