The Next Step Scholarship recognizes and rewards exceptional scholarly achievement at the community college level. The fund was specifically created to motivate top students at seven South Puget Sound community colleges to enroll at UW Tacoma. In bringing top community college scholars to UW Tacoma each year, the endowment hopes to achieve the following objectives: Improve the quality of the South Puget Sound regional workforce
Strengthen the bonds between UW Tacoma and its primary transfer institutions
Improve the classroom experience for all UW Tacoma students
The scholarship is primarily intended to help students pursue their degrees as full-time students. Part-time students may use their scholarship award over at most a three-year period.
Seven scholarships are awarded, one for each community college shown below:
Green River College
Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
Pierce College Puyallup
South Puget Sound Community College
Tacoma Community College
Recent graduates from these institutions may also be eligible; however, they must have completed their coursework no earlier than September 1 of the previous year. Recent graduates who are already attending other four-year institutions are not eligible for the award. One student from each institution will be offered a Next Step Scholarship each year.
Students must be permanent Washington residents; international students are not eligible for this scholarship.
There is a strong expectation that the student will have completed the necessary credits and other requirements to be admitted to UW Tacoma for the autumn quarter. Should a prospective student accept the scholarship and then not qualify for transfer or enrollment, the award will be withdrawn and may go unfilled that year. The student should also currently post a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of no less than 3.5 (rare exceptions may be made for students who can show exceptional improvement over their last 45 credits).
Preference is given to students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree that have graduated from high school and subsequently enrolled in community college.
Each school determines its internal deadline dates for applications. Please contact your community college or visit your school's website for deadline dates.
Key Deadlines for Community Colleges:
March 15th - Admissions Application Priority Deadline
April 9th - Next Step Scholarship Application Deadline (materials sent to UW Tacoma)
May 15th - Notification to Next Step Scholarship Recipients
Open to: Students transferring from selected community colleges only
Award: Determined yearly based on available resources