Saint Martin's is dedicated to helping you fund your education. On average, each year we award over $20 million dollars in scholarships — ranging from $100 to full tuition*.

Use our search feature to find institutional and private scholarships and awards (based on your student status or program).

Institutional scholarships (internal)
Students are not required to submit a separate scholarship application to be considered for most scholarships available through Saint Martin’s University, except where noted. Students who wish to receive need-based financial aid must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). The financial aid priority application deadline is January 1.

Private scholarships (external)
We encourage students to complete as many outside scholarship applications as possible! We provide a list of current, private scholarships† with separate application processes, updated as we are made aware of them. This select list of scholarships is available through our search feature. Scholarship search engines are an excellent resource for students looking for outside funding. Students can find scholarship search engine hyperlinks available under Private scholarship search engines (external).
*“Scholarship amounts are for new entering students only and are subject to change based on availability of funds and student eligibility.
Saint Martin's does not endorse any private scholarship and is not responsible for the content on any of their websites.

Scholarships & Awards

WaCLA High School Essay Contest

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) is an association of Washington state public and private higher education institutions, organizations and individuals promoting the value of a liberal arts education to the people and communities of the state.

All Washington State high school seniors enrolled during the 2016-17 academic year are eligible to enter.

The First Prize winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship to a Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) school, the Second Prize winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship to a WaCLA institution, and the Third Prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to a WaCLA school. Winners must be admitted to and matriculate in a WaCLA institution to receive their scholarship.

In addition to the scholarships awarded directly by WaCLA, High School Essay Contest winners who choose to attend Saint Martin’s University will have their essay contest scholarships matched by their new school, increasing the total scholarship awards to $6,000, $4,000, and $1,000 for first, second, and third prize respectively.

The student essays should respond, in no more than 500 words, to the following prompt:

A liberal arts education is characterized, in part, by the idea that understanding many different ways of knowing can help students become effective and responsible members of their communities. Choose a current controversial issue in your community and explain how you think a liberal arts education would shape your understanding of that issue from different perspectives.

The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm PST.

Contest winners will be announced in mid-March.

Submission Guidelines:

Essays must be submitted via: Essays must be received at this site by Friday, January 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm PST. No late entries will be accepted. Essays cannot be more than 500 words. Your submission must be double-spaced and entered as either a .pdf or Word document. As part of the online submission of your essay, you will need to complete a waiver and provide some basic demographic information.

Washington State Governor's Scholarship for Foster Youth

Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2017, at 7 PM PST.

The Washington State Governor’s Scholarship for Foster Youth is a program that helps young men and women from foster care continue their education and earn a college degree.


  • Be enrolled as a Washington state high school senior and on track to graduate from high school during the 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0 or greater.
  • Plan to enroll in college on a full-time basis, beginning the fall term of 2017, and complete a program of study at an eligible, nonprofit accredited public or independent college or university in the state of Washington.
  • Have resided in Washington State for at least three academic years prior to high school graduation.
  • Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)
  • If under 18, students must currently have an open dependency court order that resulted from intervention by Washington State on their behalf and they have been placed in any of the following living situations:
    • Foster Care
    • Family Foster Care, with non-relative adults
    • Kinship Care, with relatives
    • Residential/Group Care
    • Dependency Guardianship (with either relatives or non-relatives)
    • Guardianship (with either relatives or non-relatives)
  • If over 18, students must have lived in a court-ordered foster care, dependency guardianship or guardianship until emancipation, (age 18).


  • The applicant is currently, or was until age 18, in federally recognized care. The applicant has been classified by the United States government as an unaccompanied minor refugee, is a legal permanent resident and is in legal care, (or was in care until emancipation) of a private non-profit agency in Washington state.


  • The applicant is currently, or was until age 18, under a dependency tribal court order that placed the student outside the home.

Applicants are not eligible if they:

  • Have been adopted.
  • Returned to live with their parents before turning 18 (regardless of whether the court continued to remain involved).
  • Have had their dependency court order dismissed.
  • Were not dependent to federal, state or tribal court prior age 18.

Awards: $2,000 to $4,000

Washington State Need Grant (WSNG)

State Grant

Eligible students

  • Have a family income of equal to or less than 70 percent of the state median.
  • Be a Washington resident (dependent students' residency is based on parents' resident status).
  • Be pursuing a certificate or bachelor's degree.
  • Not be pursuing a degree in theology.

Brief description

The Washington State Need Grant is a state grant program for Washington residents with exceptional financial need. Award amounts vary each year based on available funds. The grant is awarded to assist in meeting educational costs. If you withdraw from all of your classes, repayment of all or a part of the grant may be required. Students will need to sign a directive for disbursement to indicate if they would like the funds directly or to have the funds applied to their educational expenses.

Deadline for application

Priority deadline: January 1
Deadline: June 30
Grant is awarded in conjunction with FAFSA award.

Who to contact for additional information

FAFSA help