The SWIA Scholarship Fund helps undocumented (HB1079) students with their tuition and necessities such as books, supplies, and bus passes.
Story behind SWIA Scholarship Fund:
In 2003 then-Governor Gary Locke signed into law House Bill 1079 (HB1079), allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges in Washington. Unfortunately, given ever-rising tuition and lack of access to federal financial aid, college education remains out of reach for many undocumented students.
Partnership with Seattle Education Access:
To make sure that we can continue to provide as much aid as possible to students like the above, we have chosen to partner with Seattle Education Access (SEA) to create a named scholarship- the SWIA Scholarship Fund. SEA works with low-income, often homeless individuals (under age 30) in King County access higher education and supports each student along their chosen path. The SWIA Scholarship Fund helps undocumented students beyond tuition, also covering necessities such as books, supplies, and bus passes.
Past recipients of SWIA Scholarship:
In 2012, 3 students received SWIA scholarships: One is at Highline CC studying to complete her AS in Biology to transfer to the UW as a pre-med student; another is at Bellevue College to complete an AA in Psychology to transfer into the BA program; and the third is at Highline CC getting her AAS to become a Paralegal and hopes to transfer into a Bachelors program upon completion.
In 2013, two students received the funds: One is studying Biology at Highline CC and is in the process of applying to transfer to the UW or Seattle U. Another student is also studying at Highline, and working on completing her AA transfer degree. Both students are in good standing and progressing towards their goals.
You can click to this DONATION PAGE to support our scholarship fund!
For more information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support!
Members of the Social Work Immigration Alliance