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Scholarship for Women

Program Mission

The Seafair Foundation Scholarship Program for Women is an excellent experience for young women seeking academic scholarships and opportunities for networking and leadership, personal, and professional development. This program strives to empower young women in reaching their academic, personal, and professional goals through a series of educational events and programs. With a mission to promote philanthropy, diversity and community engagement, participants will have the option to represent Seafair while visiting a variety of community events and parades.

Scholarships are awarded in categories including: Academics, Community Service, Public Speaking, Interview, Essay, People’s Choice, and Participant Choices. Miss Seafair is awarded to the outstanding participant whose field of study is education, social studies, or the arts, and will receive additional scholarship dollars.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to interact with a wide variety of business, civic, philanthropic, and public leaders in the Greater Seattle region. They will serve as informed stewards for Seafair events, building confidence and leadership and networking skills while sharing individual festival experiences and discussing their community service platforms at community events as well as through media interviews.

Our goals is that all participants will leave the program as community advocates with leadership skills, professional contacts, and a lifetime of memories!

Program History

The Seafair Scholarship Program for Women is one of Seattle’s time-honored traditions. Dating back to 1950, it was originally designed as a pageant to select articulate young women as Seafair representatives to greet visiting dignitaries and share the Seafair message. Sixty-five years later, the program has evolved into a scholarship program which rewards academic achievements, celebrates diversity, and prepares future leaders.

Since 1950, this program has awarded more than $450,000 in scholarships and accepted and recognized more than 1,400 participants.

Former participants have gone into various professions such as:

  • Law
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Education
  • Motivational Speaking
  • Government Relations
  • Medicine
  • The Arts

Participant Guidelines

  • Must be between the ages of 18 and 23 before July 29, 2018.
  • A United States citizen, permanent resident or on a definitive path to citizenship.
  • Able to show proof of enrollment at a post secondary school, college, university, or vocational institution for the Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 quarter/semester(s).
  • Payment of the $225 application fee


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2018 Scholarship Program

Seafair Scholarship Program for Women: Empowering the lives of young leaders in Greater Seattle through education, philanthropy, mentorship and community involvement

The Seafair Scholarship Program for Women is one of Seattle’s oldest traditions. It is designed to give young women the opportunity to celebrate the rich diversity of the Puget Sound region with the goal of enriching their lives through education, philanthropy, mentorship and community involvement. The winner of the Scholarship Program serves as a representative for the Seafair Festival throughout her year of service.

As part of the program experience, participants will experience a networking event, mentor leadership workshop, public speaking event and personal interviews. These activities are designed to provide the opportunity for participants to gain professional experience and exposure to the business world.

The Seafair Scholarship Program for Women concludes with the awarding of the academic scholarships and the announcement of the 2018 - 2019 Miss Seafair. Mandatory activities will continue for the newly named Miss Seafair. Scholarships will be available.

2018 Guidelines for Participation

  • Must be a female between the ages of 18 and 23 prior to and no later than August, 5, 2018.
  • Able to show proof of enrollment at a post secondary school, college, university or vocational institution for the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 quarter/semester(s).
  • Submission of required documents by April 27, 2018.
  • Any status not specifically addressed in these guidelines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Notification regarding acceptance into the program will be made by May 4, 2018

Required Applicant Contact Information

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Postal Code
Phone Number
Cell Phone Number
Birthdate (mm/dd/yy)

Required Parent/Guardian Contact Information

Name of Parent/Guardian
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Postal Code
Phone Number

Supporting Association (if applicable)

Association Contact
Contact Phone
Contact Email

Academic Information

Name of High School
City, State
Graduation Year
List all colleges you have attended or are currently attending:
List name & enrollment years
What is your current year in school?
Ex: Freshman in College
If not in school this past year, please explain
Name of school you are or will be enrolled in for Fall 2018 - Spring 2019

Currently Enrolled in College or Post Secondary School:

  • If you are currently in college or post secondary school, please provide us with your college or post secondary academic records.
  • If you are currently in college and/or have attended more than one college or post secondary school, please provide us with all transcripts from colleges attended.
Please list your major(s) and minor(s)
List any courses related to your major

Graduating High School Seniors and Participants who have not attended a Post Secondary School/College/University/Vocational Institution:

  • If you graduate from high school in 2018, please provide us with the additional information indicated below and an official transcript from your high school. If you have not received a copy of your final transcript, please provide an unofficial transcript and a final copy of your report card.
  • If you graduate from high school prior to 2018, but have not yet attended a post secondary school/college/university/vocational institution, please provide us with the additional information indicated below. Also, please provide us with an official transcript from your high school.

Running Start:

Did you receive Running Start credit (or anther form) for classes taken while in High School?

If yes, please answer below.
If no, please skip the next three questions.
How many college credits did you receive?
Name of school attend where credit was received
Name of course(s) taken

Advanced Placement or Honor Courses

Were you enrolled in AP, honors, and/or IB courses while you were in high school?

If yes, please list name(s) of courses and grade(s) received
Were you involved in advanced level courses (ex: chemistry, physics, calculus, level 3+ languages)

If yes, please list name(s) of courses and grade(s) received
Cumulative GPA weighted (if applicable)
On 4.0 scale
Cumulative GPA non-weighted
On 4.0 scale
Brief essay on the importance of academics to your future
Please email essay if it exceeds 3000 characters

Community Service Project Presentation & Public Speaking

The Community Service Presentation gives each participant the opportunity to explain her community service project/interest to the judges and audience during their individual presentation. Your community service presentation topic cannot be changed after the submission of your application. The theme for the evening will be “Caring for our Communities.”

Name of Volunteer Agency, Group, or Project/Interest
Length of Involvement with Project/Interest
Name & Phone of Contact at Project/Interest
Brief essay describing your project, role, impact you have made, & how it has impacted you
Please email essay if it exceeds 3000 characters

Required Event Dates

Dates/locations are tentative and subject to change. Note: participants must attend all required events. Accommodations will be made for prior commitments.

May 9: Meet & Greet Dinner; TBD, Seattle (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

May 22: Orientation Material Meeting & Headshots, Private Residence, (5:30-8:00 pm)

June 12: Networking Event; Washington Athletic Club (WAC), (5:30 – 8:00 pm) - Judged Event

June 28: Mentor/Leadership Meeting, Swedish Education & Conference Center (5:30-8:00 pm) - Judged Event

June 30: Seafair Royalty Luncheon, Holland America Cruise Ship Terminal, Seattle (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

July 10: Community Service & Public Speaking Night, Museum of Flight, Seattle (5:00 – 9:00 pm) –Judged Event

July 14: Seafair Milk Carton Derby, Green Lake Park, (10:00 am. – 3:00 pm)

July 16-17: Personal Interviews, Seafair Office, Seattle (individual schedule between 5:00 – 9:00 pm) - Judged Event

July 18: Seafair Commodores Scholarship Banquet, Salty’s on Alki (5:30 – 9:30 pm)

July 28: Awarding of Scholarships and Announcement of Miss Seafair and Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade, Seattle Center, 2:30 – 11:00 pm

Rehearsal 2:30; On-Stage Appearance 3:30; VIP Reception 5:30, Parade start 7:00 pm

Additional required events for the appointed 2018 Miss Seafair and Runners-up

July 30: Blue Angels Arrival

July 31: Fleet Week Eagles and Anchors Reception

August 1: Fleet Week Mayor’s Reception

August 2: Seafair Foundation Breakfast and the Blues

August 2: Boeing Seafair Air Show Reception

August 3: Seafair Gala

August 3: Fleet Week US Coast Guard Reception

August 4: Fleet Week THIRD Fleet Reception

August 5: Seafair Weekend Festival Finale

By April 27, please also submit:

  1. Resume & Cover Letter addressing the following areas:
    • Education/Work Experience
    • Career Ambition
    • Other Facts, Accomplishments, Community Service Projects, etc. (for each listed, please indicate your time commitment)
    • The cover letter should be addressed to the Seafair Foundation. You will be required to bring copies of the above documents with you tot he Mentor/Leadership Meeting.
  2. Reference Letter(s):
    • Please attach at least one (1) reference letter from someone who knows you well and is not a relative; additional reference letters are welcomed. Suggested references include teachers/professors, supervisors, volunteer or community organization collaborators
  3. Official Transcripts (Due June 28)
  4. Signed Release Form (PDF found here)
These items may be sent via email to or via mail to:
Seafair Scholarship Program for Women
2200 Sixth Ave, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98121
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