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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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