Washington State Students - NEW Scholarship Opportunity

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October 10, 2023
Alexa Gaske, Assistant Director of Admission
Are you from Washington State? Are you a leader in your community? Do you have financial need for college? Are you interested in Gonzaga? If you answered yes to all of these, you may be eligible to apply for the Unity Scholars Program.

Gonzaga University’s new Unity Scholars Program affirms our commitment to an inclusive community that “educates students for lives of leadership and service for the common good” (Gonzaga University Mission Statement). The Unity Scholars program is cohort model that provides many benefits throughout a student’s journey through their undergraduate career at Gonzaga.


  • Grant and scholarship aid for four years to cover the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and meal plan charges at Gonzaga University
  • Enrollment in BRIDGE Pre-Orientation Social Justice & Leadership Institute
  • Peer, staff, and faculty mentorship
  • Four-year leadership cohort supported by UMEC and other campus partners
  • Enrollment in Communication Studies 100: Intergroup Dialogue
  • Customized support in searching for a paid internship/job/research opportunity on campus
  • Opportunities for funding to study abroad
  • Tailored post-graduation career preparation and advising

Eligibility for the Unity Scholars program include:

  • Be a Washington state resident*
  • Apply for admission to Gonzaga University as first-year applicant by December 1, 2023 and meet Gonzaga University admission requirements.
  • Submit the Unity Scholars Application by January 1, 2024
  • Submit FAFSA / WASFA* (December, when available)
  • Have demonstrated financial need. Priority is given to students who family income is below 70% of Washington's median (e.g. $80,000 for a family of four).
  • Have demonstrated resilience in the face of barriers or obstacles to pursuing an education.
  • Have a genuine commitment to, or a demonstrated record of, social justice activism.
  • Have demonstrated involvement in cultural awareness groups, clubs, or activities.
  • Have engaged in leadership within their school, community, and/or family.

*Undocumented Washington residents are eligible to apply for Unity Scholars. Applicant must submit a WASFA.


STEP 1: Apply To Gonzaga by December 1

STEP 2: Submit your Unity Scholarship application by January 1

NOTE: Unity Scholars application is due before you receive your admission decision.

STEP 3: Finalist notified for virtual interviews in late-January

STEP 4: Recipient notifications will be communicated by March 1.


Questions? Contact the Office of Admission at admissions@gonzaga.edu.


For more information and to apply, please visit our Unity Scholars webpage.