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Seattle Promise Scholarship: College for Every Seattle Student

Free Tuition is Just the Beginning
Seattle Promise brings college education within reach for every Seattle public high school student, no matter your grades or finances. Students accepted to the program can receive up to two years (or 90 credits) of free college tuition at North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, or South Seattle College, as well as personalized support to transition from high school and succeed in college.

All Seattle public high school students in the graduating class are eligible. Students will begin their studies at Seattle Colleges the next school year.

The Support You Need to Thrive in College

Focus on your studies without the financial burden of tuition. During your senior year of high school, we’ll help you complete college and financial aid applications, choose your first classes, and help you prepare for college success.

Seattle Promise Includes

  • Free Tuition: Two years (or up to 90 credits) of free tuition at the Seattle Colleges.
  • College Preparation: Support preparing for life on campus, assistance choosing and registering for classes, introductions to college instructors and more to help you get ready for college.
  • Year-Round Support: Regular check-ins with the Seattle Promise team to help you navigate your college experience from start to finish.
  • Long-Term Planning: Advising to help plan your next steps, including opportunities for gaining a summer internship and work experience.
  • Financial Support Beyond Tuition: Assistance with other school-related expenses such as books, child care, food, housing, and transportation.

Bradly Lewellen
Seattle Promise Outreach Specialist

Make an appointment with Bradly Lewellen

Seattle Promise Website

College Success Foundation at Cleveland High School

The College Success Foundation (CSF) provide students with the inspiration, mentoring and financial support they need to navigate their individual path to college completion. Our model provides a unique integrated system of supports and scholarships to help students graduate from high school, complete college and succeed in life.

CSF supports begin in sixth grade and continue through high school, college and after graduation. Through our model of success, we start building college and career awareness in middle school; in high school we advise and mentor to be sure they graduate college-ready and know how to navigate the financial aid and scholarship processes. In college, CSF mentor students in their early years to help them become familiar with campus resources.

My role as a College Prep Adviser at Cleveland High School is to recruit juniors for the Achievers Program in the fall, while simultaneously working with Achiever seniors with the college application process. Once juniors are selected to be in the Achievers program, I work with them from their junior year to high school graduation.

My primary role is to provide college planning support and information, offer guidance to help them identify the financial supports necessary to fund a college education, and connect students with resources and information to support high school graduation to Achiever juniors and seniors.

Jose (Luis) Pena
College Preparatory Advisor, College Success Foundation
College Success Foundation website
Room Number: 1339

UW Upward Bound at Cleveland High School

Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that assists students in their pursuit of a high school diploma and prepares them to enter and complete a post-secondary education program. UW Upward Bound serves qualified students at Cleveland High School who are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and/or will be the first in their family to complete a four-year college degree.

Upward Bound is a year-round program structured in two components. Support provided during the academic year includes tutoring, advising, writing instruction, SAT and ACT test preparation and career exploration opportunities. Each summer, Upward Bound students spend six weeks on the UW campus to experience the academic and social atmosphere of a major university. Students receive instruction in UW classrooms and enroll in language arts, math, foreign language, science and elective classes.

The application will be available to eligible 9th and 10th grade students online in mid-December. Visit UW Upward Bound’s website for more information.

UW STEMsub at Cleveland High School

The mission of UW STEMsub (Math Science Upward Bound) is to help low income and potential first-generation college students succeed in high school, get accepted to college, and graduate with a STEM degree. UW STEMsub provides a variety of academic support and opportunities (free daily tutoring, college advising, college application support, workshops, and a Summer Academy) for students to succeed in high school, be prepared for college, and to enrich their experiences in STEM.

Students currently in 10th and 11th grades can now apply online to the UW STEMsub program. For more information and to apply to the UW STEMsub Program.

UW Math Science Upward Bound

10th and 11th Graders! Do you want to graduate from college with a STEM degree? Do you want help getting into and paying for college?

You’re in luck! UW Math Science Upward Bound is still accepting applications. Apply Today!!!

Apply to UW Math Science Upward Bound

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Community for Youth

Community for Youth (CfY) inspires and supports students to be their best selves through mentoring, learning experiences, and a powerful community. Through activities and conversations that are youth-centric and youth-led, students explore issues that impact them. Caring adults act as trusted advocates and opportunity brokers so youth can set and achieve their goals, explore career options and improve their community through service learning.

In addition to one-on-one sessions, our students and mentors meet monthly in small Family Groups of seven to eight pairs, as well as in Learning Communities of 40 pairs, for directed workshops that help our students build confidence, determination, and self-awareness. We provide mentors with a support system, too, with monthly mentor-only meetings and workshops that give them the tools to succeed as mentors.

Applications are typically due in October.

Check out how to get involved and apply to Community for Youth

OneWorld Now!

OneWorld Now! envisions a world where all young people have access to transformative international education. Their mission is to develop the next generation of global leaders. They do so by offering classes for students to study a world language such as Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, or Russian.

They also offer workshops where students can develop their leadership skills by developing their personal, societal, cultural, and global awareness as well as gaining skills to enact positive and social change. This would be a great opportunity for students who can’t fit language classes into their schedule, who need elective credit, or have interest in languages not commonly taught in SPS.

They have an after-school program, Summer language program, and study abroad program. Visit the One World Now website for more information.

Seattle Youth Employment Program

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) supports young people (ages 16 to 24) from qualifying-income households and communities that experience racial, social, and economic disparities. The goal is to increase youth and young adults’ ability to pursue careers that pay well and are meaningful to them.

SYEP has three components: a stipend-based school year exploration and learning experience, summer internships with local nonprofits and Seattle city departments, and private internship opportunities for Seattle Promise students.

SYEP now offers three different opportunities for youth and young adults: 

  • School-Year Program (three quarters: fall, winter, and spring): Participants identify professional interests, gain marketable skills, are exposed to various career fields, and build their social network. Students receive stipends based on their quarterly participation.
  • Summer Internship: Young people are placed in structured, paid work settings within city departments and local nonprofit agencies to apply their knowledge, gain hands-on experience, develop professional connections, and build their resume.
  • Opportunity Promise: Qualifying Seattle Promise students are placed and supervised in paid internships with some of the region’s top private employers (eg. Amazon, Expedia, Alaska Airlines) for intense career exploration and preparation prior to college degree program completion.