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The Graduate School

G-1 Communications Building
Box 353770
Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

Phone: 206.543.5900
Fax: 206.685.3234

University of Washington Posse Fellowship

Since 1989, The Posse Foundation has identified, recruited and trained 3,148 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become Posse Scholars. These students—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—receive four-year, full tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner institutions of higher education. Most important, Posse Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers. The Posse Foundation is one of only 10 organizations selected by President Barack Obama to receive a portion of the president’s $1.4 million Nobel Peace Prize award money.

The University of Washington Graduate School is proud to announce the UW Posse Fellowship—the first institutional partner at the graduate level. These two-year Fellowships have been made possible through Graduate School and Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) funding that will be matched by departmental funding. The fellowship is open to all Posse students and alumni pursuing masters level graduate study in the areas of information science, public affairs, education and social work. In addition to full tuition, the award also includes a monthly stipend and health benefits for two academic years. Five UW Posse Fellowships are available through 2013.

Information School

Information is everywhere! Ever wonder how an iPhone or a GPS works? Whether you work or aspire to work in a non-profit organization, government agency, education, or business, or are just relaxing – everyone needs and uses information. Ranked fourth in the nation, the University of Washington Information School (iSchool) not only influences the intersection of information and technology, but our research, teaching, service and leadership shapes contemporary society’s future.

Students from historically underrepresented groups play a definitive role in the advancement of an innovative and inclusive graduate community and educational experience. At the UW iSchool, students from diverse backgrounds and with varied academic interests have opportunity to engage in today’s most pressing technological and social issues and work closely with world-class scholars and fellow students to explore excellence and equity in technology and information. At the iSchool, you will learn to:

  • connect people with the right information at the right time using the right technology
  • use information to help people achieve their potential
  • harness the capacity of information as an agent for positive change

Please note that the Residential Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) is the only UW Posse Award eligible program at the iSchool. For more information go to: or contact: Cynthia del Rosario at or (206) 543-9779 or 888-241-9610 (toll free)

College of Education

Make an excellent and equitable education a daily reality for every student! At the University of Washington College of Education, ranked 7th in the nation, you will encounter a rigorous academic environment energized by our innovative programs, world-class research centers, and strong community partnerships, with numerous study options among five areas/programs of study:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Educational Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Education Program: Masters in Teaching & Teacher Certification combined

With a focus on diversity and social justice, the UW College of Education Office of Minority Recruitment and Retention is committed to equity and access for all students by:

  • Increasing the enrollment of students from historically underrepresented minority groups
  • Increasing the retention and graduation rates of students from historically underrepresented minority groups
  • Fostering an excellent and equitable educational and social learning environment that provides a welcoming and supportive climate for all College of Education students, faculty, and staff
  • Engaging, building, and maintaining the College of Education in meaningful relationships across the UW campuses and in our local, regional, and national communities

For more information go to: or contact: Cynthia del Rosario at or (206) 543-9779 or 888-241-9610 (toll free)

Evans School of Public Affairs

The Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington is the pre-eminent graduate school of public policy and management in the Northwest, and ranks nationally in the top tier of graduate schools in its field. The school is committed to improving the quality of public and nonprofit service by striving to educate leaders to meet the community challenges with compassion, vision, analytic rigor and practicality. The Evans School's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program emphasizes broad-based fundamentals in policy analysis and management, while allowing you to pursue a field of specialization through an area of focus.

  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Leadership, Management, and Decision-Making
  • Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy
  • Environment and Natural Resource Management
  • International Development
  • Metropolitan and Regional Policy
  • Social Policy: Poverty, Education, and Social Welfare
  • Science and Technology Policy
  • Public and Financial Management (tentative)

The MPA is a professional degree which will prepare you for a career in public service. Many of our graduates go on to work for governments (city,state, federal), nonprofit organizations, and privant consulting firms.

For more information go to: or contact:  Jesse Knappenberger at or (206) 685-0937.

School of Social Work

Social justice, diversity, empowerment, public engagement, social change – these are just some of the values that drive our mission in the School of Social Work. We have a rich and rigorous curriculum, an engaged and accomplished faculty, highly motivated students, a wealth of research projects, a wide choice of practicum opportunities and a practice of providing thousands of hours of service to the community. We place a high value on diversity and this is reflected in our multicultural faculty, staff and student body. The School of Social Work is among the top ranked programs nationally.

Full-time MSW students have the choice of advanced concentrations in: Administration and Policy, Children and Families and Multigenerational, Community-Centered Integrative Practice, or Health and Mental Health. Our students enjoy the opportunity to expand their educational opportunities by taking classes from across campus, thereby sampling all that this world class institution has to offer including concurrent degree programs. Extended Degree Program option students can focus in one of two newly developed curricular offerings that combine Children, Youth and Family/Multigenerational practice foci or Health/Mental Health practice foci. For more information go to: or contact Juanita Ricks at: or (206) 543-5676.

TO APPLY for the UW Posse Fellowship

UW Posse Fellowships will be awarded as part of the regular admissions and scholarship/financial aid processes in respective departments. It is essential that those who wish to be considered for a UW Posse Fellowship self-identify as a Posse student or alum.

NOTE: To be considered for admission, applicants must submit applications to the University of Washington Graduate School and to their respective departments. Please go online or contact departments for deadlines or for more information.


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Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP)

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