A range of scholarships are available from the department, the UW Financial Aid Office, and from professional societies. By applying to all three sources, a student can substantially increase his or her chances of securing financial aid.

Departmental Scholarships

University of Washington Financial Aid

Scholarships offered by professional societies

Departmental Scholarships


Academic Achievement & Reed-Caldwell Scholarships

At least one merit-based scholarship is awarded each year to an Atmospheric Sciences major. These scholarships pay 1/3 of the student's tuition in each of Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. If the recipients remain registered as Atmospheric Science majors and make satisfactory progress toward their Atmospheric Sciences degrees, their scholarships will be renewed annually, up to a maximum of four years.

Both incoming freshman, transfers, and students already in the program are eligible to apply. Every year we award at least one scholarship that will cover 1/3 of In-State tuition for a maximum of four years. Due to limited funds, awards to out-of-state students, covering 1/3 of Out-of-State tuition for a maximum of four years, are available roughly every other year. Out-of-state students are still welcome to apply for support at the in-state level in years when out-of-state awards cannot be funded.

2017 Reed-Caldwell Scholarship

Application deadline is May 1

Application link is here.

Submit unofficial transcripts here if you have a UWNetID. If you do not have a UWNetID please email unofficial transcripts as a PDF to the Academic Advisor.

These departmental scholarships are supported by the Richard and Joan Reed Endowed Scholarship Fund, the Mindlin Foundation, and the Bruce Caldwell Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Prof. Richard J. and Mrs. Joan M. Reed

Weather Research Scholarship

This $2,000 tuition-only scholarship is provided each year to a promising undergraduate major in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington.

This departmental scholarship is supported by the Cliff Mass Weather Research Fund, which is in turn supported by public contributions.


Applicants must be a major in Atmospheric Sciences at the UW and currently in their freshman, sophomore or junior year.



  • Complete the application form when it opens. You will need a UW Net ID to access the application.
  • Submit copies of your UW and other post-secondary transcripts (if you are a transfer student). Unofficial transcripts are acceptable provided they are generated by the granting institution.

Scholarships will be awarded for disbursement beginning in Autumn. Announcement of the awards will be made in April. If you have questions about your application or about your eligibility for this award, please contact the academic advisor.

University of Washington Financial Aid

Each year the University of Washington awards over $20 million in financial aid to a significant fraction of the student body. Both need-based, merit-based scholarships and combinations thereof are available. For more information, please visit the Student Financial Aid website.


Scholarships offered by professional societies

A number of professional societies provide a range of scholarship opportunities, many of which are underutilized by current and incoming students--so take this seriously!

The American Meteorological Society awards many undergraduate scholarships though the support of its members, corporations, and government agencies nationwide. Links to more detailed information are available here.

The National Weather Association awards scholarships to students majoring in meteorology or a related field. Details are available here.

Other scholarship resources:

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