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Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund was founded in 1949 and is available to graduating high school seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in the Washington State. This non-profit organization aims to help students achieve their educational goals by providing financial assistance to help pay for their post-secondary education.

This scholarship fund was named after Mrs. Nellie Martin Carman, who was a successful and highly admired businesswoman in Seattle. Mrs. Carman possessed a keen intellect, strong social conscience, and a deep devotion to her country. She showed her devotion to Washington State by requiring the scholars to attend schools within Washington.

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Award Information:

Amount: $500 to $2,000
Number of Scholarship Awards: Approximately 30-40 awards are given each year
Deadline: March 1
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Major: A Carman Scholarship is tenable only for a course of study having, as its major subject, courses other than music, sculpture, painting, drawing, interior decorating, and domestic science
Eligible Students: Public high school graduates in King, Snohomish, or Pierce County
Additional Requirements:

– Applicants must be a United States citizen
– Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the State of Washington
– Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students for the entire duration of the scholarship

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Method of Selection:

Each public high school in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties may nominate only one candidate from their senior class. If their senior class exceeds 400 students, then they may nominate two candidates. The scholarship application blanks are sent by the scholarship committee to the participating high schools in January of each year.

Application Process:

1. If you are nominated by your school as the candidate for this scholarship, get the application form from your school’s scholarship counselor.
2. Complete your application by providing the following:
a. Completed pages 1-6 of the application
b. (1) Recommendation letter
c. A small, recent photo of you
d. Completed essay on the topic provided
e. A copy of your FAFSA form (Free application for Federal Student Aid) and Student Aid Report (SAR), or a copy of your parent or guardians’ IRS Income Tax Return 1040 forms.
f. Official academic transcript
3. Mail your completed application packet to:

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 60052
Shoreline, WA 98160-0052
Selection Criteria

The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Committee will choose its recipients based on the following criteria:

• Financial need
• Academic performance
• College test scores (SAT/ACT test scores)
• School and community activities

Scholarship Renewal:

Award recipients may renew their scholarship for up to four (4) years provided that:

• They are able to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent
• Maintain a high standard of conduct and still require financial aid
• Merit a renewal of his/her scholarship (in the option of the Committee)
Note: Renewal of the scholarship award may be done online via

Award Disbursement:

Each summer, a banquet is held for the Carman Scholars. The scholarships will be awarded at the banquet. The banquet gives the scholars who are attending various schools an opportunity to get to know each other and the members of the Committee.

Contact Information:

The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship
P.O. Box 60052
Shoreline, WA 98160-0052
Phone: (206) 542-9357
Email: [email protected]

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