MESA Scholarships

Tacoma MESA and Washington MESA have multiple Scholarship Opportunities for students who have been involved with MESA for 2 years or more. Please take some time and read about the different scholarships we offer, then click below to apply for the ones that you are eligible for.

Tacoma MESA Scholarships - DUE April 14th, 2017

To apply for any or all of the scholarships available through Tacoma MESA, please click the link below and fill out the form. Also complete the list of additional requirements and submit them via email to June Ellis at ellisjr@plu.edu.

Applications and Additionally Required items are all due April 14th, 2017.
Additional Requirements:
  • High School Transcript (may be Unofficial)
  • Resume
  • Two Recommendation Forms, one from a community member, and one from a MESA Teacher or Staff Member
  • Essay
    • double-spaced, 1-2 pages in length
    • Topic: How has your involvement with MESA influenced/impacted your decision to pursue a career in STEM?

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Scholarship

To be considered eligible, MESA students must:

  • Plan to major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Be African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander or Female

Brenda Johnson Leadership Scholarship

Brenda Johnson served as Tacoma/South Puget Sound MESA Director for 24 years. In her role as Director, she developed and implemented many programs and events, such as MESA Day, Career Day and Mentor/Tutoring that assisted students in becoming academically competent in STEM.

To be considered eligible, MESA students must:

  • Plan to major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Be African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander or Female

Columbia Bank Scholarship

To be considered eligible, MESA students must:

  • Plan to major in Math, Computers or Business
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or above upon graduation

Rieke Leadership Scholarship

The Rieke Leadership was established in 1988 by President William O. Rieke. Recipients of the award need to have demonstrated leadership in their school or community. (Recipient is expected to participate actively in both curricular and co-curricular activities in a multi-ethnic context at Pacific Lutheran University)

To be considered eligible, MESA students must:

  • Plan to attend Pacific Lutheran University in the Fall
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or above upon graduation

Washington MESA Scholarships - DUE April 1st, 2017

Boeing SENSE Scholarship

$2,000 – 12th Grade Washington State Students

The Boeing SENSE for leadership in Mathematics, Engineering or Science provides financial awards to outstanding MESA student leaders enrolling as full-time students in math, engineering or science fields.

To be considered eligible, MESA students must:

  • Be a current Washington MESA student
  • Be in the 12th grade
  • Take Math, Science and English all 4 years
  • Plan to take the SAT your senior year
  • Apply to a 4 year university (if applying to a 2 year community college, must plan to transfer to a 4 year university)
  • Plan to major in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM)
  • Remain within a MESA School District and remain active in MESA during both junior and senior years of high school

Patricia MacGowan (PMAC) Scholarship

$2,000 – 10th Grade students (15 awards)

The Patricia MacGowan Award for Leadership in Mathematics, Engineering or Science provides financial awards to outstanding MESA student leaders enrolling as full-time students in math, engineering or science fields.

To be considered eligible, MESA students must:

  • Be a 10th grade student
  • Plan to take the SAT during your junior or senior year
  • Apply to at least 2 community colleges or 4-year universities
  • Remain active in MESA during both junior and senior years of high school
  • Enroll in Math, Science and English all 4 years

Weyerhaeuser Scholarship

$2,500 – 12th Grade Washington State Students that will enroll at the University of Washington – Seattle Campus

The purpose of this endowment is to provide assistance to undergraduate students who have participated in the MESA program. The scholarship shall be awarded to entering freshmen or transfer students to the University of Washington and may be renewable for up to three additional years of undergraduate study. Failure of the student to remain in good academic standing or to make satisfactory progress toward a degree may result in withdrawal of the scholarship.

To be considered eligible, MESA students must:

  • Be a current Washington MESA student
  • Be a high school senior who will be enrolled at the University of Washington as a full-time college student during the 2017-18 academic year in math, science or engineering studies
  • Take Math, Science and English all 4 years