Providing Opportunity

Education is the best defense against poverty.

The American dream, while alive and well for some, can be just as elusive for others. The road to a college education can be a hard, up-hill climb, especially if you are a non-traditional student pursuing your degree in your 20s, 30s, or 40s.

We provide scholarships to adults facing economic hardship.

Our mission is to remove barriers to education for students struggling to balance life’s immediate needs, while simultaneously pursuing their long-term goal of a degree – and a brighter future.

Our community is stronger when we all work together.

We believe our investment not only provides financial stability for our students, but also strengthens the workforce in the Puget Sound region, benefiting us all.

Learn more about the application process.

“I’ve always had a dream of becoming a software engineer and using my skills to create affordable on-line education for people from all backgrounds. After moving to the U.S. from Ethiopia, I received a scholarship from Assistance League of Seattle to attend North Seattle College. It hasn’t been an easy road, but now I’m well on my way to receiving my degree. Thank you!”

Natnael Bekele

Financial Aid for Education - Assistance League Seattle



Families Live Below the Poverty Line in Seattle*


Needed to Send One Adult to Community College


Adults Were Given the Opportunity to Succeed

* Kim Eckart, “Poverty Rates Hold Steady, Average Incomes Continue to Increase in Seattle Area and Washington State”, University of Washington News, 9/13/18.


“I am still in disbelief that Assistance League of Seattle awarded me this opportunity. I feel very blessed. I will do my very best in school. Thanks again for believing in me and helping me to pursue an education.”


– Sean

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“I achieved all my goals and earned my diploma, but I didn’t do it alone. WE achieved my success together. Without Assistance League, I am not sure I would have made it this far. Your role in my life was very important and I will always be very grateful.”




Unlike other financial aid programs, each student who receives our support is paired with a mentor. Mentors work with students throughout their academic journey to overcome obstacles in the financial aid process. Many of our mentors and recipients have gone on to form life-long friendships.


Community Partners

Our community partners play a critical role in identifying students who need our support to complete their degree. Partnerships with TRiO at Seattle Public Colleges and Seattle Education Access provided a stream of eligible, motivated students in need of support, with a focus on students with one or two quarters left to finish their degree.


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