Dan Evans Scholarship
Due Date: February 1
Applicants to this scholarship will also be considered for the Les Purce Scholarship and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Scholarship. No separate application is required. Recipients for all three of the opportunities will be selected from a combined application pool.
The Evergreen State College was created on March 21, 1967, when Governor Daniel J. Evans signed the legislation authorizing the establishment of the college. As the first new four-year public college created in the state of Washington in the 20th century, Evergreen emerged as a truly unique model that would become a leader among institutions in higher education innovation around teaching and learning.
On June 9, 1969, the Governor lowered a bulldozer blade into the earth where one day the Daniel J. Evans Library would be built. Since opening its doors to Evergreen’s first students and faculty members, the Daniel J. Evans Library has been the only building on campus to be named by the Board of Trustees in recognition of an individual's contribution to the college.
In 1977, Evans succeeded McCann as President of the College. Evans’ term as President of Evergreen was highlighted by numerous achievements. During his tenure, Evans expanded Evergreen’s service to state government, started the college’s first teacher certification program, established Evergreen’s first graduate program - the Master of Public Administration - and formally established the Evergreen Tacoma program in 1982.
Evans’ ground-breaking work as Governor and as President of the College placed Evergreen at the forefront of education innovation in Washington state and on the national stage. In 1983, Evans’ final year of his presidency at Evergreen, U.S. News and World Report named Evergreen the “best regional liberal arts college in the West and Midwest”, an acknowledgement that heralded nearly three decades of recognition and accolades for a college that changes lives.
Offered to a new or currently enrolled student with at least sophomore standing attending full time. This scholarship is intended to support promising students who may be at risk of dropping out of college and who demonstrate financial need. In addition, the applicant should be one or more of the following:
- A first generation student, e.g., a student who is the first in his or her immediate family to attend college
- Native American
- African American
- A parent
- Age 24-26 and working to complete his or her degree
- Facing high levels of student loan indebtedness
- Letter of application no longer than two pages. Please speak to the following in your letter of application:
- What are you studying and why?
- How do you plan to use your degree after you finish Evergreen?
- Statement, no longer than half of one page, outlining how you meet one of the additional criteria set out above.
- Two letters of recommendation supporting your application.
- FAFSA (see Steps to Take #4).