Local College Opportunities


We are pleased to let you know of an exciting new opportunity specifically for Tacoma high school graduates interested in attending University of Washington Tacoma or Tacoma Community College.

In partnership with Degrees of Change, the community organization that brings you the Act Six Scholarship, we are excited to share Ready to Rise. A comprehensive leadership development program, Ready to Rise focuses on helping you to be successful in college, in your career, and beyond.  Students who are selected will receive peer mentoring during college, career/internship assistance and much more!

For the 2018-19 academic year, Ready to Rise will be selecting 60 students who love Tacoma, want to use their education to better their community, and plan to attend one of the colleges listed above.

Please visit the website at www.readytorise.org to learn more about what Ready to Rise has to offer.

The brief online application will be open in the spring of 2020.  Please note that if you submitted an application for the Act Six Scholarship, your information can be transferred to shorten your process for applying Ready to Rise! You can also stop by your high school College and Career Counselor's office for more information and to learn when Ready to Rise will be presenting at your school. 


PLU is offering a scholarship for students who are College Bound eligible, attend a state high school, and have a 3.30 or better weighted cumulative GPA. Students who qualify will be awarded full tuition for their four years at PLU through a combination of federal, state, PLU grants and scholarships, and the College Bound Scholarship.​


  • College Bound Scholarship eligible 
  • Attend a Washington state high school  
  • 3.30 or higher weighted cumulative GPA (if your high school does not weight GPAs, PLU will do so when you apply) 
  • Entering PLU as a first-year student

Click here to apply to PLU and the 253 Bound Scholarship.

Please contact the Office of Admission at 800-274-6758 or admission@plu.edu with any additional questions about the 253 PLU Bound Scholarship or applying to PLU.

Pathways to Promise - UW Tacoma

A partnership program at the University of Washington Tacoma. 

Pathways to Promise works to create a college-going culture in local schools and organizations – not focused just on UW Tacoma, but considering any post-secondary education – and to develop college readiness in these students. 
In return, it gives students in partner districts and organizations the opportunity to enter UW Tacoma by providing transparent admissions criteria, making the college application process less opaque.


  • Tacoma Public School student
  • Meet the minimum course requirements (CADRs, or College Academic Distribution Requirements),
  • Have a GPA of 2.7 or higher, score 540 or higher on SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 510 on SAT Math, or 21 or higher on the ACT
  • Submit a complete application including a well-written personal statement, and enroll at UW Tacoma immediately following their senior year will have assured admission to a high-quality UW Tacoma education.
Please contact the UW Tacoma Student & Enrollment Services/Student Transitions at
Phone: 253.692.4421
Email: pathway@uw.edu

Tacoma Public Schools Commitment - University of Puget Sound
For over 125 years Puget Sound has been proud to be part of the Tacoma community. As the oldest college in the city, Puget Sound has a rich history of partnership with Tacoma, including many opportunities specifically for local students.

University of Puget Sound is committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of up to 30 admitted Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) applicants for first-time, first-year undergraduate study beginning with the 2016-17 academic year. Please carefully read the information on admission requirements and financial aid below. If you have any questions, we're here to help! You can reach our Office of Admission at admission@pugetsound.edu or 253.879.3211.

Admission Requirements

Puget Sound requires that applicants submit the Common Application, a School Report, Teacher Evaluation, Transcripts, and the ACT or SAT if applying with test scores by January, 2020. For the Class of 2019, the average high school GPA of admitted students was a 3.53 earned in a rigorous curriculum such as Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) or the equivalent, and the middle 50% range of standardized tests was 1670-1970 on the SAT and 25-30 on the ACT.