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Unlock Your Potential
Believe in Me Scholarship Program

Submit your application no later than Mar. 1

In order for you to be considered for a scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • First-generation, post-secondary education-seeking students

  • Students attending school in Washington State, N. Idaho, Oregon

  • Pursuing an education at a two-year college, four-year college or university, independent private career school, or trade school

  • 2.75 cumulative GPA in high school or a GED

  • 24 years of age or less

  • Can demonstrate leadership, grit, and perseverance

  • Belong to any of the following marginalized groups

    • American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islanders, Multi-race, Immigrant Families

    • Living in a household below the poverty line, experiencing food insecurity, or without housing

    • Adopted, aged out of the foster care system, living in foster care, or wards of the state

    • Students living with a disability, mental health issues, substance abuse disorder

    • Students with incarcerated parents, unemployed parents, parents who did not graduate from high school or did not attend college

    • Students of differing sexual orientation or gender identity

    • Pregnant teens and single-parent students

    • Students experiencing domestic violence, abuse, or trauma; and survivors of human trafficking

  • Able to provide recommendations from two community references

  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities, work, religious, or volunteer activities

Are You Eligible for a Scholarship?

Important Dates

The Morning Star Foundation will be accepting online grant applications November 1-30. All materials must be received no later than 11:59 pm on November 30th to be considered. Applications will be reviewed throughout the month of December and applicants will be notified of their funding request status on or before December 31.

Get Your Questions Answered

For more information, questions about program eligibility or about applying, please call 509.448.1412 or send an email inquiry to

How to Apply for a Morning Star Foundation Grant

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

Step 2: Start Your Application

If your organization is eligible, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a pre-filled form to begin your application. You will be allowed to save your application and restart at any time using the link in the email.

Send an email to with any questions you have about the grant application process before Sunday, November 8th at 5:00 pm. These will be answered during the info session.

Step 3: Submit Questions

Attend an info session at 12:00 pm on Monday, November 9th to have your questions answered. We will be covering specific how-to tutorials and explaining the application process in detail.

Step 4: Attend Info Session

Step 5: Submit Your Application

What You Can Expect from the Granting Committee

The Morning Star Foundation is tasked with the stewardship and sustainability of the Foundation’s assets to support administration of grant funding to the programs that carry out our mission. Our Grants Administration Committee meets all throughout the year to streamline the granting cycle process, review applications for eligibility, and award grants to the nonprofits that solve the problems we care about the most. The granting committee intermittently reviews the progress of each program and reports the impact they are having back to our donors.


A special meeting is held during the month of June to review the Foundation’s financial performance and determine the amount that will be available for granting throughout the next cycle. The funds available for granting varies from year to year and may be limited during times of economic downturn and organizational restructuring. For this reason, the Foundation does not provide grant funding to cover administrative costs and payroll related expenses.

Roadmap to Success

Important Dates to Remember

  • Information session on Feb. 15

  • Submit your application no later than Mar. 1

  • Scholarship winners will be notified on or before April 1

  • Award Acceptance Forms due April 30

  • Enrollment Verification Forms due Aug. 30. 

Get Your Questions Answered & Share Our Flyer

Click Here to download and distribute our informational flyer promoting the program. For more information, questions about program eligibility, or applying, please call our office at 509.488.1413, email our team at, or plan to join Live Office Hours with our Grants Administrator on weekdays at 11:00 am.

How To Apply For a Believe in Me Scholarship

Step 1: Check Your Eligibility

The Believe in Me Scholarship Program is open to first-generation marginalized students in Washington State, Northern Idaho, and Oregon who can demonstrate leadership, grit, and perseverance on their pathways toward educational success. The program is open to first-generation, post-secondary education-seeking individuals. This includes current students as well as individuals who have already earned their high school diploma or GED and are planning to enroll at an accredited higher learning institution.

Step 2: Submit Questions

Send an email to with any questions about the application process before 5:00 pm PST on Wednesday, Feb. 14. These will be answered during the info session.

Step 3: Watch Our Info Session

Scan the QR code or CLICK HERE to access information about the virtual info session and add it to your calendar.

  • Who can I give life insurance to?
    A beneficiary can be an individual, charity, a company or trust. If your beneficiary is an individual, they can be related to you, one of your kids, a husband or wife, a friend or or anyone else you happen to know. Charities are a common type of beneficiary as well.
  • What value is used to determine my tax deduction if I change the ownership of my life insurance policy to a charity?
    The paid in cost basis of the policy or the fair market value of the policy, whichever is lower.
  • How to gift life insurance proceeds without tax
    As long as your life insurance has not converted to a modified endowment contract, there will not be any tax due.
  • Who pays tax on personal life insurance given as a gift?
    No one will be required to pay tax on personal life insurance given as a gift.
  • Do colleges like receiving life insurance as charitable gifts?
    Yes. Other nonprofits, like Believe in Me, also enjoy the benefits of receiving life insurance proceeds as a charitable gift.
  • Is a life insurance planned gift revocable?
    If you own the life insurance policy, you are able to change the beneficiary at any time. if you are changing ownership of the life insurance policy to a charity to gain the tax benefits, you will not be able to revoke your planned gift.
  • Can you deduct life insurance premiums + gifting?
    You can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy.
  • Can a fractional part of a life insurance policy be gifted?
    Yes. You may gift a % or the entire policy to charity.
  • Can you gift life insurance premium payments?
    Yes, but you can maximize your tax savings if you make a cash donation to the charity, restricting use to making premium payments on your life insurance policy.

Watch the Info Session to Learn More Details

Thinking of applying for scholarships? Get all your questions answered in our info session! We'll go over the eligibility requirements, step-by-step application process, eligibility, and more, so you know exactly what to do and have the best chance of success..

If you have any unanswered questions about our scholarship program, please reach out to our team at We are happy to help!

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