Image credit (detail): Victoria Hunter, Winter 2020 Scholarship Recipient




Photographic Center Northwest (PCNW) is pleased to offer a need-based scholarship program. We recognize that the heart of PCNW is our community, comprised of individuals from diverse walks of life. Each year we welcome hundreds of students to our courses from a variety of backgrounds, abilities, professions, age groups, all bringing diverse interests, new perspectives, and a passion for learning the art of photography.

Scholarships are awarded on a quarterly basis. Students are welcome and encouraged to apply each quarter; it is possible to receive multiple scholarship awards over the course of your studies at PCNW. Additional details, including available opportunities, application requirements, and deadlines, are provided below. If you have any questions, e-mail the Scholarship Committee at


The Names Family Foundation Scholarship offers full tuition awards for under-served students who could not otherwise attend PCNW classes. The scholarship funds may be applied to one class within a quarter. This scholarship is need-based, prioritizes applicants from populations not heavily represented at PCNW, and is open to students of all skill levels who are interested in exploring the photographic arts. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis.

The PCNW Scholarship offers partial tuition awards that may be applied to one class within a quarter; awards may range from 20% to 60% of per-class tuition. This scholarship is need-based and open to students of all skill levels who are interested in pursuing a career, certificate, or degree program in the photographic arts or a related profession. Priority consideration will be given to individuals enrolled in the Certificate Program. Applications are considered on a quarterly basis.

The Youth Scholarship offers partial to full tuition awards for PCNW’s summer youth programs. This scholarship is need-based and open to youth of all skill levels. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. To receive an application e-mail


Summer 2020
Deadline: In the wake of COVID-19, PCNW will accept scholarship applications for Summer 2020 on a rolling basis.
Apply Online | Download Application (PDF)


PCNW accepts scholarship applications online or via hard copy. Links to the online application form and downloadable PDF are provided above in the “Upcoming Application Deadlines” section. Details specific to each method are available in the application form and an overview is provided below.

Whether submitting online or via hard copy, applicants must include the following items:

1. Completed application form
2. Letter of application explaining why you are applying for a scholarship
3. One copy of your most recent W-2 or tax return
4. Copy of your most recent pay stub (if available)
5. 5-10 jpegs or printed portfolio of your photography
6. Optional: CV, letter of reference, artist statement

Hard Copy Applications may be submitted in person or via mail to:

ATTN: Scholarship Committee
900 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122


» PCNW reserves the right to determine which courses are available for subsidized tuition.

» Scholarships may not be used towards any cost except tuition. Scholarships are not cash awards; they are applied as a discounted rate towards a class. As such, scholarship applicants who want to ensure that they secure a space in a particular course, regardless if they receive a scholarship towards that class, should only pay the 15% deposit for tuition; refunds will not be provided to students who pay the full tuition and are subsequently awarded a scholarship. PCNW cannot award scholarships to applicants who have paid the full tuition for a course prior to or at the time of applying for the scholarship, or prior to receiving notification regarding a scholarship award for that course.

» “Full tuition scholarship” and/or “Partial tuition scholarship” means that PCNW will subsidize up to the awarded scholarship amount for one course during the quarter for which you apply.

» Scholarships do not include materials or any required fees for the course/workshop. Students are responsible for providing their own equipment, materials, and books as required by the course.

» Students are responsible for payment of any remaining tuition balance not covered by scholarship funds in accordance with our registration and payment policies.

» Scholarship funds are valid only for the quarter they are awarded; scholarships cannot be applied towards future quarters.

» All attendance and withdrawal policies apply and no academic credit will be awarded for incomplete courses due to withdrawal. See our Education Policies for details.

» Tax returns and pay stubs will be shredded at the start of the term and therefore must be resubmitted with each new application.