Nathan Hale High School

Nathan Hale
High School
Counseling Office

Colleges and Careers

Nathan Hale High School College and Careers

Greetings from your career department! By this time, our hope is that juniors, seniors and their families know what to expect and plan for regarding post high school.

College Possible (CP)

College Possible is a program for 11th and 12th graders at Nathan Hale High School. CP believes all students, regardless of their background, can achieve a college degree. For many, joining CP sparks a new conversation about their future – a future in where graduating from college becomes a reality.

Find out more about College Possible

11th and 12th Grade: Shih Chieh Shen (he/him)

To best assist you, please complete the College Possible application

Seattle Promise

Seattle Promise Scholarship. Apply for up to two years (or 90 credits) of free college tuition plus support services to help with the transition from high school through college. All Seattle Public School high school graduates are eligible regardless of their grade point average (GPA), family income, test scores or country of birth.

The program consists of a four-step application process in addition to attending two college success events before classes begin in Fall 2021. To remain eligible, scholars register full-time for a minimum of 12 credits, maintain satisfactory academic progress, and meet quarterly with Seattle Promise staff to check-in.

Learn more about the program and what to expect on the Seattle Promise website.

Apply for the Seattle Promise. There are several applications to complete and submit as part of the scholarship process. We encourage families to start early. The application deadline is February 16, 2024.

Please feel reach to contact your Seattle Promise Outreach Specialist if you have any questions (contact information provided below).

Aurelio Valdez-Barajas (he/him)
Seattle Colleges, Seattle Promise Outreach Specialist for Nathan Hale High School

Here are a few dates to keep in mind as you start to apply and prepare for college in Fall 2024.

Promise Application – February 16, 2024
College Admissions Application – February 16, 2024 (North, Central, South)
FAFSA/WASFA – April 30, 2024
Complete Financial Aid File – August 1, 2024

Readiness Academy – May/June 2024
Summer Bridge – September 5, 12 or 16, 2024
START Begin classes as a full-time college student (12 credits) – September 2024

Apprenticeships, Become an Apprentice

Teen Workers
(Hours of work, wages, breaks, youth job safety resources)

PSAT/SAT/AP – Collegeboard


Financial Aid

What is College Financial Aid?

Improvements are coming to financial aid applications this year. Due to these changes, the 2024-25 FAFSA and WASFA will become available in December 2023.

FAFSA – Free application for federal student aid (FAFSA)

WASFA – Eligibility for several Washington State financial aid programs has expanded to include students who are ineligible for federal financial aid due to immigration status.  Students who meet individual programs, income, or residency requirements for the State Need Grant, the College bound Scholarship, State Work Study, or Passport Scholarship should complete the free WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to apply for state financial aid.

Washington State Financial Aid Programs

Washington Business Week
(Connects teens to learning more about local businesses)

Making Connections – U of W Women’s Center
(Program supporting underrepresented and first generation students through the college admissions process, offering workshops, mentoring, college visits etc.)

Team Read
(Mentoring program that helps struggling readers)

DO-IT – Disabilities, Opportunities, Internet working and Technology
(DO-IT serves to increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers)

King County Washington’s Youth Program Directory
The most comprehensive way to find engaging programs that support and enrich the lives of young people ages 5-young adult.

SPS Scholarship Bulletin – updated monthly

Students: An additional scholarship list can be found through Naviance.  Log into your Naviance account and click on the Scholarship tab.

Scholarship Search Sites 
Note: Nathan Hale is not affiliated with these organizations and does not endorse any specific sites. This is for information only.

There are many scholarship websites and search engines.  You can use College Board, FastWeb, or any others that you find helpful.  Always be aware how/if your data is being used.

Here is a list of commonly used sites:

Scholarship Junkies – Developed by a UW student.  Provides free support for finding and applying to scholarships as well as college application essay help. 

Seattle Foundation – Local organization that prioritizes supporting youth to reach their highest potential and increase access to higher education for students pursuing a variety of education paths, whether it be universities, community colleges or technical schools. Access scholarships (beginning November 16, 2020) through, search for Seattle Foundation.  Application deadlines for Seattle Foundation deadlines May 31, 2021.

The Washboard – Scholarship search engine specifically for Washington State students.

Western Undergraduate Exchange program – site provides information about the reduced tuition opportunities at participating state schools in the Western region – can reduce the cost of out-of-state tuition at participating public universities. 

College Board has partnered with 26 scholarship providers for students across all major demographics with awards – ranging from $2,000 to full-tuition scholarships.

There is also a notebook in the Counseling Office with additional scholarship information.

Register for the Selective Service – *Legally required for males, 18-25 years