ULMS strategically collaborates with institutional partners to develop programming to support the academic achievement, civic involvement, leadership, and economic development of youth in Washington State, from “Cradle to Career.”  We recognize the impact of early learning and support on youth, and the importance of opening doors for academic and professional growth and success through adulthood. Our vision is to ensure our youth are empowered with the tools to thrive, excel and facilitate a culture of self-sufficiency, breaking the cycle of poverty and building wealth for generations.

If your organization would like to partner with the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle to develop this platform and/or support our current programs please contact Michelle Merriweather at (206) 461-3792 and/or via email at


The African American achievement gap is well documented locally, regionally and nationally. According to the Seattle Public Schools, in 2011, only 58 percent of African Americans graduated from high school and 25 percent drop out annually. A startling 46 percent of youth in King County Juvenile Rehabilitation Centers are African American, even though African Americans only represent 6 percent of King County. One in three African American men is expected to go to prison during their lifetime.

Together with Google, the City of Seattle and other partners the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle relaunched our successful Summer University targeting at-risk high school students of color in Seattle/King County in 2016. The 6-week program provided academic enrichment and skill-building through a STEAM curriculum and be located on the campus of Seattle Central.

The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) summer program immersed nearly 40 students in various art and science disciplines to stimulate curiosity and appreciation for the range of college degrees and career opportunities available in science and art. Being a part of the Seattle Central Community College environment, exposed primarily first-generation college students to higher education and increased the likelihood of attending Post-Secondary Education.

For six weeks, students attended classes five days a week from 9am to 3pm, exploring STEAM topics in several one-week workshops. Students engaged in hands-on activities that help develop their understanding and thinking about the world of STEAM, and include field experience and guest speakers.


In 2017, thanks to the generosity of our partners and the support of our instructors and partners such as Seattle Central, Summer University will grow to serve 75-100 students from Seattle Public Schools.  Students from Garfield, Cleveland, and Rainier Beach will be eligible to receive 1 math credit.  In addition to a fund and engaging curriculum inclusive of field trips each Friday, there is an option of receiving college credits and a stipend of up to $500 based on attendance and participation.

If you are interested in learning more information please contact Jerry Petty, jpetty@urbanleague.orgfor more information or call our office 206.461.3792 for an application.



The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle (ULMS)  is pleased to offer at least 5 $5000 scholarships this year to support inspiring students embarking in their post-secondary journey.  For nearly 90 years, the ULMS has been at the forefront of creating opportunities for Black Americans to empower themselves and their communities.  We are motivated by a vision that a strong Black community makes a better Seattle. Our Education Department opens the doors of opportunity by giving students, at all levels of their educational experience, resources and confidence necessary to compete academically. The ULMS Scholarship Program includes awards funded by Comcast and other partners in order to support students needing financial assistance to begin, continue, or complete their post-secondary education.  Awardees have demonstrated promising merit in leadership, community service, or academics. In addition, one scholarship is reserved for a participant in ULMS programs including Summer University and Project Ready.


If you and/or someone you know would like to apply for the ULMS Scholarship, please Download and Complete the Application, and submit your application to the attention of Jerry Petty Sr. at:

Mailing Address:

Urban League Of Metropolitan Seattle

105-14th Ave S, Suite 200

Seattle, WA 98122


Fax: 206-461-8425

The scholarship committee meets in November to review applications


The Education Scholarship Committee evaluates applicant eligibility based on financial need, academic achievement and funder focus. In the case of equivalent academic achievement, students with the greatest financial need are given priority.


Final applicants may be interviewed in person by a member (or members) of the committee.


The full committee reviews interview recommendations and makes final award recommendations to the ULMS Leadership team for approval.

Awardees and applicants are notified of the results. The scholarships are distributed during the ULMS Annual Breakfast. Unless specified by the funder, scholarships are not renewable and are only applicable to one school year.

105 14th Ave, Suite 200

Seattle, WA 98122