A small university in Toppenish is making big impacts on lives in the Yakima Valley by awarding full-ride scholarships to area high school students again this year. Plus officials at Heritage University say every fall many incoming freshman students are also awarded institutional HU Excellence funds as part of financial aid packaging. The funds combined with state and federal grant money means many students only have to cover a minimal amount to pay for full time tuition. School officials say Heritage University "excellence Scholarships support incoming freshman with an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $14,956. The gap between EFC, Federal Pell Grant, Washington State Need Grant and a subsidized Stafford Direct Loan eligibility will be covered by the HU Excellence Scholarship."

Lots of opportunities to land scholarship money

A press release from the school says school officials also encourage students to complete the "Heritage University Academic Scholarship Application for consideration of other merit scholarships."

The Moccasin Lake Foundation Scholarship is a full-need, renewable scholarship open to all incoming freshman and transfer students*. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and plan on attending Heritage full time starting fall semester 2023. Five (5) scholarships will be awarded annually. This award is stackable with any need-based aid that you may qualify to receive, up to your maximum cost of attendance and is valid for up to four (4) years/eight (8) semesters of attendance towards the completion of a first bachelor’s degree**.

*Current and former students are not eligible.

**Total maximum scholarship award is determined by a calculation of maximum need as calculated by the US Department of Education.

Moccasin Lake Foundation Scholarship Details


Must be a new incoming student
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.75
Submit personal essay
Submit Heritage University application
Submit FAFSA or WASFA and list Heritage University (003777)
Submit current official transcripts

Candidates will be evaluated on their ability to demonstrate their commitment to pursuing their education. Semi-finalists will be selected from the pool of applicants after a review of their application materials. Those semi-finalists may be invited to Heritage University for in-person interviews, which will be used to select the five recipients.

March 14, 2023
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Heritage University offers the Soar Scholarship that pays full tuition and lab fees, plus a $500 annual book credit, for up to five (5) years/ten (10) semesters of study toward earning a bachelor’s degree or a 2-year pre-engineering degree. All incoming students who have earned or will earn their high school diploma by the official start of fall 2023 semester are eligible to apply.

HU Soar Scholarship Details
Heritage Soar Scholarship awards provide up to 18 credits per semester until recipients earn their first bachelor’s degree or two-year pre-engineering associate degree. The award is guaranteed for a maximum of 36 credits per academic year for up to five (5) years/ten (10) semesters, provided the student maintains a minimum GPA of 3.25.

We’d love to see you at Heritage. Good luck!

Meet the 2018-19 recipients!


Must be an incoming applicant
Submit personal statement
Submit Heritage University application
Submit FAFSA or WASFA and list Heritage University (003777)
Submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
Submit current official transcripts

For more on other scholarship opportunities click the link https://heritage.edu/student-resources/financial-aid/scholarships/

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