Tacoma Scholars
Annie Wright Schools want to invest in you. Could you be the next Tacoma Scholar?

Join our 2023-2024 cohort of Tacoma Scholars. We are committed to supporting each student from enrollment in Grade 9 through the Scholar’s first post-college job.

Tacoma Scholars Admission Process

List of 5 items.

  • 1. Online Applications

    A completed online AWS application is required to initiate the formal application process. 

    To demonstrate need, families must complete an online financial aid application through Blackbaud Financial Aid (please click here to start your application).

    During the admissions process, Tacoma Scholar applicants will receive fee waiver codes for both applications. If you have any questions about your code or the application process, email Laura Bales, Upper Schools Admissions Director, or call her at 253.284.8601.
  • 4. Official School Transcript & Evaluation

    Completed applications will include a copy of the applicant’s official school transcript for the past two years. Official School Transcripts can be uploaded by parents/guardians via the online application checklist. We require last year’s and this school year’s transcript (to date). Note: Schools often require as long as two weeks to complete transcript requests. 
  • 5. Teacher Recommendations

    A Math and English teacher online recommendation form must be completed by the applicant’s current or past teachers. The Teacher Recommendation Requests are included in the online application and require the student's teacher’s email address. Completed recommendations are submitted electronically to the admissions team upon completion by the teacher.
  • 6. Schedule a Campus Tour

    There is nothing we enjoy more than sharing our campus and classrooms with prospective families. Campus tours can be scheduled via the online application checklist. Please click here to create an application account and schedule a tour. If you have any questions, please contact Maddy Mancuso at maddy_mancuso@aw.org or 253.284.8603.

  • 7. Math Assessment

    Our online mathematics admissions assessment covers core Middle School mathematics concepts. We treat the results of the assessment as only one piece of data - one piece - that contributes to our admissions decision. This assessment is also used to help inform course placement.

Students eligible to apply for Tacoma Scholars must: 

  • Be a current eighth grader
  • Live in Tacoma or attend a Tacoma public school or Chief Leschi
  • Identify as a Student of Color
  • See financing an AWS education as a significant obstacle
  • Have an adult who will support and advocate for them in partnership with AWS
  • Meet the AWS admissions requirements
  • Complete a financial aid application via Blackbaud Financial Aid Management.
For questions please contact Director of Community Engagement
Alicia Grover Pugh at 253.284.8634 or alicia_mathurin@aw.org.


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.