Events & Programs

Summer Camp Scholarship Application

The Camps for Curious Minds Scholarship Program offers youth in grades PreK-8 interested in science education opportunities to participate in one of our week-long camp sessions at Pacific Science Center, or one of our off-site locations, at no cost.


PacSci offers full scholarships for prospective campers who qualify in any of the following ways:

  • Free or reduced lunch: Camper qualified for free or reduced lunch program for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Foster care: Camper is in the foster care system currently or was during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Other government public assistance: Parent/guardian enrolled in the food assistance program (SNAP) or other
    public assistance programs.
  • Family Access or Youth Access Membership: A low-income membership in the parent/guardian or camper’s name.


Scholarship Selection

Scholarship recipients are chosen using a lottery system. Completing an application does not automatically mean you will receive a scholarship. You will be notified in March 20, 2020 of one of three possible outcomes: scholarship recipient, wait-list, or not selected for a scholarship. If you are wait-listed, you will be contacted if a lottery winner chooses not to accept their scholarship.


Important Dates

  • January 22, 2020: Scholarship application available to General Public
  • March 8, 2020: Scholarship Application Due
  • March 20, 2020: Scholarship recipients notified
  • March 25, 2020: Confirmation/Acceptance Deadline


To Apply

Please complete all sections to qualify. Incomplete applications may result in your application not being considered.

If you are the parent/guardian of multiple children or siblings, please note that one complete application must be submitted for each prospective camper.

If you have any questions, please email, with subject title “2020 Summer Camp Scholarships”.


(* indicate required fields)

  • Camper Information

  • (Please select grade your child will enter in Fall of 2020)

  • Statement of Interest

  • Parent/Guardian Information

  • Proof of Eligibility

    You must affirm that you can provide proof of eligibility for the 2019-2020 school year if asked.

  • Check all that apply

  • Location, Date and Camp Preference

    Camps for Curious Minds operates camps at 7 locations throughout Seattle over the course of 10 weeks. Please use this section to indicate which date and location you prefer. Camp sessions will be awarded based on your selections and space availability for that location and week.

  • Preferred Location

    Please rank your preferred location based on ease of travel. Please note that camps do not run at all locations for all 10 weeks. If you are unable to travel to a location, please select "Not available." Select at least 5 choices. If you select only a 1st choice, you may run the risk of not being matched to a camp if that location has no availability.

  • Preferred Date

    Please rank your preferred date. Please select at least 5 choices. It is important to choose at least 5 options so that we can match kids with available camps.

  • Please include any camp names or topics that your child has an interest in. This helps us select the best session for your child.
  • Some of PacSci's camps include daily, local field trips (e.g. road trip and partnership camps) or overnight camping trips. Campers travel together with staff to their destination and are supervised at all times. Please indicate what level of travel you are comfortable with.

  • Statement of Transportation

    Pacific Science Center does not provide transportation to and from any of our camp locations. Camp days begin at 8:45 a.m. and end between 3:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., depending on the camp. Camps are Monday to Friday.

  • Please described how you intend to transport your child to and from camp for the entire week.

  • Additional Registration Questions

    Lunches/Snacks are provided to scholarship recipients at no cost at Pacific Science Center, St. Thomas School, and Mercer Slough only. Lunches are not available at any other locations. Lunches include one entree, fruit/vegetable, side and water. Your camper will also be given a morning and afternoon snack.

  • Would you like your camper to receive lunches and snacks during your week of camp if you are assigned to one of these locations?
  • Extended Care is provided at no cost to scholarship recipients at all locations. Morning Extended Care begins at 7:00 a.m. and Afternoon Extended Care ends at 6:00 p.m. Pick-up after 6:00 p.m. is not permitted.

    Please select the Extended Care services you would like for your camper.

  • Applicant Questionnaire

    Your answers to these questions will help us ensure our program’s success in providing similar opportunities in the future. Your answers will not determine your selection for this scholarship.

  • Please select all that apply
  • Does your camper identify as a member of any of these groups: African American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, Asian American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, or consider themselves to be of more than one race?