Removing barriers. Championing students. Launching skilled professionals.
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) was created in 2011 to address unfilled seats in the high-demand sectors that drive our economy like aerospace, engineering, technology and health care as well as rising tuition costs at Washington colleges and universities. Businesses and the Washington State Legislature joined forces to fulfill the promise of better education and career opportunities for Washington students. Together they have created a unique public-private partnership, with significant support from founding partners Boeing and Microsoft and matching dollars from the State.
This first-of-its-kind program supports Washington students from low- and middle-income households to attain bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields including science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care through scholarships of up to $22,500 as well as professional development, skills-building workshops and genuine industry exposure to help increase the rate at which students enter our state's workforce.
WSOS provides scholarships of up to $22,500 and valuable professional development and industry exploration opportunities to low- and middle-income students pursuing high-demand degrees in-state. It is an innovative response to our State's urgent workforce challenge, solely on making high-demand STEM degrees affordable to help students graduate and launch their careers in here in Washington.
We remove the most common barrier to higher education by providing college scholarships for students pursuing high-demand fields
Once enrolled in college, Scholars can access support from Program Officers and additional resources to help them persist and graduate on time.
A variety of professional development and mentorship opportunities allow students to sharpen their skill sets and enter the workforce as credentialed and competitive as their peers.