The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) fuels Washington’s innovation economy by providing scholarships and support services to low- and middle-income students pursuing high-demand science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health care degrees in Washington state.
Why WSOS Matters:
Washington is home to one of the fastest growing state economies with more STEM and healthcare jobs than we can fill. Across our state we have talented, capable students ready to pursue their dreams of becoming engineers, computer scientists and health care providers — yet the high cost of college sidelines their dreams. WSOS is the unique, innovative solution to solve our workforce challenge.
WSOS Cultivates Homegrown Talent:
All WSOS Scholars must:
- Be a Washington state resident
- Have a Washington State high school diploma or GED
- Intend to complete a bachelor’s degree from an eligible Washington state college or university
Who Funds It:
Businesses and the Washington State Legislature have joined forces to fulfill the promise of better education and career opportunities for Washington students. Together they have created a unique public-private partnership including major employers like Boeing and Microsoft.
Who Administers It:
Washington STEM focuses on increasing access, interest and success in STEM education for all Washington students. The WSOS Board, made up of dedicated partners, provides the long-term vision and governance of the program.
Under the Board’s leadership and Washington STEM’s administration, the scholarship program is poised to make a real difference in the futures of thousands of talented, low- and middle-income students across the state.
WSOS at a Glance:
WSOS has awarded funding to over 8,600 Scholars since 2011. Of our most recently awarded class of Scholars:
- 60% are women.
- 73% are students of color.
- 72% are first-generation college students.
Of our 2016 WSOS graduates:
- 92% of 2016 grads were employed or pursuing an advanced degree within nine months, and 84% of employed job seekers remained in Washington.
2017-2018 Renewal Information:
Current WSOS Scholars may have their scholarships renewed if they complete a renewal application and the 2017-2018 FAFSA, apply for federal education tax credits (if eligible), meet satisfactory academic progress, continue in an eligible, high-demand major, and enroll in all terms in 2017-2018.