What It Does:

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible, high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and health care, and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.

Why It Matters:

Investing in Washington students and helping them take advantage of high-demand job opportunities created by local employers are keys to a higher quality of life for those students and a thriving state economy for all Washingtonians.

WSOS Cultivates Homegrown Talent:

WSOS is Washington-focused so recipients must:

  • Be a resident of Washington state
  • 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.

Successes:

WSOS has awarded scholarships to over 5,400 students since the program began.

  • 59% of all-time funded scholars are first-generation college students.
  • 57% of all-time funded scholars are female.
  • 58% of the most recent cohort of recipients identified as students of color.
  • More than three-quarters of 2015 graduates are employed in their field or seeking an advanced degree.
  • Of graduates working in their field of study, nearly 90% remained in Washington state.

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.

2017-2018 Application:

The 2016-2017 application has officially closed as of February 2017.