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.
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.
2015-2016 Renewal Information:
Current WSOS Scholars may have their scholarships renewed if they complete a renewal application and the 2015-2016 FAFSA, apply for federal education tax credits (if eligible), meet satisfactory academic progress, continue in an eligible, high-demand major, and enroll full-time in all terms in 2015-2016.
The 2016-2017 application window will open January 4 and close February 29, 2016.