The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) was founded 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.
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WSOS By the Numbers:
- WSOS has served more than 8,600 students since its inception
- Of our most recently awarded class, 56% are women, 65% are students of color, 68% are first-generation college students
- More than 2,200 Scholars have graduated to date
- Of our 2016 graduates, 92% were employed or pursuing an advanced degree within nine months, and 84% of employed job seekers remained in Washington