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Jasleen, Nayeli, & Iris, Opportunity Scholars

Baccalaureate Scholarship 101 

The Baccalaureate Scholarship (BaS) provides up to $22,500 in scholarship funding to students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in high-demand STEM and health care majors in Washington state. This scholarship can stack on top of other financial aid to cover tuition, fees, and other costs, such as living expenses, food, and more.  

WSOS is more than a scholarship! You could receive access to connections, advice, networks, mentorship, and career development resources to help you succeed in college and find a job.    

WSOS is a community of support that will be there at EVERY step on your pathway to a career in a high-demand field. Take advantage of opportunities to build your network and connect with other Scholars and professionals.  

You can find details about your scholarship below. Use the quick links on the right for frequently used documents and processes. 

Support you receive beyond your scholarship funding 

WSOS provides connections, advice, networks, mentorship, and career development resources to help you succeed in college and beyond.  

Mentorship programs 

The Scholar Lead Mentorship Program is our peer-mentoring program. First and second year Scholars are paired with a third- to fifth-year Scholar who helps with the transition to higher education. Scholar Leads host community events, build community, and connect you to resources. Your Lead will answer your questions and help you succeed! 

The Skills that Shine (StS) Mentorship Program is our industry mentorship program. Scholars are paired with an industry professional who becomes a mentor. Your mentor can connect you to job and internship opportunities, expand your network, help with a resume, cover letter, and more.   

Leadership programs 

Scholar Lead Mentorship Program: As a third, fourth or fifth-year Scholar, you can support your fellow Scholars as a Scholar Lead! In this role, you’d serve as a peer mentor to fellow Scholars around the state throughout the school year under the supervision and support of a WSOS advisor. You’ll engage with Scholars to help them navigate the college environment and foster a sense of community. 

Career Development 

Opportunity Scholars are invited to participate in one-of-a-kind events and career–readiness training with WSOS partners, including: 

  • Learning how to access jobs at top employers in Washington state in your field of study; 
  • Accessing available internships and jobs across the state of Washington; and 
  • Participating in WSOS-exclusive trainings and engaging in career readiness resources. 

These resources are invaluable.  Make sure to read all emails you receive from WSOS! They often include key opportunities for career development. 

Reach out to with any questions or concerns about WSOS programming.

Join the WSOS-exclusive Opportunity Scholar and Alumni LinkedIn group. By joining the group, you can grow your professional network, hear first about internship and job opportunities, and learn more about professional development opportunities in your field of study. 

Scholar Portal information 

Access information about your scholarship  

Looking for information about your scholarship? Before looking anywhere else, visit the Scholar Portal to view key details and submit forms to update your account, including:  

  • All scholarship funding and disbursement information.   
  • Important deadlines for your scholarship.   
  • Contact information, including adding your student ID number so WSOS can send your disbursement to the correct student account.   
  • Submitting required forms such as the Award Increase Request or the Renewal and Graduation form.  
  • Update your college information.   

If you’re a new Opportunity Scholar, you will receive instructions on how to access the Scholar Portal after you complete your new Scholar orientation.  

What do I need to do every year to keep receiving my scholarship? 

All Opportunity Scholars are required complete the Renewal and Graduation process every year. This means: 

  • Submitting the Renewal and Graduation form in the Scholar Portal by June 1 
  • Completing your FAFSA or WASFA by June 1 

Baccalaureate Scholars are also required to submit and be approved for an Award Increase Request by their deadline. Each Scholar has a unique Award Increase Deadline which can be found in the Scholar Portal under “Scholarship Info”. You may submit the Award Increase Request before the deadline if you meet the requirements. Read more about the Award Increase Request requirements.  

How long do I receive WSOS funding? 

It differs with each Opportunity Scholar in the Baccalaureate Program.  

WSOS calculates what we consider to be your grade level, “Application Grade,” at the time of application. This is based on the number of terms you have received state financial aid, the number of credits you have earned post-high school, or the number of terms of college you have completed post-high school (including Running Start credits).   

You can learn more about your funding in your Scholar Portal

Application Grade Pre-Increase Maximum Years Eligible for $2,500 Funding  
High school senior (12) 9 quarters/6 semesters     
First year college (13)  6 quarters/4 semesters 
Second year college (14)  3 quarters/2 semesters 

Maximum Years of Funding Available: 15 quarters/10 semesters 

You can receive funding for 15 quarters or 10 semesters, so if you’ve already completed some college semesters or quarters, you may receive funding for less time.   

Once you become a Scholar, make sure to add us to your list of safe senders so you receive our emails! These emails will remind you of important deadlines. If you miss important scholarship deadlines (such as renewing your scholarship or submitting an award increase), exceed the maximum number of years of funding, or have received the maximum funding of $22,500, you will be withdrawn from the scholarship.   

How much funding do I receive? 

Amount per academic year 

You will receive $2,500 each year (you may receive more if you apply for summer term funding) until you submit an Award Increase Request. Learn more about Award Increase Requests.   

To maintain your scholarship, you will need to submit an Award Increase Request by the deadline each year. You can find your Award Increase deadline in the Scholar Portal, and you will receive an email from WSOS reminding you when it is time to submit.  

After your Award Increase Request is approved, your funding will automatically increase to $5,000 in the next academic year. The table below outlines the funding amounts per year that you can expect to receive if you are enrolled full-time:  

 Amount Per Academic Year* 
Before you are approved for increase $2,500 
First year after you are approved for increase $5,000 
Second year after you are approved for increase $7,500 
Third year after you are approved for increase $5,000 

Once you receive 15 quarter or ten-semester terms of funding or have received the maximum funding of $22,500, you will be withdrawn from WSOS. 

*The academic year includes the fall, winter, and spring terms. Your funding amount per year may change if you use summer funding. 

Full-time vs part-time 

When we send your scholarship funding to the financial aid office at your school, they will let us know how many credits you’re enrolled in. The award amount you will receive will be prorated if you are enrolled for less than full-time:  

  • If you’re enrolled three-quarter time (between nine and 11 credits in a term), you’ll receive 75% of the award listed in the table above.   
  • If you’re enrolled half-time (between six and eight credits in a term), you’ll receive 50% of the award listed in the table above.   
  • If you’re enrolled quarter-time (between three and five quarter credits in a term), you’ll receive 25% of the award.   
  • If you’re enrolled in fewer than three credits, you will not receive any portion of your funds. You will automatically be placed on deferment (this means your scholarship will be paused) unless you’ve used all your available deferment terms. You get up to one academic year of deferment (3 quarters or two semesters).  If you have used the maximum of terms of deferment, you’ll be withdrawn. Your enrollment status is confirmed ten days after the start of the term.  

UPDATE: Baccalaureate Scholars can now use their scholarship to fund summer term! 

Q. Who is eligible for summer funding?  

All current Baccalaureate Scholars who have not reached the maximum term or maximum amount of funding by the end of the current academic year are eligible for summer funding. 

Q. Will receiving summer funding impact how long I can receive my scholarship?   

Yes. Using your scholarship during the summer quarter/semester counts toward the total funding terms (15 quarter/10-semester terms) you have left. Your scholarship is prorated when you enroll less than full-time. Please consider whether using your scholarship during the summer is right for you.  

When do I receive funding? 

Disbursements are sent directly to your financial aid office before the start of each term.  

Semester Term Disbursement Date 
2023 summer semester June 13, 2023 
2023 fall semester July 31, 2023 
2024 spring semester December 13, 2023 
2024 summer semester (subject to change) June 10, 2024 
Quarter Term Disbursement Date 
2023 summer quarter June 13, 2023 
2023 fall quarter August 29, 2023 
2024 winter quarter December 13, 2023 
2024 spring quarter March 19, 2024 
2024 summer quarter (subject to change) June 10, 2024 

How do I know if my funds were sent to my school?   

Log in to the Scholar Portal and review the disbursements section on the homepage. “Target Date” is when your disbursement is scheduled, and “Actual Disbursement Date” is when your scholarship was sent to your school.   

It can take up to a month for a school to apply your scholarship to your account. Please be patient if you see the disbursement date but don’t see the funds in your college financial aid account as it may be due to processing time.  

Contact your college’s financial aid office if you have concerns about your award.   

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What if I decide to attend a different school than what’s in my Scholar Portal? 

  • If you have not been approved for an Award Increase Request: You must submit a College of Enrollment Update Form in your Scholar Portal.  
    • In your Scholar Portal, go to Submit Request > Submit College of Enrollment Update. 
  • If you have already been approved for an Award Increase Request at your previous school: You need to submit a new Award Increase Request to show that you are still pursuing an eligible major at your new school and that your credits from your previous school have transferred over to your new school. 
    • In your Scholar Portal, go to Submit Request > Request Award Increase. 

What if I decide to change my major/program? 

  • If you have not been approved for an Award Increase Request: Update your major/program when you submit an Award Increase Request or the Annual Renewal form, whichever comes first. 
  • If you have already been approved for an Award Increase Request for your original major: Submit a new Award Increase Request to show that you are still pursuing an eligible major. 
    • In your Scholar Portal, go to Submit Request > Request Award Increase. 

Why don’t I see my scholarship in my financial aid award letter? 

Your scholarship may not show up in your financial aid award letter from your school before the start of the academic year because WSOS sends fall term funds later in the summer. 

Can I use my scholarship to pay for remedial, transitional (ABE, ESL, high school completion), and continuing education classes? 

  • WSOS funds remedial courses since they are college credit classes, and the cost is equivalent to the total cost of a college credit class.  
  • We do not fund transitional or continuing education classes, as they are typically free or low in cost. 

Why did I receive less than my full award amount? 

WSOS sends your full award amount to your school each term. When you don’t receive the total WSOS amount, it could mean one of the following: 

  • WSOS can be used to cover up to your Cost of Attendance (COA). COA = tuition, fees, books, supplies, and living expenses for one academic year. When you don’t receive the total WSOS amount, it could mean your COA is met for that term or academic year by other sources of your financial aid package.  
    • If you receive other forms of financial aid, such as the Federal Pell Grant, Washington College Grant, or other scholarships, you may receive partial WSOS funding.  
  • You are enrolled part-time for the term, so your school will prorate (adjust) your award amount based on the number of credits you are enrolled in: 
    • 12+ credits: Full award amount 
    • 9-11 credits: 75% of full award amount  
    • 6-8 credits: 50% of full award amount 
    • 3-5 credits: 25% of full award amount 
    • <3 credits: Not eligible for WSOS funding 

Please contact your school’s financial aid office to confirm why you didn’t receive your full award amount. 

Contact us 

Email is the primary way we communicate with you. Make sure to check your spam settings to make sure you are receiving WSOS emails. While you have the right to unsubscribe from WSOS emails, this will result in missing important information and deadline reminders.  

Questions? Contact or call 1-877-899-5002