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Sam and Sandy, Opportunity Scholars

This page is for current Opportunity Scholars in the Career & Technical program. If you’re applying for the Career & Technical Scholarship, visit the Career & Technical Applicants webpage.  

Career & Technical Scholarship (CTS) 101 

Our Career & Technical Scholarship provides up to $1,500 each quarter to fund a high-demand associate degree, certificate, or apprenticeship program at Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges or approved apprenticeship program sponsors. Scholars can use this funding toward trade, health care, or STEM programs across Washington state.  

CTS is more than a scholarship! As an Opportunity Scholar, you can access more than just financial support. WSOS provides connections, advice, networks, mentorship, and career development resources to help you succeed in college and in your professional career.   

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.  

Find all the details you need to know about your scholarship below. You can also use the quick links for easy access to frequently used documents and processes. 

If you’ve also received the Rural Jobs Initiative (RJI) award as part of your acceptance into the Career & Technical Scholarship, more information about your program can be found toward the bottom of this page

Support you receive beyond your scholarship funding 

Opportunity Scholars can access more than just financial support. 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 for first-year Scholars. The Scholar Lead program will pair you with an Opportunity Scholar who is further along in their academic journey. Your Scholar Lead is there to help you transition into your program and WSOS. They’ll hold community events with other Scholars to help you build community and can connect you to on-campus and WSOS resources. They will answer your questions and help you succeed! 

The Skills that Shine (StS) Mentorship Program is our industry mentorship program. Scholars get to select an industry professional to serve as a mentor.  Your mentor can help connect you to job and internship opportunities, expand your network, help you develop a resume and cover letter, and support your job search.   

Leadership programs 

Scholar Lead Mentorship Program: Once you’ve completed one term as an Opportunity Scholar, you can support your fellow Scholars as a Scholar Lead! This is a paid opportunity to serve as a peer mentor to fellow Scholars around the state  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 exclusive events and career–readiness training with WSOS partners, including: 

  • Tips on how to land a job with Washington’s best employers; 
  • Access to internships and jobs; and 
  • WSOS-exclusive training and career readiness resources. 

Join the WSOS-exclusive 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 their field of study.  

These resources are invaluable. Make sure to read all emails you receive from WSOS, so you don’t miss these great opportunities!  

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

Scholar Portal Information

Access information about your scholarship  

Looking for information about your scholarship? Visit the Scholar Portal to view key details and submit forms, including:  

  • Scholarship funding and disbursement information.   
  • Important deadlines.   
  • Contact information. 
  • Request a program change through the “Program Change” form in the Scholar Portal.  
  • 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 acceptance form.  

How much funding do I receive? 

CTS recipients will receive $1,500 per quarter for the duration of their program or until they have received 15 terms of state financial aid as long as they meet all eligibility criteria and are enrolled in at least 12 credits. Scholars enrolled part-time will receive a prorated scholarship amount. 

*Scholars enrolled in less than three credits during the fall, winter, or spring terms will not be eligible for funding that term (see Deferment ). Scholars are not required to enroll in summer term but are eligible to receive funding.  

Scholars enrolled in eligible apprenticeship programs may be exempt from this policy depending on their program requirements. 

When do I receive funding? 

Disbursements are sent directly to the financial aid office of the college or the apprenticeship sponsor prior to the start of each term. 

Quarter TermDisbursement Date
2023 summer quarter6/13/2023
2023 fall quarter8/29/2023
2024 winter quarter12/13/2023
2024 spring quarter3/19/2024
2024 summer quarter6/10/2024

How to keep your scholarship and maintain eligibility 

  • Remain enrolled in an eligible program. All Scholars can change their area of study/program once during the lifetime of their scholarship. Additional program changes must be approved in advance by WSOS. 
  • Remain enrolled in an eligible program at one of the state’s 34 community and technical colleges or an approved apprenticeship sponsor. 
  • Enroll in at least three credits during the fall, winter, and spring terms. You don’t have to enroll in any credits during the summer term, but funding is available if you do.  
  • Enroll in at least one course that is required for your program every quarter.  
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP). SAP is defined and determined by each college. Be sure to check with the financial aid office at your school to see how your college uses GPA to calculate SAP. 

Scholars must also meet the following eligibility criteria on an annual basis: 

What happens if my funding is sent to my school after the tuition deadline?  

Your college can place a hold on your account so that you won’t be dropped from your courses or charged. If you need a hold placed on your account, please reach out to your college’s financial aid office and notify them of your pending scholarship award. 

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. If there is a date under “Disbursement Date,” that means your funding was sent to your school on that date.  

Schools can take up to a month to apply the scholarship funds to your account. If you see a disbursement date, but you don’t see funds in your account, please allow your school to process.  Contact your college’s financial aid office if you have concerns about your award.   

How long will I receive funding? 

 Each Scholar is assigned a scholarship review date in their account.  

  • Login to the Scholar Portal and look in the “Scholarship Information” section to find your scholarship review date.  
  • Scholars are guaranteed to receive their scholarship until they reach their scholarship review date (provided they continue to meet all other eligibility criteria). 

To continue receiving your scholarship after your scholarship review date: 

Looking for community, campus or professional development resources? 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What if I decide to attend a different school than what’s in my Scholar Portal and/or decide to change my program? 

  • Submit a Program Change Request form in your Scholar Portal.  
  • Go to Submit Request > Submit Program Change Request. 

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 $1,500? 

WSOS sends your full award amount of $1,500 to your school each term. However, 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. Make sure to check your spam settings to ensure you are receiving WSOS emails, and mark WSOS as a “safe sender”. Unsubscribing from WSOS may result in missing important information and deadline reminders.  

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

I’m a Rural Jobs Initiative (RJI) Scholar. What does that mean?  

You will receive $3,500 your first quarter, $2,500 your second quarter, and $1,000 per quarter until you  graduate (or receive the maximum of 15 terms of state financial aid). 

RJI connects students who live in rural areas with the skills they need to access job opportunities where they live.  This program ensures Washington residents who live farthest from the state’s community and technical colleges can earn a credential that leads to a high-demand job in their rural community.