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The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) Board has increased the annual amount juniors and seniors will receive from $1,000 to $5,000 once they are admitted into an approved science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or health care major. This continues their commitment to invest in Washington students and meet the needs of Washington State employers to fill jobs in high demand fields. WSOS was created by the Washington State Legislature in 2011 to address rising tuition at Washington colleges and universities. It is a public-private partnership funded initially with $5 million from the state of Washington. Boeing and Microsoft have committed $50 million combined.
This scholarship provides help to students in families who earn up to 125% of the median family income attain bachelor’s degrees in high employer demand fields including science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care. This expands college financial aid to a greater group of young people beyond the current state need grant which only reaches families with 70% of the median family income.
College Success Foundation administers the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.