The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.
Applicants must be first-year college students, sophomores or first-term juniors fall of the 2014-15 academic year.
Selected students will receive $1,000 renewable for up to four years, provided they continue to meet the renewal criteria. When scholarship recipients achieve junior class standing, they can apply to increase their scholarship to $5,000.
There will be 700 new scholarship recipients selected for 2014-15.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Must be a Washington state resident (as defined in RCW 28B.15.012)
- Must have earned a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state high school or institution by June 2014.
- Must be enrolling in an eligible Washington state college or university fall term 2014.
- Must be pursuing an eligible high-demand major (by alphabet; by category) in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care.
- Must be working toward a first bachelor’s degree, (i.e. four-year degree).
- Must be enrolling as a first-year college student, as a sophomore or as a first term junior fall 2014.
Please note: College students who will have attained junior class standing for any terms prior to the start of fall term 2014 are not eligible. Seniors are not eligible.
- Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) through fall quarter or semester 2013 of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Must submit the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov by February 24, 2014.
- Must apply for Federal Education tax credits if eligible.
- Must have a family income (adjusted gross income plus all untaxed income) less than the amount listed by family size on this chart. (Note: Unless you qualified to submit the FAFSA as an independent student, the family income amounts are those reported by your parent(s) on your 2014-15 FAFSA).
The application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday February 24, 2014.
Your official transcript must be postmarked by Monday, February 24, 2014. View application timeline.
Your FAFSA must be submitted by Monday, February 24, 2014.
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For additional information about the application, see the Application Checklist and Timeline.