New Applicant Overview, Eligibility & Application


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.

The amount of funding that selected students will be eligible to receive each year will vary based on the number of credits they have completed.  Please see Award Amounts for additional information.

There will be 700 new scholarship recipients selected for 2014-15.

Eligibility Criteria

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 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 for 2014-2015 is closed.

For additional information about the application, see the Application Checklist and Timeline.

The application for 2015-2016 will be available in January 2015.


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