Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) Applicants

The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, STEM and health care occupations. To be eligible, scholars must enroll in an approved program, such as welding, manufacturing or IT, at one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. Scholars are eligible to receive up to $1,500 each quarter for the duration of their associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship program.  These scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more.

Scholars that intend to earn their bachelor's degree after the completion of their program are not eligible for CTS and are instead encouraged to review the Baccalaureate Scholarship. Learn more about BaS here.

The information below describes the application timeline, eligibility requirements and application requirements. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información en español.

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Spring 2019-20 Career & Technical Scholarship recipients have been selected! All applicants were notified of their selection status by e-mail. Selected applicants will not receive a physical selection letter in the mail. Selected applicants can learn more about their scholarship here.

The fall 2020-21 Career & Technical Scholarship application will open on April 6, 2020.

2020 Application Timeline: Key Milestones & Dates

WSOS accepts applications for the CTS three times each academic year. Approximately half of the scholarships are awarded for the fall, with the other half awarded between the winter and spring. The table below shows the timelines for each scholarship window.

Application milestoneWinter Quarter DatesSpring Quarter DatesFall Quarter Dates
Application opensSeptember 25, 2019January 13, 2020April 6, 2020
Application deadlineOctober 23, 2019February 6, 2020 June 4, 2020
Transcripts/GED scores (if applicable)October 23, 2019February 6, 2020 June 4, 2020
FAFSA/WASFA submittedOctober 23, 2019February 6, 2020June 4, 2020
Selection notificationNovember 21, 2019March 2020July 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the scholarship must meet all of the following criteria:

In the pilot year of our new Career and Technical Scholarship, we are asking partners and stakeholders around the state to help us ensure we support trade, health care and STEM programs that reflect local workforce needs. Please contact if you would like to recommend an associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship program to add to the list. WSOS will consider adding programs that can be verified as high-demand through data and other evidence.

Application Process

Interested applicants must complete the entire application process if they to be considered. Applicants must:

  1. Complete all application sections via the Scholarship Application Portal and click “Submit” by the application deadline.
  2. If applicable, mail your unofficial transcript or GED scores to:

WSOS c/o Career and Technical Scholarship
1414 31st Avenue South, Ste. 302
Seattle, WA 98144

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    3. Submit the FAFSA or WASFA for the relevant academic year by the application deadline.

The application will require approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Applicants may start the application, save progress and return to complete it later up until the application deadline. Applicants should know what college they will enroll in and what program they intend to complete.
For more information about each of the application components, see the CTS Application Toolkit.

Selection & Notification

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for deciding which factors determine Scholar selection. The criteria upon which selection is based varies year to year but generally include a combination of students’ financial need, intended program of study and academic achievement.

Applicants will be notified about the selection decision by the date listed on the table above. Students who are not selected are invited to reapply in future application periods if they meet eligibility criteria.

Selection notification emails are sent to the email address applicants provide on the application; we strongly encourage all applicants to carefully enter their email and to add to their list of trusted senders.

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