Washington has one of the fastest growing state economies with more trade, health care and STEM jobs than we can fill. WSOS aims to connect our state’s leading industries with top Washington talent by reducing barriers to education and training. Working collaboratively with the state and industry partners, we launch low- and middle-income students into careers, maximizing the return on investment for the state and ensuring our state’s robust economy can continue to thrive.

Mission Statement

To build pathways into high-demand Washington careers for Washington students.

Equity Statement

WSOS is committed to establishing an equitable pathway for future trade, STEM and health care leaders. WSOS affirms the intersectionality of people’s identities. We use an equity lens in all aspects of our work to empower our Scholars.

WSOS recognizes that socio-economic burdens and benefits are not distributed equitably. Systemic barriers of intolerance, discrimination and social injustice are deeply rooted in history and impact our state’s underrepresented communities. We challenge ourselves and our partners to dismantle these barriers on behalf of our Scholars.

Pronouns in Email Signatures

WSOS is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace. We cannot assume a person’s gender identity or personal pronouns based on name or appearance. Asking and correctly using someone’s pronouns shows respect and solidarity. When someone is referred to with the wrong pronoun, it can make them feel invalidated, dismissed and alienated. Additional information about pronouns can be found here.

Board of Directors

Our board includes a team of pioneers, innovators and industry leaders that provide oversight and guidance to propel our organization forward.

Our Team

From Seattle to Spokane, learn more about the people that power our programs.


501 Commons is a proud Partner and Administrator of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.



of Scholars are women


of Scholars are students of color


of Scholars are first generation