Our Story

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) was created in 2011 to address unfilled seats in the high-demand sectors that drive our economy like aerospace, engineering, technology and health care as well as rising tuition costs at Washington colleges and universities. Businesses and the Washington State Legislature joined forces to fulfill the promise of better education and career opportunities for Washington students. Together they have created a unique public-private partnership, with significant support from founding partners Boeing and Microsoft and matching dollars from the State.

This first-of-its-kind program supports Washington students from low- and middle-income households to attain bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields including science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care through scholarships of up to $22,500 as well as professional development, skills-building workshops and genuine industry exposure to help increase the rate at which students enter our state's workforce.

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WSOS By the Numbers:

  • Over 5,500 students have received support from WSOS since its inception
  • 52% of Scholars are the first in the family to attend college
  • Over 60% are women
  • Nearly 1,500 Scholars have graduated to date, with two-thirds employed or seeking an advanced degree in their field
  • Of graduates employed in their field, nearly 90% remain in Washington state



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