WSOS is a proven model for addressing the state’s workforce challenges with transparent, measurable outcomes. WSOS will support more than 20,000 Scholars pursue a high-demand trade, health care or STEM degree or credential by 2025. Our Scholars hail from every corner and county of Washington state, bringing with them a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences to our STEM and health care industries.
We believe that innovative industries thrive when they reflect their own communities. We work to create a college to career pipeline that provides opportunities for women and students of color. Of our most recently awarded cohort of Baccalaureate Scholars, 61% are women, 64% are students of color and 65% are first-generation college students.
We believe education is a life-changing opportunity that can break the cycle of generational poverty. The average family income of our most recently awarded cohort of Baccalaureate Scholars was just over $41,000 at the time of acceptance into WSOS, while the average salary of recent WSOS graduates employed full-time is $62,297. Nearly all WSOS Baccalaureate graduates are employed or in graduate school (94%), and most (81%) live in Washington state.
WSOS has earned bi-partisan support based on the outcomes and progress we’ve made towards our goals. Our annual Legislative Report provides an overview of the demographic, gender, socioeconomic, age and regional characteristics of WSOS Scholar cohorts since the scholarship was first created in 2011.
The report demonstrates how our unique, public-private partnership model continues to build better pathways and improve student outcomes for low- and -middle income Washington students studying high-demand fields in Washington state.