WSOS removes barriers to education and helps Washington students forge their path to high-demand STEM and trade careers in Washington state. Opportunity Scholars receive financial assistance, career training and mentorship services that uniquely position them to meet our state's workforce shortages. Our outcomes prove that our model works.

  • 67% of our Scholars are first-generation college students
  • 70% are students of color
  • 57% are women

As of November 1, 2022, more than 8,000 Scholars have graduated across our scholarship programs in the fields our economy needs most. Private sector investment amplified dollar-for-dollar by the state of Washington has launched:

  • 1,400+ scientists
  • 1,500+ healthcare professionals
  • 1,500+ engineers
  • 1,000+ computer scientists
  • 100s of technicians in the trades, IT and more

Our 2022 Legislative Report is now available. This annual report provides an overview of the demographic, gender, socioeconomic, age and regional characteristics of all Opportunity Scholars since the scholarship was first created in 2011.



of Scholars are women


of Scholars are students of color


of Scholars are first generation