The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees.
The amount of funding that selected students will be eligible to receive each year will vary based on the number of credits they have completed. Please see Award Amounts for additional information.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Must be a Washington state resident (as defined in RCW 28B.15.012)
- Must have earned a high school diploma or GED from a Washington State high school or institution by June 2016.
Please note: If you graduated from high school outside of Washington State, you are not eligible.
- Must be pursuing an eligible high-demand major (by alphabet; by category) in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care.
- Must be working toward a first bachelor’s degree, (i.e. four-year degree).
- Must be enrolling in an eligible Washington state college or university fall term 2016.
Please note: If you will be attending a public community or technical college Fall 2016 that does not offer a four-year degree in your eligible high-demand major you must be planning to transfer to one of the four-year colleges/universities referenced above by the time you have earned 90 quarter credits.
- Must be planning to enroll as a full time college student (12+ credits) fall term 2016.
- Must be a high school senior at the time of application or a college student who will have completed six or fewer quarters, or four or fewer semesters by fall of 2016 as a full-time student (12 or more credits per term).
Please note: College students who will have completed more than six full-time quarters or four full-time semesters of college at the start of fall term 2016 are not eligible. If you are currently in college and completed running start credits while in high school, please count only the quarters/semesters completed after high school graduation.
- Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) through fall quarter or semester 2015 of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
Please note: We understand that The Evergreen State College (TESC) does not issue GPA’s. We have a partnership with The Evergreen State College in which we will determine if you satisfy this requirement. In addition, if you attend a high school that does not provide GPA’s, you are eligible to complete the application, and we will follow up with your high school to determine eligibility.
- Must file the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov or submit the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) at readysetgrad.org/wasfa by Monday, March 7, 2016.
Please note: Students who are eligible to submit the FAFSA due to immigration status must submit the FAFSA in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Students who are ineligible to complete the FAFSA must submit the WASFA instead. Students need not quality for aid, but must apply to one of these applications by the deadline stated.
- Must apply for Federal Education tax credits if eligible.
- Must have a family income (adjusted gross income plus all untaxed income) less than the amount listed by family size on this chart. (Note: Unless you qualified to submit the FAFSA as an independent student, the family income amounts are those reported by your parent(s) on your 2016-17 FAFSA).
The application for 2016-2017 will be available here on January 4, 2016. The online application must be submitted by Monday, February 29, 2016 at 5 p.m. PST.
Remember, in addition to submitting the online application, for your application to be considered, you must also:
- Mail an official transcript, postmarked by Monday, March 7, 2016. See transcript instructions on the Application Checklist.
Please note that many high schools and colleges take up to a couple of weeks to prepare an official transcript, so be sure to request a transcript early. Transcripts must include all grades through fall term 2015. Unofficial transcripts, transcripts without fall 2015 grades, and transcripts postmarked after March 7 will not be accepted.
- File the 2016-2017 FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov or WASFA at readysetgrad.org/wasfa by Monday, March 7, 2016.
You do not need to submit your FAFSA or WASFA information to this scholarship. We will verify with the state that you have submitted the FAFSA or WASFA.
A sample PDF of the 2016-17 application is available for you to preview. This PDF is for previewing the application only and should not be submitted. Students must submit the online application in order to be considered.
Scholarship recipients will be notified in May. For additional information about the application process, see the Application Checklist and Timeline.
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