The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) is available for Washington students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, math, and health care. We provide students with up to $22,500 in scholarship funding towards a 4-year college degree and connect them with peer and professional mentors to help them achieve success from the first day on campus to their first day on the job.

The 2019 scholarship application is now open!  The deadline to submit an application is February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. This page provides information on key milestones and eligibility requirements.

Current Application Timeline: Key Milestones & Dates

Application Milestone2019-20 Application Date
Application OpensJanuary 3, 2019 at 8 a.m.
Application Deadline February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
Transcripts PostmarkedMarch 4, 2019
FAFSA/WASFA SubmittedMarch 4, 2019
Selection NotificationApril 19, 2019
Acceptance DeadlineMay 3, 2019
Online Orientation DeadlineMay 17, 2019

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

  • RESIDENCY
    • Be a Washington state resident as defined by state Legislature (RCW 28B.15.012).
    • Earn a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state institution by June of the year of application.
  • FINANCIAL NEED
  • ACADEMIC RECORD
    • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) as of application date of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale), demonstrated on either a current college or high school transcript; OR
    • A passing GED score, demonstrated on an official score report.
  • ENROLLMENT PLAN
    • Plan to pursue an eligible science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care major as defined on the list of approved majors.
    • Plan to enroll at an eligible Washington state institution for the fall term following selection as defined on the list of eligible college and universities.
    • Plan to enroll at least half-time (six or more credits) every term. Scholars are not expected to enroll in nor does WSOS fund summer term.
  • PREVIOUS EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
    • Do not yet have a bachelor’s degree.
    • Student must be a high school senior or graduate (high school equivalency), college freshman or college sophomore. If a student has earned any college credit post high-school, they must either: 1) have earned no more than 90 quarter or 60 semester credits; OR 2) have been enrolled in college for no more than six quarters or four semesters.

Application Process

The scholarship application is typically open in January and February. During the open period, interested applicants must complete the application process. For an application to be considered complete, an applicant must:

  1. Complete all sections of the application via the Scholarship Application Portal[1] and click “Submit” by the application deadline.
  2. Postmark transcript to WSOS (1414 31st Ave. S., Suite 302, Seattle, WA 98144) no later than two business days after the application deadline.
  3. Submit the FAFSA or WASFA for the upcoming academic year, no later than two business days after the application deadline.

The application will require approximately 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Applicants may start the application, save progress and return to complete it later up until the application deadline. A sample application from the 2018 application can be found here. Applicants should be prepared to provide details about their academic achievement to date and their plans for future study (college(s) of interest as well as major of interest). Applicants should be prepared to answer two, short essay questions. Essay questions are made available through the Application Toolkit.

[1] Note the link to the Scholarship Application Portal will only be live during the application open period.

Selection & Notification

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for providing the guidance on which factors determine Scholar selection. The criteria upon which selection is based varies year to year but generally include a combination of students’ financial need, intended major of study, demonstrated STEM or health care engagement or interest and academic achievement.

Applicants who are not selected to receive the scholarship will receive email notification in mid-April (see table above for current application timeline). Students who are not selected are invited to reapply in future application periods should they meet eligibility criteria.

Applicants who are selected to receive the scholarship will receive an email in mid-April (see table above for current application timeline) and be mailed an award letter. Selected students will receive further instructions on how to formally accept the scholarship and complete the mandatory online orientation.

Selection notification emails and mailed award letters are sent to the email and mailing address applicants provide on the application; we strongly encourage all applicants to carefully enter their email and mailing address and to add awards@waopportunityscholarship.org to their list of trusted senders.

Acceptance & Orientation

Selected students must complete the acceptance form by early May (see table above for current application timeline). Selected students who fail to meet this deadline will have their offer of support revoked. Instructions for how to complete the acceptance form will be included in the selection offer emails and mailed award letters; to ensure receipt of these instructions, we strongly encourage all applicants to carefully enter their email and mailing address and to add awards@waopportunityscholarship.org to their list of trusted senders.

Following acceptance, Scholars will be required to complete a 30-minute, online orientation by mid-May.

Becoming a Scholar

Selected students who complete the acceptance and orientation will join a cohort of like-minded Washington students who are working to change the face of our high-demand STEM and health care industries. Once in the program, students quickly learn that being an Opportunity Scholar is about more than just money. In addition to receiving a renewable scholarship for up to five years, Scholars will be supported to achieve academic success through our signature Scholar Lead program and prepared for career launch through an industry mentorship in Skills that Shine. To read more about Scholar supports, please visit the Current Scholars section of the website.

Application Toolkit

Eligibility Toolkit

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