The Baccalaureate Scholarship application is now closed. Applicants will be notified of selection by email at the end of the month in April 2023.

The Baccalaureate Scholarship provides up to $22,500 in financial aid support and access to career-launching support services for students pursuing high-demand STEM and health care majors. This scholarship can be used to cover tuition, fees and other indirect costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more. Funding can be used for any eligible STEM or health care degree at any eligible public or private college or university in Washington state.


Scholars that do not intend to earn their bachelor’s degree are not eligible for the Baccalaureate Scholarship and are instead encouraged to review the Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS). Learn more about CTS here.

2023 Application Timeline: Key Milestones & Dates

Application MilestoneApplication Dates
Application OpensJanuary 4, 2023
Application Deadline February 28, 2023
FAFSA or WASFA Submission DeadlineFebruary 28, 2023
Selection NotificationApril 2023
Acceptance DeadlineApril 2023

Eligibility Requirements for Applicants

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

    • To be eligible for WSOS, a student must be a Washington resident. Students who are Washington residents pay resident (in-state) tuition and fees at all public colleges and universities, and in most cases, a Washington resident is someone who lives in the state for one year immediately prior to starting their college or program. 
    • However, there are other ways to be considered a resident. Applicants with questions should consult their financial aid offices and review the definition of a Washington resident that is outlined in RCW  28B.15.012(2) (a) through (e) and outlined in the WSOS residency summary. 
    • Please read the WSOS residency summary to determine if you are a Washington resident. 
    • 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.
    • Plan to pursue an eligible science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care major as defined on the eligible majors list.
    • 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.
    • Do not yet have a bachelor’s degree.
    • Earn a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state institution (RCW 28B.145.010(8)(a)) by June of the year of application.
    • Applicant must currently be a:
      • High school senior or graduate (high school equivalency)
      • College freshman or college sophomore. If the applicant has completed any college terms or college credits post high-school, they must meet either the maximum term OR maximum credit requirement stated below:
        1. Maximum Terms Completed: The applicant must have completed no more than six quarters or four semesters of college at the end of the current academic year; OR
        2. Maximum Credits Earned: The applicant must have earned no more than 90 quarter or 60 semester credits at the end of the current academic year
      • If you are still unsure, we recommend on using this credit/term eligibility flowchart to determine if you are eligible to apply.

Application Process

Interested applicants must complete the entire application process. Applicants must:

  1. Complete all application sections by the application deadline.
  2. Submit the FAFSA or WASFA for the relevant academic year by the deadline on the application timeline.

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. Applicants should know what college they expect to attend and what major they intend to complete before beginning their application.

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 will be notified about the selection decision by April 19 (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. Selected students will receive further instructions on how to formally accept the scholarship and complete the mandatory online orientation.

Selection notification emails are sent to the email address applicants provide on the application; we strongly encourage all applicants to carefully enter their email and to add to their list of trusted senders.

Acceptance & Orientation

Selected applicants must accept the scholarship by the acceptance deadline in the timeline above. Instructions for how to accept the scholarship 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 to their list of trusted senders. Scholars will also be required to complete a short online orientation. Selected applicants who do not accept the scholarship or complete the orientation will not receive their scholarship.

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.

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