Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) Applicants

The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, health care and STEM occupations. To be eligible, scholars must enroll in an approved program, such as welding, nursing or IT, at one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. Scholars are eligible to receive up to $1,500 each quarter for the duration of their program, as well as support services.

The information below describes the application timeline, eligibility requirements and application requirements. Click here to view this information in Spanish.

2019-20 Application Timeline: Key Milestones & Dates

WSOS accepts applications for the CTS three times each academic year. Approximately half of the scholarships are awarded for the fall, with the other half awarded between the winter and spring. The table below shows the timelines for each scholarship window.

Application milestoneFall Quarter DatesWinter Quarter DatesSpring Quarter Dates
Application opensMay 20, 2019 at noonOctober 2019January 2020
Application deadlineJuly 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.November 2019February 2020
Transcripts/GED scores (if applicable)July 12, 2019November 2019February 2020
FAFSA/WASFA submittedJuly 12, 2019November 2019February 2020
Selection notificationAugust 9, 2019December 2019March 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

In the pilot year of our new Career and Technical Scholarship, we are asking partners and stakeholders around the state to help us ensure we support trade, health care and STEM programs that reflect local workforce needs. Please contact awards@waopportunityscholarship.org if you would like to recommend an associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship program to add to the list. WSOS will consider adding programs that can be verified as high-demand through data and other evidence.

Application Process

The Career and Technical Scholarship application for fall 2019 is now closed. Please review the 2019-20 Application Timeline above to learn more about when we will notify selected Scholars and reopen the application for the next application cycle.

Interested applicants must complete the entire application process if they to be considered. Applicants must:

  1. Complete all application sections via the Scholarship Application Portal and click “Submit” by the application deadline.
  2. If applicable, mail a copy of your unofficial transcript or GED scores to WSOS: 1414 31st Ave S., Suite 302, Seattle, WA 98144. Not sure if this applies to you? Click here to learn more!
  3. Submit the FAFSA or WASFA for the relevant academic year by 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. Applicants should know what college they will enroll in and what program they intend to complete. Applicants should also be prepared to answer an essay question designed to help WSOS understand the unique challenges they have faced and worked to overcome.

For more information about each of the application components, including guidance for the essay, see the CTS Application Toolkit.

Selection & Notification

The Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for deciding 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 program of study and academic achievement.

Applicants will be notified about the selection decision by the date listed on the table above. Students who are not selected are invited to reapply in future application periods if they meet eligibility criteria.

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.

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