Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) Applicants
Spring 2023 Career & Technical Scholarship recipients have been selected!
All applicants were notified of their selection status by e-mail. Selected applicants must follow the link in their email to accept their award by March 12, 2023.
- CTS applicants no longer need to have earned their high school diploma or GED from a Washington state institution. They just need to be Washington residents with a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Rural Jobs Initiative (RJI) applicants can now attend any community and technical college campus, so long as they're a resident of a rural county. Rural counties include all counties in Washington EXCEPT King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Thurston, Clark, Benton and Spokane. Note that applicants qualifying under the small school provision will still need to attend a campus located in a rural county.
The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, STEM, and health care occupations. To be eligible, Scholars must enroll in an approved program, such as welding, manufacturing, or IT, at one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges or with an approved apprenticeship program sponsor. Scholars are eligible to receive up to $1,500 each quarter for the duration of their associate degree, certificate, or apprenticeship program. These scholarship funds are flexible and can be used to cover tuition, fees, and other costs of attendance, such as housing, transportation, food, and more.
Scholars that intend to earn their bachelor's degree after the completion of their program are not eligible for CTS and are instead encouraged to review the Baccalaureate Scholarship (BaS).
The information below describes the application timeline, eligibility requirements, and application requirements.
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 milestone||Winter Quarter Dates||Spring Quarter Dates||Fall Quarter Dates|
|Application opens||September 21, 2022||January 4, 2023||April 12, 2023|
|Application deadline||October 23, 2022||February 5, 2023||June 6, 2023|
|FAFSA/WASFA submitted||October 28, 2022||February 5, 2023||June 6, 2023|
|Selection notification||November 2022||March 2023||July 2023|
Applicants for the scholarship must meet all of 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.
- FINANCIAL NEED
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) for the relevant academic year by the application deadline.
- Apply for Federal Education Tax Credits if eligible.
- Have a family income at or below 125% of Washington state median family income based on family size.
- ENROLLMENT PLAN
- PREVIOUS EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
- Do not have a bachelor’s degree.
- For the Career and Technical Scholarship, an applicant must have received his or her high school diploma or high school equivalency certificate. The diploma or high school equivalency does not need to be from a Washington state institution.
For your application to be considered eligible, you must complete the following steps by the application deadline:
Need help preparing for the short answer section of the application? Use the short answer section guide to view example answers and guiding points as you prepare for the short answer section of the application.
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 are sent to the email address applicants provide on the application; we strongly encourage all applicants to carefully enter their email and to add firstname.lastname@example.org to their list of trusted senders.
The Rural Jobs Initiative (RJI) connects rural communities to the skills they need to access opportunities in their own backyards. RJI was created in recognition that rural residents face considerable barriers in accessing community and technical colleges, and rural communities struggle to attract and retain talent.
Our goal is to ensure those farthest from the state’s community and technical colleges have a path to earning a credential that will lead to a high-demand job in their rural community.
Eligible programs are carefully cultivated to represent the unique needs of each rural community and in recognition of the barriers facing rural students. We support programs that are short-duration, online, locally based and lead to jobs in that Scholar’s rural community.
Recipients of the Rural Jobs Initiative will receive an additional $2,000 in their first quarter, $1,000 in their second quarter and $500 per quarter for the remainder of their program.
Eligibility for the Rural Jobs initiative:
- Have a family income that does not exceed 70% Washington state median family income adjusted for family size.
- Be enrolled in a certificate, degree, or other industry-recognized credential or training program that prepares students for a high-employer-demand field.
We ask 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 email@example.com 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.
- Submit the
Applying for CTS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Looking for community, campus or professional development resources?
Visit the WSOS Resource Guide for Career and Technical Scholars.
WSOS is taking every effort to support CTS applicants during the COVID-19 pandemic. With thousands in our state out of work, WSOS is an important tool to help Washington get back to work and into economic and financial recovery. CTS is available to residents of any age who are out of work or looking to reskill, as well as to high school seniors looking to continue their education. Our funds are flexible, and we provide support beyond tuition to cover costs such as transportation, medical bills, food and housing.
If you have any concerns or questions please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we’ve compiled this list of resources to help students maintain their financial, mental and physical health and well-being. We encourage any Scholars or applicants whose financial status has changed significantly to talk to the financial aid office at their college to see if there is a possibility to adjust their award level and access more support.
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