Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) Applicants
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. 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. Learn more about BaS here.
The information below describes the application timeline, eligibility requirements and application requirements. Haga clic aquí para obtener más información en español.
Applying for CTS during the COVID-19 Pandemic
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 this fall. 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 read the FAQ below or reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Will I be negatively impacted if my spring quarter grades are pass/fail?
A: We recognize that many schools are moving to pass/fail models for spring coursework. This will not disadvantage any applicant’s likelihood of being accepted to WSOS.
Q: What’s the best way to send transcripts during the pandemic?
A: For those required to submit a transcript or score report, WSOS recommends uploading it electronically as part of the application. While we can accept transcripts sent from any mail carrier, if transcripts need to be mailed in we recommend sending them via USPS postal mail (from a post office). Please note: Many applicants, such as high school seniors, are not required to submit a transcript. See the Transcript Requirements Chart to see which applicants are required to submit a transcript.
Q: Should I still apply for funding even if I’m not sure if my program will be offered due to campus closures related to COVID-19?
A: Absolutely. Applicants should feel comfortable applying for any eligible program. If your program is not available this fall, we will either hold your award until the campus reopens its programs or allow you to enroll in an available eligible program.
Q: How is WSOS supporting current Scholars during the pandemic and are there plans to provide additional resources?
A: We are in regular communication with Scholars and providing uninterrupted access to their scholarship dollars and support services. 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.
2020-21 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||Fall Quarter Dates||Winter Quarter Dates||Spring Quarter Dates|
|Application opens||April 6, 2020||September 2020||January 2021|
|Application deadline||June 4, 2020||October 2020||February 2021|
|Transcripts/GED scores (if applicable)||June 4, 2020||October 2020||February 2021|
|FAFSA/WASFA submitted||June 4, 2020||October 2020||February 2021|
|Selection notification||July 2020||November 2020||March 2021|
Applicants for the scholarship must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a Washington state resident as defined by the state.
- 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.
NEW THIS YEAR!
Career and Technical Scholarship applicants interested in pursuing an eligible degree, certificate or apprenticeship program who meet the criteria below will be considered for additional financial aid and support services through the Rural Jobs initiative. Rural Jobs is an initiative of the Career and Technical Scholarship program, which was established by legislators in 2018 to meet the workforce needs of business and industry in rural counties. Eligible applicants will be identified automatically when they apply for CTS. No extra steps are required for consideration! More details about the initiative will be provided in early summer 2020.
Eligibility for the Rural Jobs initiative:
- Be a resident of a rural county or graduate from a high school in a smaller district. All counties in Washington meet the legislative definition for rural EXCEPT King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Thurston, Clark, Benton and Spokane. Eligible high schools are those within a school district with fewer than 2,000 enrolled students.
- Be a resident student eligible for in-state tuition.
- Be enrolled at one of Washington's community and technical colleges also located in a rural county. Eligible campuses include: Bellingham Technical College, Big Bend Community College, Centralia College, Columbia Basin College, Grays Harbor College, Lower Columbia College, Olympic College* (Shelton campus only), Peninsula College, Skagit Valley College, Spokane Community College (Colville, Inchelium, Ione, Newport and Republic campuses only), Walla Walla Community College, Wenatchee Valley College, Whatcom Community College and Yakima Valley College.
- Be enrolled in a certificate, degree, or other industry-recognized credential or training program that prepares students for a high-employer-demand field.
- Have a family income that does not exceed 70% Washington state median family income adjusted for family size.
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.
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.
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