The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship is renewable for up to five years of support. All current Scholars must maintain their eligibility throughout the lifetime of their scholarship to remain enrolled. Every current Scholar must complete the renewal process each year between May 1 and July 1 by logging in to the Renewal/Graduation Portal. The portal will open on May 1.
Even Scholars who have graduated or are graduating are encouraged to complete the process to let us know they have completed their bachelor’s degree so we can report on the success of our program to donors and legislators. This protects funding for future Scholars to receive support.
Additionally, Scholars who do not wish to renew their scholarship for the coming academic year should still complete the process to minimize the number of reminder emails, phone calls and text messages they will receive. This also helps us understand why students don’t renew their scholarship so we can improve our program supports.
During the renewal process, Scholars are asked to provide evidence that during the prior year they met the ongoing requirements of the scholarship. All annual requirements are intended to ensure Scholars remain committed to a STEM or health care field and make progress toward their degree. The specific requirements Scholars will be asked to demonstrate during the annual renewal process are outlined below:
- REMAIN COMMITTED TO A STEM OR HEALTH CARE FIELD
- Pursue an eligible science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care major as defined on our list of approved majors. During the renewal, all Scholars will confirm their current major.
- Enroll in at least one science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or health care course every year. Scholars can take a STEM or health care course at any point during the academic year (fall, winter or spring term). Scholars will need to upload a copy of their most-recent, unofficial transcript to verify the STEM or health care course in which they enrolled during the prior academic year.
- MAKE PROGRESS TOWARD A DEGREE
- Enroll at an eligible Washington state institution (as defined on our list of eligible colleges and universities) and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree.
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): Scholars must meet their college or university’s SAP policy. These policies differ between institutions; Scholars can confirm their institution’s GPA and minimum credit completion requirements with the financial aid office on campus.
- Enroll at least half-time (6 or more credits) every term. Financial aid offices will refund scholarship funds disbursed to students attending less than half-time. Scholars will commit to enroll at least half-time during the renewal process. Scholars enrolled less than half time should review the WSOS Leave of Absence Scholar are not expected to enroll in nor does WSOS fund summer term.
- SEEK ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT
- File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) by July 1 each year.
- Apply for Federal Education Tax Credits, if eligible. Each Scholar or family who is eligible to do so must take advantage of the available federal education tax credits when filing their annual tax return. WSOS cannot verify eligibility for this tax credit
DEADLINE FOR RENEWAL
We recommend Current Scholars aim to complete the annual renewal process by as soon as possible. Scholars who do not complete the annual renewal process by the final deadline on July 1, will be withdrawn and forfeit future scholarship funding.