Application Deadline- February 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) is available for Washington students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, math, and health care. We provide students with up to $22,500 in scholarship funding towards a 4-year college degree and connect them with peer and professional mentors to help them achieve success from the first day on campus to their first day on the job.
Eligibility Requirements for Applicants
Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:
- Be a Washington state resident as defined by state Legislature
- Earn a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state institution by June of the year of application.
- FINANCIAL NEED
- File the upcoming academic year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) by the application deadline.
- Apply for Federal Education Tax Credits, if eligible.
- Have total family income (adjusted gross income plus all untaxed income) that does not exceed 125% of Washington state family median income based on family size, as described in this chart.
- ACADEMIC RECORD
- 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.
- ENROLLMENT PLAN
- Plan to pursue an eligible science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care major as defined on the list of approved majors.
- 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.
- PREVIOUS EDUCATION EXPERIENCE
- Do not yet have a bachelor’s degree.
- At time of application, student must be a high school senior or graduate (high school equivalency), college freshman or college sophomore. If a student has earned any college credit post high-school, they must either: 1) have earned no more than 90 quarter or 60 semester credits; OR 2) have been enrolled in college for no more than six quarters or four semesters.
The scholarship application is typically open in January and February. During the open period, interested applicants must complete the application process. For an application to be considered complete, an applicant must:
- Complete all sections of the application via the Scholarship Application Portal and click “Submit” by the application deadline.
- Postmark transcript to WSOS (1414 31st Ave. S., Suite 302, Seattle, WA 98144) no later than two business days after the application deadline.
- Submit the FAFSA or WASFA for the upcoming academic year, no later than two business days after 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 be prepared to provide details about their academic achievement to date and their plans for future study (college(s) of interest as well as major of interest). Applicants should be prepared to answer two, short essay questions. Essay questions are made available through the Application Toolkit.
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