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The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington State residents earn first bachelor’s degrees. More than 750 scholarships will be awarded to new students who will be college freshmen, sophomores or juniors fall of the 2013-14 academic year. These students will receive $1,000 renewable scholarship each year, (provided they continue to meet the renewal criteria), to help in their pursuit of four-year degrees in the following eligible high demand programs of study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) or Health Care.
- January 7, 2013 – On-line application available
- 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013 – On-line application deadline
- 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013 – Deadline for official transcripts to be postmarked
- March 1, 2013 – Deadline for FAFSA to be filed
- May 1, 2013 – Applicants will begin to be notified of selection decisions
- Student must receive (or have received) a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state high school or institution
- Student must be a Washington state resident (as defined in RCW 28B.15.012)
- Student must be enrolling as a college freshman, sophomore or junior fall 2013
- Student must be pursuing a high demand, eligible major (by alphabet; by category) in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or health care
Please note: If you will be attending a public community or technical college fall 2013 that does not offer a four-year degree in your high demand, eligible major, you must transfer to an eligible four-year college/university that does by fall 2015
- Student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) through fall quarter/semester 2012 of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)
- Student must enroll full-time each term as a college student, which is 12 credits each quarter, equivalent for semester
- Student must submit the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov by March 1, 2013
- Student’s family income (adjusted gross income plus all untaxed income) must be less than or equal to 125% of Washington state median family income. (Note: Unless you qualified to submit the FAFSA as an independent student, the family income amounts are those reported by your parent(s) on your 2013-2014 FAFSA)
- Student must be working toward a first bachelor’s degree, (i.e. four-year degree), in a high demand eligible major (by alphabet; by category) from an eligible Washington State college/university
New applicants Apply Now – Deadline 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013
If you were selected last year, you will need to complete a renewal application which will be available June 1, 2013. For additional information on renewal requirements please click here.