The Washington State Opportunity Scholarships were created to assist in the recruitment of students who enter high-need professional fields, such as engineering, science, and health care. More specifically, the goal of this program is to provide financial support to middle- and low- income students who wish to work within the State of Washington after the graduate.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, students must meet a variety of different eligibility criteria. First, the applicant must have received a high school diploma or GED from a school located within Washington State. Students who graduated from high schools in other states are not eligible for this scholarship. In addition, each applicant is required to be a resident of Washington State and must be planning to work towards their first undergraduate degree in order to be considered for funding. Only students who plan to enroll at a college or university that is located within the state of Washington will be eligible for funding. Additionally, students must plan to pursue a high-demand major, such as health care, technology, engineering, or math. Every recipient must enroll on a full-time basis at an eligible institution for the fall semester that follows their graduation from high school. Students must complete the FAFSA application, have a family income that falls within the specified range, apply for tax credits (if eligible), and hold at least a 2.75 grade point average.
In order to apply for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarships, there are a number of steps that students should complete. First, each applicant must submit an online application prior to the February 28th deadline. It is important to note that this deadline requires that all applications be submitted by 5:00 PST, not midnight. There are also a couple additional materials that are required. First, each prospective applicant must submit the FAFSA application. Secondly, all applicants are required to submit official transcripts in order to have their application reviewed. Additional information about these requirements can be found at this website.
These scholarships are renewable provided that students maintain all eligibility requirements. This includes maintaining full-time enrollment, making successful progress towards your degree program, and other requirements. A full list of requirements can be found at this website.
While the exact amount of the scholarship varies depending on your unique financial information, the school you attend, and the number of credits that you are enrolled for, students can expect for this scholarship to significantly defray the cost of their education. In addition to the main scholarship, students who receive the award can also request a scholarship increase. This will give them additional funds in the amount of $2,500 to $7,500 to supplement their current Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. Students are only eligible to request an increase if they have earned at least sixty credits, enrolled in an accredited college or university that considered an eligible institution, and when they have been accepted into a major that considered to be high-demand. Additional information can be found at this website.