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The application for the Career & Technical Scholarship is open now until February 6, 2022!

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.

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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. Our funds are flexible, and we provide support beyond tuition to cover costs such as transportation, medical bills, food and housing.

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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.

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 Winter Quarter Dates Spring Quarter Dates Fall Quarter Dates
Application opens September 21, 2021 January 5, 2022 TBA
Application deadline October 24, 2021 February 6, 2022 TBA
FAFSA/WASFA submitted October 21, 2021 February 6, 2022 TBA
Selection notification December 2021 March 2022 TBA

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the scholarship must meet all of the following criteria:

Application Process

Interested applicants must complete the entire application process if they are to be considered. Applicants must:

  1. Complete all sections of the online application.
  2. Submit the FAFSA or WASFA for the relevant academic year by the application deadline.
The application will require approximately 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Applicants may start the application, save progress and return to complete it later up until the application deadline.
Applicants should know what college they will enroll in and what program they intend to complete. For more information about each of the application components, see the CTS Application Toolkit.