Washington State Opportunity Scholarship – Career & Technical Scholarship

The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) supports Washington students on their path to high-demand trade, health care and STEM occupations. To be eligible, scholars must enroll in an approved program, such as welding, nursing 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 program, as well as support services.

The information below describes the application timeline, eligibility requirements and application requirements.

2019-20 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 Fall Quarter Dates Winter Quarter Dates Spring Quarter Dates
Application opens May 20, 2019 at noon October 2019 January 2020
Application deadline July 12, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. November 2019 February 2020
Transcripts/GED scores (if applicable) July 12, 2019 November 2019 February 2020
FAFSA/WASFA submitted July 12, 2019 November 2019 February 2020
Selection notification August 9, 2019 December 2019 March 2020

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

RESIDENCY

  • Be a Washington state resident as defined by the state.
  • Earn a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state institution before the application deadline.

FINANCIAL NEED

ENROLLMENT PLAN

PREVIOUS EDUCATION EXPERIENCE

  • Do not have a bachelor’s degree.

Application Process

The fall 2019 application opens on May 20. During the open application period, interested applicants must complete the entire application process if they want their application to be considered. For an application to be complete, an applicant must:

  1. Complete all sections of the application via the Scholarship Application Portal and click “Submit” by the application deadline.
  2. If applicable, mail a copy of your unofficial transcript or GED scores to WSOS: 1414 31st Ave S., Suite 302, Seattle, WA 98144. Not sure if this applies to you? Click here to learn more!
  3. Submit the FAFSA or WASFA for the relevant academic year by 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 know what college they will enroll in and what program they intend to complete. Applicants should also be prepared to answer an essay question designed to help WSOS understand the unique challenges they have faced and worked to overcome.

For more information about each of the application components, including guidance for the essay, see the CTS Application Toolkit.

Link to Application:

https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/ctsapplication