Washington State Opportunity Scholarship – Career & Technical Scholarship

Apply now for the Career and Technical Scholarship provided by the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship program! The Career and Technical Scholarship (CTS) provides Washington state residents with $1,500 per quarter towards an eligible associate degree, certificate or apprenticeship in a trade, STEM or health care field. Funding can be used at any Washington state community or technical college and can be used to cover tuition, fees and other costs of attendance such as housing, transportation, food and more.

The application closes June 4th for Fall 2020 quarter! 

Access the application here: https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/ctsapplicationfall 

2020-21 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 April 6, 2020 September 2020 January 2021
Application deadline June 4, 2020 October 2020 February 2021
Transcripts/GED scores (if applicable) June 4, 2020 October 2020 February 2021
FAFSA/WASFA submitted June 4, 2020 October 2020 February 2021
Selection notification July 2020 November 2020 March 2021

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:


  • 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.




  • 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.

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