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Washington State Opportunity Scholarship – Deadline: April 12 2012

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship was created by the Washington State Legislature in 2011 to address rising tuition at Washington colleges and universities. It is a public-private partnership funded initially with $5 million from the state of Washington. Boeing and Microsoft have committed $50 million combined. The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington State residents earn first bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health care.

This scholarship will provide help to students in families who earn up to 125% of the median family income attain bachelor’s degrees in high employer demand fields including science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care. This expands college financial aid to a greater group of young people beyond the current state need grant which only reaches families with 70% of the median family income.

Application Timeline:

The application period is March 1 through April 16, 2012. Three thousand students will be selected and awards will be made for the 2012-13 academic year. High school seniors through college seniors who plan to attend colleges and universities in Washington State for the entire 2012-13 academic year are eligible to apply. A student must be a Washington State resident, have a 2.75 GPA or higher and have completed a 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to submit an application. These scholarships are $1,000 per year which will be renewable for up to five years for entering college freshmen. Renewal of the scholarship will depend on class standing and meeting renewal criteria.

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