WSOS Scholarships applications available through February 28

Last year, a record 53 students from Skagit County received $1,192,000 in STEM-Focused Scholarship Funding through the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS). Each student received a maximum of $22,500 towards their in-state bachelor's degree. Students from every Skagit County school district received scholarships! 


In 2019, WSOS will select applicants in Washington to receive new scholarships awards and career-building programs to low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible, high-demand science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health care majors in Washington State. If you are curious, innovative, analytical, and/or resourceful, this is an incredible opportunity to join a community committed to you and the economic development of our state.


The WSOS application will be available through the WSOS website through February 28, 2019. Click here to learn more.


"This is a fantastic opportunity for our Skagit students," said Michelle Judson, Skagit STEM Network Director. "The scholarships will enable our students to earn high-demand degrees, providing them with the technical and critical skills needed to thrive in today's jobs and excel in the unknown jobs of tomorrow."


Read more about the 2018 scholarship recipients here.





The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

  • Nonprofit membership organization that provides engineering scholarships and other educational resources


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

  • Nonprofit membership organization that provides STEM scholarships, networking opportunities, competitive opportunities, and other educational resources




SMART Scholarship Program (

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM-related field
    • Able to participate in summer internships at Department of Defense
    • Willing to work at Department of Defense after graduation (one year of employment for every one year of receiving award)
    • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at time of award
    • Must be a current undergraduate or graduate student. 
    • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Benefits
    • Full tuition and education-related fees
    • Stipend of $25,000 to $38,000
    • Summer research internship opportunities
    • Health insurance allowance up to $1,200 per calendar year
    • Miscellaneous supplies allowance of $1,000 per academic year
    • Mentoring
    • Post-graduation employment placement at the Department of Defense
  • Sample Application Question
    • Please discuss each of the following:
      • The factors and experiences that led you to choose your field of study
      • Specific challenges or problems in your field that most interest you and why


The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Scholarships (

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Must be a current AIAA student member
    • Must have completed at least one academic semester of fulltime college work
    • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.3
    • Must be pursuing a science or engineering degree
  • Benefits
    • Various financial awards ranging from $500 to $5,000
  • Sample Application Question
    • What are your career objectives, and what is your academic plan to achieve these objectives?

Siemens Competition (

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • High school student in good standing
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Submit research project on topic in field of mathematics, engineering, or biological or physical sciences
  • Benefits
    • Financial awards ranging from $1,000 to $100,000


Regeneron Science Talent Search (

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • High school senior at school in U.S. or U.S. territory
    • High school senior and U.S. citizen at an accredited American or international school overseas
    • Submit an independent research project in a STEM-related field
  • Benefits
    • Financial awards ranging from $2,500 to $250,000


Women Techmakers Scholars Program (

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Identify as female
    • Fulltime student in a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program at a university in the U.S. or Canada
    • Studying computer science, computer engineering, or a closely related technical field
    • Demonstrate strong academic record
    • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science
  • Benefits
    • $10,000 financial award
    • Invitation to a Google Scholars’ Retreat, which provides opportunities to participate in workshops and network with Google employees and fellow scholars
    • Mentorship


Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (

  • Eligibility Requirements
    • Washington state resident
    • High school senior or college student with fewer than four semesters of credit
    • Received or will receive a diploma or GED from a Washington state high school
    • Planning to enroll as fulltime college student
    • Pursuing or planning to pursue a high-demand major in STEM or healthcare field
    • Minimum GPA of 2.75
    • Maximum family income requirements based on family size
  • Benefits
    • Financial award of $2,500 to $7,500 per year for one to three years
  • Sample Essay Question
    • Describe a personal experience that has sparked your interest in a STEM or healthcare degree.


Source: Washington State STEM

Skagit STEM Network

Planning Partners

Sedro-Woolley School District

City of Sedro-Woolley

Port of Skagit


Janicki Industries

PeaceHealth/United General Hospital

Skagit Valley College


Community-based Organizations

Planning Partners

Boy Scouts of America, Mount Baker Council

Children's Museum of Skagit County

Community Action of Skagit County

Girl Scouts of Western Washington

Junior Achievement of Washington

Northwest Innovation Resource Center

Northwest WorkForce Council

Skagit Community Foundation

Skagit County Child and Family Consortium


Skagit School District Partners





La Conner

Mount Vernon



Other Skagit School Partners

Immaculate Conception Regional School



KSVR Radio


Skagit County

Skagit Publishing

Rep. Rick Larsen

Contact Us:

Shaun Doffing

Career Connected Learning Coordinator 

Skagit STEM Network

(360) 941-6929 

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene kicked off the second annual Spotlight on Women in STEM that attracted nearly 400 area junior and high school students from all Skagit schools. She shared her journey in STEM fields. “As someone who made a career in STEM before coming to Congress, I know how important it is for young women to develop the skills to compete in a 21st century economy,” she said. “Understanding how things work will benefit you wherever you go! I want to encourage you to pursue your passion.”

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