New STEM Scholarships Announced for Skagit Students!

Don't miss the opportunity to apply for two new STEM education scholarships that are available to Skagit students through the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) initiative and Skagit Valley College!


"These are huge opportunities for Skagit students to pursue high demand careers at our community and technical colleges," said Michelle Judson, Director of the Skagit STEM Network. "The scholarship are a tremendous compliment to the WSOS spring program, which allows low- and middle-income students to pursue high-demand science, technology engineering, math or health care degrees at eligible Washington state colleges and universities."


Career and Technical Scholarships

The new WSOS 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 - including Skagit Valley College! Scholars are eligible to receive $1,500 each quarter for the duration of their program, as well as support services. The fall 2019 application is now open and will close July 12, 2019.


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.


For more information click here.


Skagit Valley STEM Scholarships

Skagit Valley College wants to pay you for a career in STEM!


The new Cardinal STEM Scholars’ Program will provide students with unmet costs of up to $5,700 per year, thanks to a $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. This allows students to attend the College full-time and earn a transfer degree in science, technology, engineering and math.


The Cardinal STEM Scholars Program will help cover the cost of attendance at SVC not covered by financial aid. It will also provide a STEM Fellowship experience including faculty mentoring, peer support and STEM experiences.


The program will provide support for two years, but students must reapply each year.


Application Deadline for the Fall 2019 Cardinal STEM Scholars Program is July 15, 2019.


Please contact or for more information.





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

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