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College Success Foundation Scholars Program

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Scholars Program

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) was created in 2011 to address unfilled seats in high-demand sectors that drive Washington’s economy like aerospace, engineering, technology, and health care as well as rising tuition costs at Washington colleges and universities. Businesses and the Washington State Legislature joined forces to fulfill the promise of better education and career opportunities for Washington students. Together they have created a unique public-private partnership, with significant support from founding partners Boeing and Microsoft and matching dollars from the State.

WSOS supports Washington students from low- and middle-income households to attain bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields including science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care through scholarships of up to $22,500 as well as professional development, skills-building workshops and genuine industry exposure to help increase the rate at which students enter our state’s workforce.

Washington State Opportunity Scholars Approach

Remove Barriers

The most common barrier to higher education is removed by providing college scholarships for students pursuing high-demand fields.

Champion Scholars

Once enrolled in college, scholars can access support from Program Officers and additional resources to help them persist and graduate on time.

Launch Competitive Professionals

A variety of professional development and mentorship opportunities allow students to sharpen their skill sets and enter the workforce as credentialed and competitive as their peers.


Program Support for WSOS Scholars
  • Academic advising
  • Career development planning and support
  • Referrals to campus and community resources

Implementation of Program Support is provided by the Director of College Success Programs, Maria de Jesus Dixon, with the assistance of the Academic Success and Career Center and the Office of Undergraduate Education.  All other support is provided by Dr. Terrie Ashby-Scott, Theresa Britschgi and Stan Pichinevskiy of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Program.


Contact Information

Maria de Jesus Dixon, Director, College Success Programs



Dr. Terrie Ashby-Scott, Scholar Success Director



Theresa Britschgi, Scholar Placement Director



Stan Pichinevskiy, Scholar Placement Manager


Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Program

Washington State University