HERO advisors increase college readiness for males of color and other underrepresented youth.
Application Dates - Year-round open enrollment.
- Must be in 7th – 10th grades
- Must be in enrolled in one of the following schools:
- Middle School
- Washington Middle
- First Creek Middle
- High School
- Cleveland High
- Foss High
- Garfield High
- Highline High
- Lincoln High
- Mount Tahoma High
- Wilson High
The program promises tuition (at public institution rates) and a small book allowance for income-eligible students who sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, work hard in school, stay out of legal trouble, and successfully apply to a higher education institution when they graduate.
Application Dates - Year-round open enrolment.
You must meet one of the four income standards below when you apply for the College Bound Scholarship.
- Students must sign up by June 30 at the end of their eighth grade year.
- Student is eligible for the federal free- or reduced-price lunch program.
- Student’s family receives basic food/TANF benefits.
- Student is currently in foster care or a dependent of the state and is automatically eligible to apply.
- Does not exceed requirements for family income for 2012-13 academic year
Scholarships awarded will range from $2,500 to $5,000. Some scholarships will be for one year only while others will be renewable for up to three additional years.
Application Dates - February 15, 2013 - April 1, 2013
- Plan to attend, or currently be attending an eligible four-year college or university in Washington State.
- Be a Washington State resident (meeting in-state tuition requirements or eligibility for Washington State financial aid programs).
- Plan to enroll as a college freshman, sophomore, or junior in fall 2013.
- Plan to file or have already filed a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), if eligible.
- Does not exceed requirements for family income for 2011 academic year.
- Maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA through fall quarter/semester.
- Plan to enroll or actually be enrolled full-time as a college student, 12 credits per quarter or equivalent for semester.
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Scholarship awards are for foster youth and amounts range from $2000 to $4000 depending on the college of attendance.
Application Dates - Available this fall
- Be a qualifying foster youth (please see eligibility page for details).
- Be enrolled as a Washington state high school senior and on track to graduate from high school during the 2013-2014 academic year
- Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.0 or greater
- Plan to enroll in college on a full-time basis, beginning the fall term of 2014, and complete a program of study at an eligible, nonprofit accredited public or independent college or university in the state of Washington
- Have resided in Washington state for at least three academic years prior to high school graduation
The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship helps low- and middle-income Washington residents earn bachelor degrees in high employer demand fields and other programs of study in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields as well as health care.
Application Dates - January 2013 - February 2013
- Student must receive (or have received) a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state high school or institution
- Student must be a Washington state resident
- Student must be enrolling as a college freshman, sophomore or junior fall 2013
- Student must be pursuing a high demand, eligible major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) or health care
- Student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) through fall quarter/semester 2012 of at least 2.75
- Student must enroll full-time each term as a college student, which is 12 credits each quarter, equivalent for semester
- Student must submit the 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1, 2013
- Student’s family income (adjusted gross income plus all untaxed income) must be less than or equal to 125% of Washington state median family income.
- Student must be working toward a first bachelor’s degree, (i.e. four-year degree), in a high demand eligible major.
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The state of Washington has created the Passport to College Promise Scholarship Program for foster youth
Application Dates - Year-round open enrolment.
- Student must have spent at least one year in care after your sixteenth birthday.
- Student emancipated from foster care on or after January 1, 2007.
- Student is a Washington resident.
- Student will be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible college by the time you turn 22.
- Student has not earned a bachelor's degree.