HERO advisors increase college readiness for males of color and other underrepresented youth.
Application Deadline - Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
- Must be a freshman or sophomore in high school
- Must be in enrolled in one of the following schools:
- High School
- Henry Foss High School - Tacoma
- Highline High School - Highline
- Mount Tahoma High School - Tacoma
- Wilson High School - Tacoma
- Evergreen Educational Complex - Highline
- Arts & Academics Academy
- Health Sciences & Human Services High School
- Technology, Engineering & Communications High School
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 2015-16 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 - January - February 2016
- 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 2015.
- 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 2015 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.
Scholarship awards are for foster youth and amounts range from $2000 to $4000 depending on the college of attendance.
Application Dates - January - February
- 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 2014-2015 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 2015, 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 (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington State once they complete their degrees.
Selected students will receive $2,500 per year depending on class standing. Funding is renewable for up to five years depending on class standing at the time of application.
Application Dates - January 4, 2016 - February 29, 2016
- Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Must be a Washington state resident (as defined in RCW 28B.15.012)
- Must have earned a high school diploma or GED from a Washington state high school or institution by June 2016.
Please note: If you graduated from high school outside of Washington State, you are not eligible.
- Must be pursuing an eligible high-demand major (by alphabet; by category) in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care.
- Must be working toward a first bachelor's degree, (i.e. four-year degree).
- Must be enrolling in an eligible Washington state college or university fall term 2016.
- Must be a high school senior, or a college freshman or sophmore at the time of application or a college student who will have completed six or fewer quarters, or four or fewer semesters by fall of 2016 as a full-time student (12 or more credits per term).
Please note: College students who will have completed more than six full-time quarters or four full-time semesters of college at the start of fall term 2016 are not eligible. If you are currently in college and completed running start credits while in high school, please count only the quarters/semesters completed after high school graduation.
- Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) through fall quarter or semester 2015 of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
Please note: We understand that The Evergreen State College (TESC) does not issue GPA's. We have a partnership with The Evergreen State College in which we will determine if you satisfy this requirement. In addition, if you attend a high school that does not provide GPA's, you are eligible to complete the application, and we will follow up with your high school to determine eligibility.
- Must submit the 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov by March 7, 2016.
Please note: Students who are eligible to submit the FAFSA due to immigration status must submit the FAFSA in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Students who are ineligible to complete the FAFSA must submit the WASFA instead. Students need not qualify for aid, but must apply to one of these applications by the deadline stated.
- Must apply for Federal Education tax credits if eligible.
- Must have a family income (adjusted gross income plus all untaxed income) less than the amount listed by family size on this chart. (Note: Unless you qualified to submit the FAFSA as an independent student, the family income amounts are those reported by your parent(s) on your 2016-17 FAFSA).
The state of Washington has created the Passport to College Promise Scholarship Program for foster youth
Application Dates - Year-round open enrollment.
- 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.