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Applications sought for $3 million in 2012 scholarships

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 19, 2012 at 11:14 am |
March 19, 2012 11:25 am

Students have a little less than a month to apply for the state’s new scholarship program for college students in high-demand fields such as science, technology, math, engineering and health care.

It’s meant to counter rising tuition, which could eventually go up even more for those fields than for typical majors (but probably not this year, as I wrote in today’s story).

Go here to apply for the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, through April 16. The Legislature created the grant last year with plans to build an endowment funded by corporate gifts, starting with $50 million from Boeing and Microsoft. The board running it says it is taking applications for 3,000 scholarships of $1,000 in the 2012-2013 school year — renewable for up to five years.

Details of who’s eligible, from the news release:

High school seniors through college seniors who plan to attend colleges and universities in Washington for the entire 2012-13 academic year are eligible to apply. A student must be a Washington resident, have a 2.75 GPA or higher and have completed a 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to submit an application. The Opportunity Scholarship is available to students in families who earn up to 125 percent of the median family income. This expands college financial aid to a greater group of young people beyond the current state need grant, which only reaches families with 70 percent of the median family income.

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