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December 21, 2017
Scholar Solomon Muche is studying bioengineering at the UW.Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
In an effort to grow the pipeline of Washington students who will graduate and enter high-demand STEM and health care fields, a public-private partnership was initiated in 2011 to support low- and middle-income students as they earn their bachelor’s degrees and enter the workforce.
Now serving its sixth cohort of students, the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship has helped more than 8,400 students attend the state’s universities and colleges. The University of Washington has the largest number of scholarship recipients — 1,426 — and has seen more than 1,100 scholarship students graduate, also the largest number among the state’s higher-education institutions.
Additionally, UW Bothell has enrolled 132 scholarship students and UW Tacoma has enrolled 121 students over the program’s six years. In total, 1,679 students receiving the scholarship have attended the UW across all three campuses.
“The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship represents a deep and abiding commitment by our state to high-quality education resolutions for all of our students, with needed attention to those from low- and middle-income backgrounds,” said Ed Taylor, vice provost and dean of undergraduate academic affairs at the UW. “With the help of clear and dependable opportunities for STEM training, we increase the likelihood that we will generate opportunities for promising young scholars who are supported by an innovative environment that has become a hallmark of the state of Washington.”
The demographics of this year’s scholarship cohort reflect the growing diversity of the state as well as the UW’s commitment to diversity and access. According to the program’s annual report to the legislature this month, 72 percent are first-generation college students, 73 percent are students of color and 60 percent of new scholars are female. This year’s 1,751 scholars come from 38 of Washington’s 39 counties.
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