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The Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) suspended nominations for the Washington Scholars program effective fall 2015, beginning with the graduating class of 2016. 

For 34 years, the Scholars program has recognized high-achieving students, among the top one percent of their graduating class, who distinguished themselves through academic excellence, leadership, and community service. The program provided a college scholarship to recipients until 2010, when program funding was suspended for new recipients. Students recognized between 2010 and fall 2015 were provided honorary recognition certificates without the benefit of a monetary scholarship.

WSAC and AWSP believe the program was intended to provide a merit scholarship to encourage our distinguished scholars to attend postsecondary institutions in Washington. Without the scholarship component, the organizations have suspended the selection process. 

If you have questions, please contact Ann Voyles, program associate, by phone at 360-753-7843 or by email at

Previously-Selected Recipients 

Washington Scholars and Alternates named to the award in spring 2010 or earlier, who have unused capacity for the monetary benefit, and meet other eligibility requirements may receive the scholarship for undergraduate level coursework, contingent upon funds availability. These eligible recipients may use their scholarship at any participating public or private college or university in the state of Washington. 

Award Amounts

For previously selected Scholars with unused capacity for the monetary benefit, the intent of the scholarship is to mirror the cost of resident, undergraduate tuition and service and activity fees charged by Washington public colleges and universities; however, the scholarship is subject to annual appropriations and may be prorated.

Scholarship values are re-evaluated annually. Adjustments to the scholarship amount may be made during an academic year as funding dictates. The maximum scholarship payable will not exceed the Scholar’s actual tuition charges, and “overload” credits are not included. Scholars attending private in-state colleges may receive the scholarship if the school matches the state scholarship on a dollar-for-dollar basis with institutional gift aid. 

Currently, the maximum scholarship values payable at in-state public colleges and universities are at legislatively-authorized tuition rates. The maximum award values payable to Scholars attending a private in-state institution are frozen at 2014-15 public tuition levels for the 2015-17 biennium. All grants are subject to appropriated funding available. 


2016-17 Maximum Award Amounts
(Awards Vary by Institution)
For pre-existing recipients only

 For Washington Scholars (selected in spring 2010 or earlier) who have remaining scholarship eligibility


Maximum Award

University of Washington


Washington State University


4-Yr Private, Semester-based Institutions


4-Yr Private, Quarter-based Institutions


Central Washington University


Eastern Washington University


The Evergreen State College


Western Washington University


Public Community Colleges
(15 credit max., may vary by school)

Up to $3,852

Public Technical Colleges
(15 credit max., may vary by school)

Up to $3,852


For more information
E-mail: Washington Scholars Program
Phone: 360-753-7843