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Set : Washington Scholars

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 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

The following provisions are in effect for the financial award portion of the Washington Scholars program:

  • Washington Scholars selected in spring 2010 or earlier who have unused capacity in their awards and continue to meet other eligibility requirements, may receive a monetary scholarship benefit for in-state undergraduate coursework, contingent upon funds availability. The monetary benefit is indexed to authorized public tuition. Exception: Grant values for Scholars at in-state private institutions are frozen at 2014-15 tuition levels during the 2015-17 biennium.
  • Annual Washington Scholars scholarship value adjustments will not reflect any increases that exceed the legislatively-assumed budget increases.
  • Washington Scholars honorees selected in spring 2011 through spring 2015 received honorary recognition only and are not eligible to receive monetary scholarship benefits due to state budgetary restrictions. 

2016-17 Maximum Award Amounts
(Awards Vary by Institution)

For Washington Scholars (selected in spring 2010 or earlier) who have remaining scholarship eligibility
University of Washington $10,081
Washington State University $9,884
Four-year Private, Semester-based Institutions $11,418
Four-year Private, Quarter-based Institutions $11,418
Central Washington University $6,603
Eastern Washington University $6,110
The Evergreen State College $6,528
Western Washington University $6,731
Public Community Colleges
(15 credit max, may vary by school)
Up to $3,852
Public Community Colleges
(15 credit max, may vary by school)
Up to $3,852


State Laws and Rules

State Statute - 28A.600 (100-150)
State Statute - 28B.76.660
State Statute - 28B.76.665
State Rules and Regulations – WAC 250-66

For general program information, contact:
Email: Ann M. Voyles
Phone: 360-753-7843

For other policy information, contact:
Email: Becky Thompson
Phone: 360-753-7872