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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. 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. 

Enacted in 1981, the Washington Scholars program recognized high-achieving students, from among the top one percent of their graduating class, who distinguished themselves through academic excellence, leadership, and community service. The program awarded a college scholarship to recipients until 2010, when monetary benefits for new awardees were suspended. Students recognized between 2010 and fall 2015 were provided honorary recognition certificates without the benefit of a monetary scholarship.

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

  • Washington Scholars awarded in spring 2010 or earlier who have unused capacity in their awards, and who have continued to meet other eligibility requirements, may receive a monetary scholarship benefit for in-state undergraduate coursework if program funds are available. The monetary benefit is indexed to authorized public tuition.
  • Washington Scholars honorees selected in spring 2011 through spring 2015 received honorary recognition only and are not eligible to receive monetary scholarship benefits. 

Please direct any questions regarding student eligibility or current funding availability to Ann Voyles, program associate, using the contact information below.

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