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Washington HECB Washington Scholars Program

Washington Scholar candidates are nominated to the HECB by their high school principals in late autumn. Each public and private high school in the state is encouraged to submit nominations equal to one percent of the graduating senior class. All nominations are reviewed by a committee comprised of representatives from public and private high schools, state educational agencies, and administrators of public and private four-year higher education institutions in the state.


The HECB annually awards 147 Washington Scholars and 49 alternates. The three highest-ranked candidates in each legislative district are recognized as Washington Scholars. The fourth-ranked candidate from the district is designated as a Washington Scholar-alternate.

Washington Scholars may receive state grants at public or independent colleges and universities in the state, for up to 12 quarters or eight semesters of undergraduate coursework. Scholars attending an independent college or university receive grants contingent upon the school matching the state grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis with institutional gift aid.

To be eligible for the grant, the Washington Scholar must enroll at a qualifying college or university effective fall term immediately following high school graduation, and remain continuously enrolled for three academic quarters or two semesters. To continue receiving the grant after the first three quarters (or two semesters) of study, the Scholar must maintain a 3.30 minimum cumulative grade point average.

For additional information, contact The Washington Scholars Program at the address above or visit our website. You may also contact your high school principal or guidance counselor for application details.

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