Groups challenge NCW students to apply for ‘opportunity’ scholarships

Source: The Wenatchee World

WENATCHEE — The Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance and Apple STEM Network are hoping this year’s high school seniors will take advantage of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarships.

The scholarships provide up to $22,500 for students pursuing science, technology, engineering, math or health care at an eligible state college or university starting in the fall. The application deadline is Feb. 28.

Last year, 48 of the 1,850 scholarships granted statewide were awarded to students in Cashmere, East Wenatchee, Quincy and Wenatchee.

Apple STEM Network, an alliance of K-12, higher education and community groups, and the North Central Educational Service District, is helping promote the scholarship program.

Washington State Opportunity Scholarships awards students up to $22,500 over their college careers with additional skill-building and professional development support.

WSOS was created in 2011 to address rising tuition costs and a lack of local STEM talent prepared for industry demands. The state matches private dollars raised by WSOS, including founding partners Microsoft and Boeing. For information visit

Community members interested in information about the scholarship or supporting outreach activities can reach out to the Apple STEM Network (

Reach Nevonne McDaniels at 509-664-7151 or .