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Mayor Durkan Announces Municipal Match Partnership with Washington State Opportunity Scholarship to Strengthen STEM Pathways for Seattle Promise Scholars

Scholarships up to $22,500 are available to enhance financial support for students pursuing careers in STEM fields and healthcare

Left to Right: LD 43 Spokesperson Emeritus Frank Chubb, LD 23 Representative Drew Hansen, WSOS CEO Kimber Connors, Seattle Promis and WSOS Scholar Albany Garcia, Mayor Jenny Durkan, President of Microsoft Brad Smith, President of South Seattle Colleges Dr. Rosie Raimando Charyonsap, and DEEL Director, Dwayne Chappelle.

Seattle (November 18) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, DEEL, and partners from the education, philanthropy, and STEM industries announce a new partnership with the Washington State Scholarship (WSOS) to advance pathways to college and career advancement for promising Seattle scientists pursuing careers in Professions, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and health care. Seattle is the first city in the state of Washington to become a Local Partner for this competitive scholarship, ensuring that Seattle Promise scholars receive ongoing financial assistance and support as they successfully complete the Seattle Promise program and move on to further their education at another institution.

The city will invest up to $400,000 in WSOS through 2023 as part of the city’s economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the state of Washington will match the city’s dollar-for-dollar investment. The Municipal Matches Partnership will be funded by the Federal Local Coronavirus Recovery Funds (CLFR), resulting in a total of $800,000 in new scholarship funds for up to 60 Promising Seattle Scholars. While all students in Washington State are eligible to apply for WSOS, only Scholars of Promise are eligible for funding available through the New City of Seattle Partnership.

Read the full announcement here on Mayor Durkan’s blog.


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