New health care scholarships will grow talent across our state

March 28, 2018

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) program has just announced a significant expansion of its innovative STEM and health care scholarship program. The program will expand to two new populations of students who are ready to fill our workforce talent gaps: (1) Students pursuing sub-baccalaureate professional and technical degree and certification programs offered at our state’s 34 community and technical colleges; and (2) Students pursuing high-demand graduate medical education programs who complete a service obligation in rural or underserved communities.

These changes were authorized by the Washington State Legislature.

We are very happy about these additional scholarships. Our state is facing a shortage of health care providers, especially in our rural communities. This is a wonderful opportunity for many bright minds and talented people. Not everyone is interested or best served by a four-year degree, and we are so fortunate to live in Washington State with excellent community and technical colleges. I’m proud of the results of strong bipartisan efforts toward growing a diverse health care workforce in Washington State.

At WSHA, we work to ensure Washington State residents can get the care they need close to home whenever possible. Scholarship programs such as this are a key piece of helping to solve the health care workforce needs across our state. WSOS is a terrific program that we are proud to support. It’s worth learning more about WSOS if you are not familiar with it, or attending the annual Skills that Shine Networking Event in Seattle April 17 to meet the scholars who are ready to put their skills to work. We applaud this effort and look forward to welcoming these new graduates to our hospitals and health systems in the near future!

Cassie Sauer

WSHA President & CEO


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