College Bound Scholarship

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The College Bound Scholarship program is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who sign up in middle school and fulfill their pledge. The scholarship includes annual college tuition and a small book allowance. It can be used at Washington State public community or technical colleges, public four-year institutions, and approved independent and private career colleges and universities. 

In addition to signing up in either seventh or eighth grade, students are required to: 

  • Work hard in school and maintain a cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Stay out of trouble with law enforcement
  • Successfully apply to a higher education institution upon graduation
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) during their senior year or after they graduate. 

Ready Set Grad website for more information.


If you meet at least one of these requirements, you should apply for the scholarship:

  • Eligible for free-or reduced-price lunch program
  • Are a foster youth (regardless of income)
  • Receive TANF benefits
  • Meet the family income requirements (Income charts are available in the middle school counseling offices or online)

If you are eligible, you and your parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the application while you are in seventh or eighth grade. You can apply online or by speaking with your school counselor. Applications are also available from the counseling office at all middle schools. 

Deadline: You must apply by June 30 of your eighth grade year.

Using your College Bound Scholarship

The scholarship can be used to earn a certificate or degree at a Washington public, community or technical college. This includes public four-year institutions, eligible independent colleges or universities, or private career schools. For more information about accessing your scholarship, visit the Ready, Set, Grad website.

Questions? Contact Sativah Jones at or 206-631-3163.