Career Center

Scholarship Spotlight

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The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) was created in 2011 to address unfilled seats in the high-demand sectors that drive our economy like aerospace, engineering, technology and health care as well as rising tuition costs at Washington colleges and universities.

Businesses and the Washington State Legislature joined forces to fulfill the promise of better education and career opportunities for Washington students. Together they have created a unique public-private partnership, with significant support from founding partners Boeing and Microsoft and matching dollars from the State.

This first-of-its-kind program supports Washington students from low- and middle-income households to attain bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields including science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and health care through scholarships of up to $22,500 as well as professional development, skills-building workshops and genuine industry exposure to help increase the rate at which students enter our state's workforce.

DUE FEBRUARY 28, 2019 


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Family Health & Wellness Foundation 

The Family Health & Wellness Foundation (formerly Trios Foundation) is pleased to announce that it will be making three scholarships available between $3,000 to $5,000 to recipients pursing an education in the health care field for the 2019-202 academic year.

The key consideration for this scholarship are academic accomplishment, financial need, involvement in the community, and desire to work in the health care field. Go to to see if you are eligible.



Kennewick Schools Foundation Scholarships

The Kennewick Schools Foundation is currently accepting applications for multiple scholarships. These scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, sex, religion, or ethnic origin. Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need, extra-curricular activities, community service and GPA standing.

DUE MARCH 22, 2019


2019 Smart Choices Scholarship Program

The WIAA, Dairy Farmers of Washington, and Les Schwab Tires are pleased to announce the sixth annual Smart Choices College Scholarship, which will recognize one female, and one male high school student for their achievements in athletics/activities, the community, and the classroom with a $5,000 college scholarship to the college or university of their choice.

In addition to the two $5,000 scholarship winners, eight finalists will receive $1,000 scholarships.

DUE APRIL 1, 2019


Tips for Searching for Scholarships 

Scholarship lists are available to students and parents.  The Kamiakin list is available in The Career Center and on our website.  This list includes both national and local scholarships and is mostly for seniors although there are occasional opportunities for non-seniors.  This list in no way includes every scholarship that’s out there.  Look at the websites of other high schools as well as other sites, including the ones below.  Our Career Specialist in our Career Center, can help students and parents access these resources and answer many questions. 

 Here are some tips for students and parents about searching for scholarship money:

  • Be motivated – it’s hard work.  It involves searching websites, writing essays and being very organized.  Parents and students need to decide the time and effort you are willing to expend.
  • Be supportive – help keep tabs on deadlines, recommendations and essays but don’t do all the lifting.
  • Don’t pay for a service.
  • Stick close to home – try to land local scholarships (these usually come out later in the school-year) from groups that you know or hear about. The odds of winning a nation-wide mega scholarship are not in your student’s favor. A more effective use of your time is to pursue scholarships from your employer, church group, local service chapters in the community and awards for special interests like future teachers etc.
  • Set realistic goals – how much money do you want to go after?
  • Pay attention to details – deadlines matter.  Follow directions.  If they want a 3.0 minimum don’t apply with a 2.5. Complete the entire application.  Kids frequently skip stuff.  Review the application with your student. 
  • Give us time - If the application needs counselor (or teacher) signature or information, give us time.  Don’t press deadlines by requesting required information and signatures at the last minute.