theWashBoard.org

Smarter Scholarship Matches 

Access to private scholarship aid is haphazard. In Washington state, there is no central clearinghouse for scholarship access and data collection. Nationally, approximately $100 million in private scholarship assistance fails to get distributed annually[1] and private scholarships reach only seven percent of undergraduate students[2].

Beginning in 2006, College Spark provided funding to develop a state scholarship website, theWashBoard.org.  During the past 9 years, the project goal has been to simplify and centralize the scholarship search and application process for Washington students, particularly low-income students.  In January 2010, theWashBoard.org, a free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents and students attending college in Washington, was launched.

College Spark Washington has invested nearly $2 million dollars in development and outreach of theWashBoard.org.

Goals of theWashBoard.org 

  • Increase access to scholarships for Washington students, with an emphasis on low-income and underserved students
  • Increase awareness of financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Improve efficiencies in private scholarship application process
  • Improve availability of data on private scholarships


 

 


[1] Private Scholarships Count, Institute for Higher Education Policy, May 2005

[2] Private Scholarships Count, Institute for Higher Education Policy, May 2005