About the WISE Scholarship for Women in Washington

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The 2017 WISE application submission period is closed.


The WISE (Women in STEM Excel) Scholarship was created by Dr. Alexander Sobel to support, empower, and encourage women in Washington pursuing education in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. Washingtonian women interested in a career in a STEM field are welcome to apply for the $1,500 scholarship.

The scholarship award is to be used toward tuition and educational expenses, including but not limited to: textbooks, supplies (paper, pens, notebooks, etc.), required technology, on-campus dining, housing, and transportation costs.

The scholarship award will be disbursed directly to the student in the form of a cash prize. The selected student will be required to furnish information necessary to issue a 1099 tax form, including social security number, as part of the process for dispersing scholarship monies. Student will be responsible for any resulting tax obligations.

Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

The WISE Scholarship is open to female Washington residents pursuing education in a STEM field. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Student must be a female Washington resident;
  • Student must be pursuing a degree/career path in a STEM-related field* at an institution of higher learning;
  • Applicant must submit one letter of recommendation with valid contact information;
  • Student must complete application form and provide original essay answers.

*Eligible STEM subjects include: Chemistry, Computer & Information Technology Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, Astronomy, Social Sciences, and STEM Education and Learning Research.  For the full list of eligible majors click here.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact us for assistance.

All application materials must be submitted by 5PM PDT on June 16, 2017.