About Us

About Us

Washington Scholarship Coalition

Making college possible, one person at a time.

The Washington Scholarship Coalition (WSC) is a public/private partnership that includes nonprofit organizations, private foundations and state agencies committed to increasing access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students. In January 2010, the WSC launched theWashBoard.org, a free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents and students attending college in Washington.

The WSC is concerned that 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 annually1 and private scholarships reach only seven percent of undergraduate students2

Goals of the Washington Scholarship Coalition

  • 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
  • Create a high-quality, trusted, centralized resource


 1. Private Scholarships Count, Institute for Higher Education Policy, May 2005
 2. Private Scholarships Count, Institute for Higher Education Policy, May 2005

Governance Structure

Executive Steering Committee

  • Responsible for strategic planning of the Coalition and theWashBoard.org, budget management, and developing a forward-leaning leadership agenda.
Washington Student Achievement Council
College Spark Washington
Nela Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Technology Steering Committee

  • Responsible for theWashBoard.org management and oversight of the development process.

Marketing and Outreach Advisory Group

  • Responsible for outreach and marketing of theWashBoard.org to scholarship seekers and providers.

More Information

Contact theWashBoard.org Customer Service at admin@thewashboard.org or 888-535-0747, option #8