WAVE Contest

2010 Poster Design by Melanie Hoff. To order copies of the poster for your use, e-mail Marina Parr.

The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence recognizes outstanding career and technical education students at high schools and community and technical colleges. Monetary awards are provided based on funding.

2011 Award Dates and Deadlines

  • Applications must be turned into the student’s school coordinator by February 4, 2011.
  • Applications are due at the Workforce Board and postmarked no later than February 18, 2011.
  • Winners are expected to be announced in May.

The Award

WAVE monetary awards, awarded if funds are available, pay undergraduate educational tuition for two years (six quarters or four semesters) at an accredited public or private college or university, or licensed vocational school. The school must be in Washington. Students are reimbursed up to the amount of the highest tuition charged by a public university in the state .

If tuition is paid for through other means, the WAVE funds can be used to pay for other valid educational expenses, such as books, supplies, room, board, or transportation. The grant is based on undergraduate study only. The student must maintain a term grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to continue using the award.


Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
128 10th Avenue SW., PO Box 43105
Olympia, WA 98504-3105
Telephone: 360.753.5680 or 360.753.5677
Fax: 360.586.5862
E-mail: tcolbert@wtb.wa.gov or janderson@wtb.wa.gov


Up to three WAVE recipients (two from high schools/skills centers and one from community/technical colleges) are chosen from each legislative district by a selection committee. Each high school and Skills Center may submit an application for at least one student and as many as four students, depending on the total number of graduating vocational program completers. The number of applicants submitted from community and technical colleges is determined by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.


A student is eligible to apply for the WAVE award if currently a state resident enrolled in a Washington state high school, skills center, or public community or technical college, and by June 30, 2011, will:
1) graduate from high school having completed a minimum of 360 hours in a single, approved vocational program; or
2) be enrolled in a public community or technical college and complete at least one year (minimum of 360 hours) in an approved vocational program; and
3) not have been a previous WAVE recipient.

College contacts for WAVE
View the list of WAVE college contacts here to get more information about WAVE at your college or university.

2010 WAVE Awards Announced

The Washington Award for Vocational Excellence (WAVE) selection committee has chosen the 2010 WAVE winners.

Under the current budget, WAVE scholars are designated and recognized in an awards ceremony as is tradition. However, only the top scoring scholar from each legislative district is eligible for a scholarship during the budget year (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011).