WHS c/o '23: Act Six & QuestBridge

Plus, WSU Regents Scholarship!

E - Enrollment: Opportunities for potential FULL RIDE scholarships!

Hey Class of 2023!

If you're considering applying to 4 year college, we'd like to encourage you to read about a few programs that provide very generous full ride scholarships. Please read below for more information!

~WHS School Counseling Team

School Counselors

Office Staff

  • Kimberli Pacheco, Records & Enrollment Specialist, 253.298.4744
  • Bonnie Wiklund, Registrar & Data Manager, 253.298.4713
  • Sheryl Moore, College & Career Specialist, 253.298.4871

About Act Six

Act Six recruits diverse, multicultural cadres of a region’s most promising emerging urban and community leaders. The Initiative seeks young people who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home.

Act Six scholars must be:

  • committed to anti-racism and compelled to work for justice and equity,
  • passionate about learning,
  • eager to foster intercultural relationships,
  • willing to step out of their comfort zones,
  • committed to serving those around them, and
  • ready to make a difference on campus and at home.

Who is Eligible to Apply

Students should apply if they:

  • love their community and want to use their college education to make a difference as a leader on campus and at home;
  • will graduate from high school in 2023, or previously graduated in 2022 or 2021;
  • are not currently enrolled at a four-year college
  • want to attend at least one of the Act Six partner colleges in their program site.

While ethnicity and family income are considered as factors in selecting an intentionally diverse group of scholars, there are no income restrictions, and students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

There is no minimum GPA requirement and admissions standards vary across the partner colleges. In general, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will need to demonstrate their readiness for academic success in college through their recommendations, essays and/or test scores.

***** The deadline to apply is November 15, 2022 *****

About QuestBridge

QuestBridge is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that exists to ensure high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds can reach their full potential at the nation's best colleges.

QuestBridge is looking for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges. They take a holistic approach to reviewing applications, and do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, income, or other factors.

****** The deadline to apply is September 27, 2022 ******

Academic Criteria

The following is based on profiles of past Finalists and are not strict cut-offs:

  • Grades and rigor of high school curriculum
    Primarily A's in the most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, AP, and/or IB level courses).
  • Class rank
    Top 5-10% of graduating class.
  • Standardized test scores (if taken)
    SAT score >1260
    ACT composite score >27
    Please note: Test scores are not required to apply, and around 50% of QuestBridge applicants in the past year did not have test scores. All applications are reviewed holistically, so students who have not taken standardized tests can still be selected as Finalists; however, they should ensure they meet the standardized testing requirements for each college partner they're interested in.
  • Additional criteria
    Evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination.

Financial Criteria

Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a typical household of four and have minimal assets. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial criteria carefully to see if they may qualify.

QuestBridge will thoroughly review the financial information in each student's application. Students who are selected as Finalists will need to submit official documentation verifying their financial situation directly to the colleges to which they apply.

Household income

All sources of household income are taken into account, including, but not limited to:

  • Salaries, wages, and tips
  • Business and farm income
  • Rental income
  • Interest and dividend income


All assets held by the household are taken into consideration, including:

  • Home ownership
  • Business or farm ownership
  • Cash and savings
  • Investments
  • Additional properties
  • Retirement distributions
  • Alimony
  • Child support received

Non-custodial parent income and assets

Students with divorced or separated parents must report the income and assets of their non-custodial parent, as this information is taken into consideration by our college partners when determining financial need. The only exception is when the student has not had contact with the non-custodial parent for an extended period of time. đź’ˇ Visit AskQB to learn more.

Household circumstances

Individual household circumstances are taken into consideration, including:

  • The number of people supported by the household income
  • The number of students in college (undergraduate only)
  • Unemployment or other changes to the household income
  • Eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch
  • Having been in foster care
  • Other non-discretionary financial commitments, such as high medical bills

Personal Circumstances

We also take the following factors into account when reviewing applications:

  • Parents' level of education
    77% of Finalists are among the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college in the U.S.
  • Activities, including home or family responsibilities
    Participation in extracurricular, community, or other activities.
    Activities may include home or family responsibilities, such as part-time jobs to help pay bills or caring for siblings if parents are absent or at work.
  • Honors, awards, and achievements
    Accomplishments and leadership roles in extracurricular or other activities.
  • Personal traits
    Strength in character and motivation to succeed.

About WSU Regents

The WSU Regents Scholars Program recognizes Washington’s top high school students who are community leaders, academic innovators, and committed scholars.

Washington HS can nominate TWO students for this prestigious award. If you are planning to apply to WSU AND would like to be nominated, please see your school counselor by October 21st.


  • September 19: Nominations open
  • October 21: Deadline to notify WHS School Counselor of your intent to apply to WSU and be considered for Regents Scholarship.
  • October 28: Counselor nomination deadline
  • November 18: Student application deadline
  • Early 2023: Award winners notified

The Regents Scholars Program has two award levels:

  • Distinguished Regents Scholar: Full tuition and mandatory fees for up to 18 credits per semester, for four years. Approximately 10 students will receive this award.
  • Regents Scholar: $4,000 per academic year for four years. All qualified nominees who complete the admission and scholarship application process by the deadline will receive this award.

Students must enroll full-time at the WSU Pullman campus in fall semester 2023 to receive their Regents award.