Equal opportunity

On-The-Job Training Support Services – Highway Construction Trades Scholarships

8/31/2021: We are accepting scholarship applications at this time. Awards will be made while funds are available, and it is in your best interest to apply early, with a submission of a complete application.*

WSDOT's On-the-Job Training Support Services Program (OJT/SS) provides pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship scholarship opportunities, to support the participation of women, minorities, and other disadvantaged individuals in the federal-aid highway construction workforce, and includes the following trades:

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians (Inside Wireman)
  • Cement Masons
  • Painters
  • Truck Drivers
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Iron Workers
  • Heavy Equipment Operators or mechanics
  • Pile Drivers
  • Laborers
  • Other trades related to highway construction

Awards may be applied to tuition, books, and supplies.

Awards may not be used for:

  • Costs related to union membership
  • Fees for required tests prior to enrollment and/or acceptance into a training program

If you have received a scholarship previously, and are still in a training program or apprenticeship, you may apply again.

Scholarship award amounts will not exceed $5,000, and the total award amount for a single individual will not exceed $8,000 in up to three (3) separate awards.

Scholarships can only be awarded to Washington State residents who provide appropriate identification as noted in the application materials.

Thank you for your interest in the Washington State Department of Transportation’s Highway Construction Trades Scholarship.

How to apply:

Complete the application materials* and submit to OJTSSinfo@wsdot.wa.gov. Make sure you include a letter of acceptance or enrollment into the program of your choice.

*To be considered for an award, your application materials must include:

  • Proof of enrollment in or acceptance to your training program along with contact information and detailed information about the course or program
  • Appropriate identification of your Washington state residency
  • Personal Essay
  • Award amount requested, and for what those funds would be used
  • Three personal and/or professional references

Applications will not be considered complete until all required information has been received

Once a complete application packet has been received, an award determination will be emailed to you and your training provider within 28 business days.

Office of Equal Opportunity Construction Trades Scholarship Application (pdf 673 kb)