The OC Promise

Education transforms lives.

But the high cost of college forces many students to give up on their dreams. That’s why we’re partnering with donors to create the OC Promise, a scholarship program that covers the gap between financial aid and the first year of tuition and fees at Olympic College. The program also provides support services to help Promise scholars succeed.

We’re excited to announce that a pilot class of approximately 30 Promise Scholars from Bremerton High School began classes in Fall 2019. Stay tuned for news from their first year.

How to apply


Go to Fill out the general scholarship application. If you meet the criteria, you will automatically be matched with the OC Promise, which requires additional information.

To be eligible for the 2020-21 OC Promise Cohort, you MUST:

  • Graduate from Bremerton High School during the 2019-20 academic year AND 
  • Live in Kitsap County and qualify for in-state (WA) tuition

You MUST complete EACH of the following steps by April 15 for consideration:

Finally, if selected you MUST:

  • Meet with an OC Promise Coach to develop an educational plan AND
  • Participate in the OC Promise Summer Bridge Program


No. The OC Promise covers the first year (three consecutive quarters, starting Fall 2020) of tuition and fees. Students are responsible for paying for textbooks and transportation.

No. You must also complete the applications for admission to OC and for the OC Promise. The FAFSA and/or WASFA determine your eligibility for federal and state aid. The OC Promise application determines your eligibility for the Promise.

Yes. Studies show that high school graduates who enter college immediately are more likely to complete their education. 

Yes. Studies show that students who attend school full-time are more likely to be successful and to complete their degree or certificate. Promise students are expected to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits per quarter.

Yes. There are no income requirements for participating in the Promise. However, all applicants are required to submit the FAFSA or WASFA and complete a financial aid application.

No. The Promise pilot program is for first-time college students. However, Running Start students and others who don’t qualify for the Promise cohort might still be eligible for OC Foundation scholarships. To apply, go to TODAY. Scholarship deadlines range from Feb. 28, 2020, to April 24, 2020.

You’ll be notified in the spring of 2020.

A Promising Future

  • “I think it will be an incredible opportunity and have a huge impact on our students. It removes the biggest barrier.”

    Monica Sweet '89
    Monica Sweet '89 Bremerton High School Principal
  • “Imagine being a freshman coming to high school, knowing you can go to college. You build excitement. You’re building this whole vision of not having to work at McDonald’s for the rest of your life.”

    Ed Parks
    Ed Parks Board member of the South Seattle College Foundation, which started a promise program in 2008
  • “The Promise opens doors and builds connections and gets students into the right programs they need to be successful.”

    Sam Ponce
    Sam Ponce Graduate of Ventura College (Ventura, CA) and of the college’s Promise program
Removing Barriers for Bremerton

The OC Promise is a bold plan to provide one free year at OC to Kitsap and Mason county high school graduates. It began with a pilot group of 30 students from Bremerton High School in Fall 2019. Expanding the program to all high schools in Kitsap and Mason counties is dependent upon fundraising.

Here’s what Bremerton High School Counselor Chris Swanson had to say about the potential impact:

What would the OC Promise mean to Bremerton students?

How many Bremerton graduates go on to college or post-secondary training programs?

What percentage of Bremerton students are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch?

There are more than 200 Promise programs across the country and they’re having some amazing results. Read our story in SUMMIT magazine to learn more:

Contact us to learn more.