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External Scholarships

These are the current External Scholarships available to all TCC Students. Please refer to the respective scholarship sites for additional information and application materials.

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The Executive Women International ASIST Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students

The ASIST scholarship is available to adults facing economic, social, or physical challenges, who are looking to improve their situation through educational opportunities. The ASIST Scholarship is a non-discriminatory, educational scholarship program for the benefit of nontraditional students pursuing an associates, bachelor or master’s degree.

Selection criteria may include the following:

  • Financial need
  • Socially, physically and economically challenged adults
  • Preference is given to those individuals with children residing in the home

Eligibility requirements:

  • Clearly define career goals and objectives
  • Specify the educational requirements to attain the above goals and objectives
  • Utilize re-entry programs available through colleges/universities/technology centers, community agencies and service groups or career professionals
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Applicant must reside within the boundraies of a participating EWI Chapter - refer to list on ewiconnect.com

For more information visit the EWI Scholarship page, to apply complete the application located here.

Deadline: Applications must be postmarked no later than March 24, 2017. All applications must be mailed to the following address:

Lonia Tate, EWISP/ASIST Chair

2901 3rd Ave., Suite 200

Seattle, Washington 98121


Red Canoe Credit Union Non-Traditional Student Scholarship

The Non-Traditional Scholarship program awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to members who are starting their higher education later than immediately following graduation. If you're not currently a graduating high school senior this year, then this scholarship program was designed for you.

Non-Traditional students are classified as:

  • Adult learners
  • Students who didn’t go directly to college after graduating high school or receiving their GED
  • Students who are starting their higher education later in life
  • Students who have experienced an interruption in their college education for at least one year and are now returning to college to complete their degree

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria

  • Have graduated high school or completed a GED certificate program.
  • Applicant must enroll in an accredited college or university.
  • When applying for the scholarship, the applicant must be a member in good standing of the credit union. (Credit union employees and the Board of Directors are not eligible for the scholarship)

The application and supporting papers must be completed and returned to the Red Canoe Credit Union Scholarship Committee (see address on instruction sheet) by March 31st, 2017. Please make sure all information is complete and all attachments are included. Points will be deducted for incomplete information or answers of N/A. For more information and to apply please visit the Red Canoe Credit Union scholarship website.


W.C. (Wally) Ofls Scholarship from Red Canoe Credit Union

Red Canoe Credit Union is offering educational scholarships for the school year 2017-2018. Eighteen scholarships will be awarded, one in the amount of $3,000.00, five in the amount of $2,000, four in the amount of $1,500, four in the amount of $1,000, and four specifically designated for vocational students in the amount of $2,000.

To be eligible to apply, the applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria

  • Be a graduating high school senior or other person entering your first year of college.
  • Have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Applicant must enroll in an accredited college or university as a full-time student (12 credits per term)
  • When applying for the scholarship, the applicant must be a member in good standing of the credit union. (Credit union employees and the Board of Directors are not eligible for the scholarship)

The application and supporting papers must be completed and returned to the Red Canoe Credit Union Scholarship Committee (see address on instruction sheet) by March 31st, 2017. Please make sure all information is complete and all attachments are included. Points will be deducted for incomplete information or answers of N/A. For more information and to apply please visit the Red Canoe Credit Union scholarship website.


University of Washington - Tacoma Next Steps Scholarship

The Next Step Scholarship recognizes and rewards exceptional scholarly achievement at the community college level. The fund was specifically created to motivate top students at seven South Puget Sound community colleges to enroll at UW Tacoma. 

Eligibility requirements

  • Be enrolled at Tacoma Community College and graduating at the end of the 2016-2017 Academic Year with plans to transfer to University of Washington - Tacoma
  • Be a permanent Washington State resident
  • Preference is given to students pursuing their first baccalaureate degree that have graduated from high school and subsequently enrolled in community college

For more information please visit the University of Washington - Tacoma Next Steps Schoalrship page. You will need to complete the paper application.

Deadline: All application materials are required to be completed by April 3, 2017 at 5PM. All application materials must be submitted together to Financial Aid in Building 14, ATTN: Scholarship Coordinator.


Martin Family Foundation Achievement Scholarship for UW Seattle

The Martin Achievement Scholarship program supports students who have demonstrated signs of exceptional ability in art, humanities, music, science, and/or leadership at one of the fifteen community colleges located around the Puget Sound region. The program selects Martin Achievement Scholars early in their community college career and will fund, encourage and support their study and eventual transfer to the University of Washington-Seattle Campus. Martin Achievement Scholars may receive $5,000 in support for their final year at their community college and up to $12,000 per year for up to three years at UW (contingent upon successful admission to UW).  Awarded on a competitive basis, the Martin Achievement Scholarship recognizes promise and accomplishment in academics, leadership, or contributions to the community. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a Washington State resident who is a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident who intends to become a U.S. citizen
  • Must be currently enrolled at Tacoma Community College and pursuing your first baccalaureate degree
  • Must have a minimum of 15 community college transfer credits
  • Applicants for the 2017 Martin Achievement Scholarship should not plan to transfer to UW-Seattle prior to Summer 2018

For more information and to apply visit the Martin Family Achievement Scholarship website.

Deadline: All application mateirals must be completed by April 7, 2017.


Washington State Home and Community Educators Scholarship

The Washington State Home and Community Educators is sponsoring four $1,000 scholarships for four woman, 25 years or older, who have a defined plan to continue their education to improve the possibilities for advancement or train for a new career. Special consideration will be given to women entering family-related fields.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must have a definate plan to use the desired training to enter or re-enter the job market, to improve chances for advancement or to train for a new career field
  • Must demonstrate a need for financial assistance to upgrade skills or complete their education for career advancement
  • Must be a Washington State resident and attending school in Washington State

For more information and to apply visit the Washington State Home and Community Educators scholarship page.

Deadline: All application mateirals be postmarked by May 16, 2017


Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants Scholarship

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed. Students must write a 500-1000 word essay explaining their career and life goals and their plan for reaching these goals.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students be currently registered in any accredited post secondary institution

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Abbott and Fenner Scholarship page.

Deadline: June 12, 2017


Counter Culturist Awakening Young Minds Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any program of study but is inteneded to primarily interest students who are studying Poetry, Law, Philosophy, English, Psychology or other Liberal Arts. You must have a passion for the written word. Students must create an essay of at least 1,000 words on the topic of how your favorite author or book changed your life.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in an Undergraduate or Postgraduate institution
  • Must be in good educational standing
  • Applicants under 18 must have permission from a parent or guardian
  • Must submit the essay as a PDF, along with name, address, and proof of current enrollment.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Counter Culturist Scholarship Page.

Deadline: August 10, 2017


Horatio Alger National Career & Technical Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

  • Have completed high school or plan to complete high school by Spring 2016 with plans to enroll at a non-profit post-secondary institution by fall 2016
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States
  • Demonstrated critical financial need (must be eligible to receive the Federal Pell grant as determined by completion of the FAFSA)
  • Demonstrated perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Be involved in community service activities
  • Be younger than 30 years old
  • Be a United States citizen

For application materials, visit the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Scholarship page.

Deadline: Application will be open with a rolling deadline until all awards have been given out. Applications will be reviewed monthly.



Pleneurethics Scholarship

The Pleneurethics Society currently supports a scholarship program to assist students in achieving their educational goals. The society has established a program that supports student in the United States and Internationally. The goal of Pleneurethics is to improve the quality of living through better management of neurological resources to promote better overall health and living.

Successful applicants must complete a scholarship paper over the course of the academic year. Outstanding papers may be eligible for publication in the Journal of Pleneurethics and an additional award.

Please visit Pleneurethics for more information and to apply.


Undocumented Student (1079)
Scholarship List for Research

2014 Undocumented Scholarship Guide for College is a compilation of scholarships that were available in 2014. They are organized in chronological order.

The My (Un)Documented Life Scholarship Page has a list of current scholarships that are open to Undocumented Students and is being continually expanded with various deadlines.

 


Additional scholarship search sites:


Some helpful hints when applying for a scholarship:

  • Read the application carefully and follow all instructions.
  • Type all application forms, letters, essays, questionnaires, or any other information. Proofread all materials and make sure they are picture-perfect: no misspellings, no errors. It is always a good idea to have someone else look over the application and attached statements one more time.
  • Be sure your contact information is up to date. If need be, create a clean email address such as firstname.lastname@gmail.com
  • Letters of recommendation (also known as a letter of reference) should come from teachers, counselors, coaches and supervisors. Letters of recommendation should never come from friends or family
  • Think of your essay as your interview. Your essay is what sets you apart from the other applicants
  • Make a copy of your completed application to keep for your records
  • Never pay for scholarship searches

A scholarship information bulletin board with current outside scholarship listings is located next to the financial aid office in Building 14. Stop by and take a look at what is available. 

 

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