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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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$500 Anita Bell Scholarship

The Neighborhood Clinic annually provides the Anita Bell Scholarship, in the award amount of a $500 scholarship to a second year student in the Tacoma Community College Nursing Program. The scholarship recipient must have an interest in caring for under-served communities and have a financial need.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a second year TCC Nursing student
  • Must have financial need
  • Must have an interest in caring for under-served communities

Applications are available from Julie Benson in the TCC Nursing Department.

Deadline: January 17, 2017 by 3pm PST

$1,500 WSECU Scholarship

This scholarship is for WSECU members who are enrolling or currently enrolled in a college or university. Last year nearly $65,000 was awarded to 29 students. The scholarship application is open now for the Fall 2017 scholarships.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a WSECU member
  • Must be a high school senior or graduate, or a current college student
  • Must be enrolled full-time for the Fall 2017 quarter and working towards a first time degree
  • Must demonstrate financial need

For application details and instructions visit the WSECU Scholarship website.

Deadline: February 13, 2017

$1,000 Growing Together Scholarship is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students who have demonstrated service to their community and have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be enrolled at a college or university and planning to attend in 2017
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstrate Community Service

For scholarship guidelines and application requirements, visit the BloomsyShop Scholarship page.

Deadline: May 16, 2017

$1,000 SimpleTexting College Scholarship

SimpleTexting is offering a $1,000 scholarship for students who can express how their mobile devices improve their lifestyles.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a graduating Senior in high school or a Freshman, Sophomore or Junior in college in the U.S.
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 22

For scholarship guidelines and application requirements, visit the SimpleTexting Scholarship page.

Deadline: January 9, 2017

The 2017 Pride Foundation Scholarships

The LGBTQ & ally scholarship is for students of any age from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington. This year there are over $700,000 in scholarships available for LGBTQ and ally students. There are over fifty different scholarships available with only one application.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students must be a Northwest resident from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon or Washington
  • Have lived within that state for at least one year at anytime within the five years prior to applying
  • Students must show leadership potential either within the LGBTQ community and/or within your field of study
  • Students must lack a broader LGBTQ community support system
  • Students must face additional barriers to educational access, including students who are economically, racially, socially, geographically or politically disenfranchised
  • Students must demonstrate significant financial need

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Pride Foundation Scholarship Page.

Deadline: January 13, 2017 by 5PM PST

Epsilon Sigma Alpha Scholarships

The ESA Foundation will award numerous scholarships annually, you do not need to be a member of ESA to apply. The GPA requirements and program requirements vary and are specific to the individual scholarship. for more information visit their website below.

For scholarship guidelines and application details visit the ESA Washington State Scholarship Page.

Deadline: February 1, 2017

$1,000 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

$500 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


$2,500 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.

$3,000 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
  • 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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