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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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Scholarship America Dream Award

Too often, student scholarship support dries up after freshman year. Scholarship America’s Dream Award is a renewable scholarship fund for students in their sophomore year and beyond — with growing, renewable awards that help ensure talented students can afford to complete the degree programs they’ve started.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident card), or individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
  • Have received a high school diploma or the equivalent from a U.S. school by September 2017.
  • Have completed or expect to successfully complete a minimum of one full year of postsecondary education by June 2018.
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at the sophomore year level or higher at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school in the United States for the entire 2018-19 academic year.
  • Be studying to obtain an associate’s or first bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).
  • Demonstrate financial need.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Scholarship America Website.

Deadline: October 15, 2017

Washington Women in Need Education Grant

Grantees will receive up to $5,000 over a one-year period to pay for tuition and required books at the approved Washington college or university of their choice. Grantees are eligible to apply for one additional $5,000 grant, up to a maximum of $10,000 in total WWIN funding.

WWIN Star Scholar Education Grantees are selected among our grantees who are in their first year of a two-year academic program and their first or second year of a four-year academic program. Star Scholars receive up to $5,000 each year of their college careers, up to $20,000 over four years.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be female as indicated on their Washington State Identification
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older
  • Must have resided in Washington state for the past twelve months
  • Must be a United States citizen or permanent reisdent to the United States

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Washington Women in Need Scholarship Website.

Deadline: October 20, 2017

The Chairish "Design Your Future" Scholarship

Chairish is committed to helping college students achieve their dreams. If you are overcoming obstacles to earn a college degree, we want to hear from you! Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to applicants pursuing design and engineering-related fields.

This scholarship is open to students from all underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds. Examples of ideal applicants include, but are not limited to, students from racial minorities typically underrepresented in higher education, first generation college students, women pursuing a degree in a STEM or typically male-dominated industries, students with disabilities, and or similar situations.

Eligibility requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Applicant must be a graduating high school senior, college undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must be enrolled or planning to enroll at an accredited two-year, four-year or technical/vocational college or university in the United States of America

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Chairish Scholarship Website.

Deadline: January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018

Indy Display Graphic Arts Scholarship

The team at Indy Displays is proud to help further the education of tomorrow’s professionals in graphic design and visual arts. The work of great designers is crucial to the production of each outstanding display we deliver to our clients. Indy Displays believes in supporting talented artists and is offering a $1,000 scholarship for students pursuing a degree in Graphic Design or Applied Arts.

For scholarship guidelines and application details, visit the Indy Design Scholarship Website.

Deadline: July 1, 2018

P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Grant for Women

The P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, established in 1973, is a need-based grant program providing one-time financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to complete a degree or certification that will improved their marketable skills for employment to support themselves and/or their families. This Money is intended as a gran-in-aid for education related expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, transportation, childcare while in class, required uniforms, testing fees and equipment/tools. The grant is not to be sued for living expenses or to repay educational loans or personal debt. Grants will not be awarded to those needing prerequisite courses or choosing immediate continuation of their education beyond the current program for which the grant is requested. The maximum grant i s $3,000. Lesser amounts may be awarded based on funds available in the current year's grant budget and applicants' individual needs. Recipients are eligible to receive only one P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education (PCE) grant.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Enrolled in a technical or degree program; not a doctoral degree program
  • Citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S.A. or Canada
  • Living and studying in the U.S.A. or Canada for the entire course of study
  • Had at least 24 consecutive months as a non-student sometime in her adult life
  • Within 24 consecutive months of completing her degree
  • Enrolled in an educational program which, at the conclusion will lead to employment or job advancement

This program has a rolling deadline and is open all year round.
Please contact Amanda Cichanski with questions or to apply.

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

2016 Undocumented Scholarship Guide for College is a compilation of scholarships that were available in 2016. 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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