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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 Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club Scholarship for TCC Students

The Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club is awarding up to two $3,000 scholarships to returning TCC students for the 2017-18 academic year. These funds are available for tuition, fees, and books on a quarter-by-quarter basis for three quarters. This scholarship is awarded on the basis of financial need, academic achievement and community service.

Tacoma Narrows Rotary principally serves the communities of Fircrest and University Place. As one of its goals, the club recognizes the achievements of local junior high, high school, and community college students by honoring them at special events or by awarding them scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
  • Must have completed at least 36 credits, 25 of which are college level.
  • Must average 12 college-level credits per quarter while receiving the scholarship.

To Apply:

  • Complete the TCC scholarship application located here.
  • Write a description of your academic and career goals and addressing your financial need.
  • Write an essay of at least 350 words about Rotary International. It can be about Rotary International’s contribution on the global level or about Rotary Club’s involvement and/or contribution on the local level. More information can be found at our website.
  • Provide a copy of your current grade transcript, including Spring Quarter 2017.

Completed applications must be returned after Spring quarter grades post to Emily Roska, Scholarship Coordinator, TCC Financial Aid Office, Building 14, by 4:00 p.m. July 5, 2017.

University of Washington Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship

The Martin Family Foundation Honors Scholarship Program enables community college students of exceptional ability and outstanding achievement to complete their baccalaureate degrees at the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. Martin Scholars are encouraged to join the Honors Departmental Program at the UW and, depending on their choice of major, are eligible to graduate with Departmental or College Honors.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must have earned a minimum of 36 credits at a WA State Community College by the time
    they matriculate at UW.
  • Applicants must be WA residents who are US citizens or permanent residents who intend to become US
  • Washington State community college transfer students who are currently enrolled at the University of Washington may not have earned more than 18 UW credits by the application deadline of Thursday, July 6, 2017

The award will depend on successful admission to the University of Washington as a matriculated student. The selection committee gives no consideration to an applicant's gender, race, color, creed, or national origin. For more information please visit the University of Washington Martin Family Foundation Scholarship page.

Deadline: July 6, 2017 if transferring to UW in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Redfin Scholarship

This $2,500 scholarship is a way for Redfin to help one student on his or her journey through higher education. The scholarship application period will occur twice yearly with awards delegated in both the Spring and Fall. The Spring application period is from November 1-January 31 of each year. The Fall application period is from May 1-July 31 of each year.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Legal U.S. resident
  • Must be in good educational standing
  • Graduating high school senior or current freshman, sophomore, or junior in college attending an accredited university or college
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher

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

Deadline: July 31, 2017

TwinStar Community Foundation Scholarship

Each year TwinStart Credit Union awards eight higher education scholarships, each in the amount of $2,000, to student members.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a member of TwinStar Credit Union, and in good standing
  • Must provide proof of enrollment in an institution of higher learning
  • An unofficial copy of the applicant's high school or college transcript must be attached.

Complete the paper application located here or pick up an application from any TwinStart Credit Union Branch. For more information please visit the TwinStar Scholarship Page. Applications may be dropped off at any TwinStar Credit Union branch or mailed to Devin Boyd at TwinStar Credit Union P.O. Box 718 Olympia, WA 98507.

Deadline: July 31, 2017

Counter Culturist Awakening Young Minds Scholarship

This scholarship is open to any program of study but is intended 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

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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