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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.

Other opportunities


$500 Arctic Physical Therapy Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be attending college or university in the U.S or Canada no later than January of 2017
  • Achieved a GPA of 3.0 or greater during the last academic year
  • Be a U.S. or Canadian resident
  • Submit answers to the essay question no later than 11:59PM EST on August 31, 2016
  • Student can be enrolled in any field of study

Essay Prompt:

In under 1,000 words, write an essay that outlines at least 3 ways Physical Therapy can make a difference in an individual's ability to live an active, healthy lifestyle.

For more additional eligibility requirements and application materials, visit:

Deadline: August 31, 2016

$1,000 GNP Immigrant Scholarship

GNP encourages applicants to share their own, their parent(s) or their grandparent(s) immigrant experiences. They believe that any financial support, large or small, can serve as a spark for someone's education, where a different path may otherwise be taken.


  • Open to any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program by September 1, 2016 at any accredited U.S. college, university or institute
  • Applicants must submit their application and a 1,000 word essay via the GNP online form

Essay Prompt:

As a first, second or third generation immigrant, describe how your experiences or the experiences of your parent(s) have shaped you as a person and prepared you for your academic and professional careers.

For more information about this scholarship and how to submit your application, visit:

Deadline: August 31, 2016

$1,000 K9 Carts Annual Scholarship

K9 Carts is dedicated to serving handicapped dogs and cats worldwide. K9 Carts is looking to inspire the next generation of animal lovers by sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship for students entering the field of Veterinary Medicine.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Student must be attending an accredited university of college in the U.S.
  • Student must be enrolled in a Veterinary Medicine or related program for Fall 2016

For more information on how to apply, visit:

Deadline: August 31, 2016

$1,500 First Responders Scholarship

A scholarship to aid Fire Fighters, Police Officers and EMTs who are currently enrolled in classes.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Enrolled in an accredited technical school, college, or university in the United States
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Have proper first responder certification (EMT, Paramedic, Police, Fire Fighter, and other emergency personnel)
  • Submit a 500+ word essay

For complete eligibility requirements and application materials, visit:

Deadline: September 1, 2016

$1,500 Mitchell S. Jackson Scholarship for Writers of Color

A scholarship to support an incoming freshman student of color who wishes to pursue a degree in writing.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be an incoming freshman of color who is pursuing a degree in writing, journalism, or a related field
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Submit a 2-3 page essay on the given prompt

For complete application requirements, including essay prompt, visit:

Deadline: September 1, 2016

$1,000- $3,000 Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and its sponsor are celebrating its 18th year by presenting the Youth Awards Program. The program honors Lation high school students across the nation.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a high school student graduating in the spring/summer of 2017
  • Planning to enroll in college fall 2017
  • Identify as Hispanic/Latino
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) ir 7.5 (on a 10.0 scale)
  • Attend regional ceremony in your region. Attendance is mandatory, and HHF will not cover any cost of attending
  • Be a US Citizen/Permanent Resident/ qualify under DACA

For additional eligibility requirements and application materials, visit:

Deadline: October 2, 2016

$5,000 Future Engineers Scholarship

A scholarship to reward commitment to a career in engineering.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a full-time student at the time of application submittal, pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. or Canada during the 2017 calendar year, and be accepted into the College/Faculty of Engineering
  • Have a college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a U.S. or Canadian citizen, a resident alien/landed immigrant, if on a student visa be in good legal standing with their university

For more eligibility criteria and application materials, visit:

Deadline: October 14, 2016

$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:

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

The Richard Bangs Collier
$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 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.

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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